The 2015 high school football season hasn’t gone the way Logan and Scott would have liked.
Both teams have been saddled with losing seasons and it all comes to an end for the Wildcats and Skyhawks on Friday night as the two teams are set to meet at Logan Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Logan, which broke a five-game losing skid with last week’s 35-14 win over Oak Hill, comes into the game with a 3-6 record.
Scott is 2-7 after observing a bye week last week. The Skyhawks last played a couple of weeks ago as the Skyhawks were throttled 62-12 by top-10 ranked Mingo Central.
For one team, at least, they will be able to end a rather disappointing season with a win on Friday night.
Logan hopes to be that team.
“If we can get a win here that would double our win total from last year,” LHS coach Gary Mullins said. “Our JV team finished its season undefeated on Monday night and our middle school team won its first ever conference championship in school history. Doubling your win total and having those young guys coming definitely looks like our program is headed in the right direction for sure.”
Scott started out strong in the Mingo Central game a couple of weeks ago as the Skyhawks tied it 6-6 with Alan Johnson’s kickoff return for a touchdown after getting a lateral from Codie Loftus.
The Miners regained the lead but Scott closed to within 14-12 as Loftus intercepted a Stevie Hammond pass and took it to the house.
It was all Mingo Central after that as the Miners outscored the Skyhawks 48-0.
The Miners were able to roll up 725 yards of total offense on Scott. The Skyhawks were limited to only 194 yards. Mingo Central had 345 yards in the air and another 380 yards on the ground as the Miners averaged a hefty 11.7 yards per play.
Scott, a member of the Class AA Cardinal Conference, opened the season with a 39-12 loss at Herbert Hoover, then won 40-34 at home over 3A also-ran Lincoln County.
The Skyhawks then lost 48-16 to Chapmanville and 40-0 to Sissonville before scoring a 54-15 win over the hapless and winless Poca Dots on Sept. 25.
Scott has since lost four straight games — 38-28 to Westside, 58-12 to Wayne, 34-16 to Tolsia and the loss to Mingo Central a couple of weeks ago.
Scott head coach Shane Griffith installed a wrinkle in the Skyhawks’ offense during the Tolsia game with junior running back Garrett Roberts lining up in “wildcat” formation to run and pass the ball. In the meantime, Skyhawks’ quarterback Austin Mitchell lined up at running back for several snaps and ran for two touchdowns in the second half.
Tolsia took a 34-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Scott was able to score a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and two-point conversions.
With 4:43 on a fourth quarter clock, Mitchell scored on a 21-yard touchdown run. Roberts tacked on the conversion run.
The with 1:21 left in the game, Mitchell scored his second touchdown on a 24-yard run. Loftus converted the two-point run for Scott to finish out the scoring.
Mullins said Scott is a good team despite the sub .500 record.
“They are just like just about any Scott that you’ve seen,” he said. “They are very physical and really quick at the running back position. They play extremely hard. I just think they are a product of a tough schedule. They’ve played a lot of good football teams. We’re going to have to play a good game to beat them. They’re definitely a good team and we have a great relationship with their coaching staff and their players and we work out together a lot in the summer time. We know a lot about each other. We’re looking forward to going out with a win.”
Logan QB Alex Toler was 8-for-12 passing for 108 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s win over Oak Hill.
Matt Cox had 24 rushes for 150 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 3 yards. Cox also had two catches for 33 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown, and was The Logan Banner’s Athlete of the Week.
Jamal Minter had four catches for 66 yards and two scores covering 6 and 28 yards.
Daniel Browning led the Logan defense with 14 tackles. Devonte Tolliver had 11 tackles, while Minter had eight.
On the season, Toler is 92-for-191 passing for 1,179 yards with 11 TDs and 11 interceptions.
Cox has 140 carries for 914 yards and nine scores and needs just 86 yards on Friday night to reach 1,000.
Cox is also Logan’s leading receiver with 28 catches for 466 yards and six scores. Minter has 23 grabs for 289 yards and Tyler Browning has 19 catches for 183 yards.
Daniel Browning is Logan’s leading tackler with 52 total stops. He also has a caused fumble, a fumble recovery, two sacks and a pass breakup.
Tolliver has 47 tackles and two forced fumbles, while Chance Conn has 43 total tackles.
Minter has 39 tackles, four fumble recoveries (one for a TD), three interceptions and a pass breakup.
Shawntez Matthews has 38 tackles, while Hunter Vance and Tyler Browning have 34 each. Nate Smith has 35 tackles, two pass breakups and a caused fumble.
Cox has also been key to Logan’s defense with 30 tackles, six pass breakups, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Scott (2-7) at Logan (3-6)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Stadium, Logan High School, Logan, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan won 35-14 over Oak Hill … Scott was idle.
RADIO: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, W.Va.
INTERNET STREAM: www.loganwildcats.tv
Logan vs. Scott
Football Series Last 11 years
(Scott leads 7-4)
2014: Scott 60, Logan 34
2013: Logan 42, Scott 13
2012: Logan 16, Scott 3
2011: Scott 38, Logan 7
2010: Logan 41, Scott 6
2009: Scott 13, Logan 6
2008: Scott 25, Logan 14
2007: Scott 40, Logan 21
2006: Scott 57, Logan 25
2005: Logan 15, Scott 12
2004: Scott 20, Logan 12
(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).