It’s championship week this week for area middle school football teams.
The Logan Middle School football team (7-1), having its best season in 12 years, is scheduled to host Ripley on Thursday night at 7 at Logan Stadium in the Mid-Valley championship game. Logan beat Ripley 34-26 earlier in the season.
The Man Middle School Pioneers (6-1) are scheduled to play undefeated Duval (7-0) on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Black Diamond Conference title game at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
Over in Mingo County, the top-seeded Burch Bulldogs (7-1) are scheduled to face Lenore (5-3) in the Mingo County championship game on Thursday at Mingo Central High School’s Buck Harless Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Lenore advanced to the finals with an 8-6 semifinal playoff win at Gilbert last week. Burch advanced with a 52-22 victory over the Matewan Tigers.
The Logan Timberwolves are led by quarterback David Early, who ran for 257 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns and also passed for another score last Thursday night in a 44-38 win at Hurricane to advance to the title game.
On the season, Early ran with the ball 86 times for 1,098 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s also scored 10 two-point conversions and is 23-of-51 passing for 847 yards and 12 TDs with six successful two-point conversions.
Man suffered its first loss of the season last week at home to the same Duval Yellowjackets’ team.
Man Middle, led by head coach Tootie Carter, took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 17-yard TD run to pay dirt by Cameron Frye with 2:14 on the first period clock. Duval then scored 26 unanswered points to secure the win.
Duval got a trio of touchdowns from Carson McComas and another score from Caden Easterling.
Burch beat Lenore 50-8 earlier in the season at Delbarton.
The Bulldogs are led by QB Drew Hatfield, who scored six touchdowns and passed for another in the previous meeting with the Rangers this fall.
Hatfield finished last week’s game against Matewan with 154 yards rushing on only five carries, two of which went for touchdowns. Hafield also passed for another score and also had a touchdown on a fumble return. Gavin Farley had a career high 91 yards rushing on 13 carries and one touchdown.
Lenore trailed Gilbert 6-0 in last week’s playoff game but tied it with a 7-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Easton Davis to Caleb May. The Rangers then scored on the two-point conversion as fullback Parker Brewer bulldozed his way into the end zone.
The conversion and two points ended up being the difference.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).