The Logan Bandits flag football team lost 46-14 recently in the state tournament in Wheeling.
The team then went to the second round of double-elimination play in the best of the rest and won three games, eventually downing the Nitro Mustangs 46-40 in double overtime.
Luke Adams threw for five touchdowns and ran for two more for the Bandits.
Blake Dalton, Chapmanville Regional High School’s starting right guard, was surprisingly the leading receiver. He set the single game reception record against Division I, semi-pro and other college level athletes.
The Logan Bandits and the Nitro team play in the West Virginia Flag Football League.
Both the Northern and Southern leagues started play in September. Each division has about 8-10 teams.
Don Chamberlan is the director of operations for the flag football league in West Virginia. He had heard about the success of Greg Dillon’s Southern West Virginia flag football league and wanted them to join forces last year In Boone/Logan County.
“We have started from humble beginnings,” Dillon said. “We played on a corn field up on Saw Mill Road in Chapmanville. Then we went to regular fields at Boone County parks and the Waterways field to now playing on Scott High School’s Field Turf.”
Dillon said the season was a success.
“We try to do three things: Create a healthy lifestyle, let people who enjoy the football atmosphere an outlet to participate and bring economic gain to whatever city we are participating in,” he said. “Brian Kirkendoll, Zach Belcher and I sat around one day and was thinking of ways our friends and kids could enjoy the the game and get better and this is what it came to.”
The Logan Bandits team was made up of: Luke Adams, Adam Stollings, Anthony Stollings, Derrick Mullins, Robert Jeffrey, Justin Wiley, Austin Baker, Aaron Smith, Corey Parsons, Bernie Brumfield, Kalen Bentley and Keith Noe.
Most of the flag football teams were played on Sundays.
Dillon said Adams was one the top players on the team.
“He is everywhere,” Dillon said. “He runs, passes, plays cornerback and he usually scores several touchdowns each Sunday from either the offensive or defensive side of the ball. I don’t know if he played middle school, high school or college ball but the kid is wearing out those who did.”
The Nitro Mustangs are led by Tyler Wolfe. He’s one of three Wolfe brothers on the team, Dillon said.
“We travel from Nitro/Poca each week,” Wolfe said. “It is run well and it’s not like other leagues. Greg’s league lets us block within reason. Centers are used. We punt and kick field goals. We even had a guy a couple years ago who drop kicked field goals. It isn’t just for speedsters. The bigger boys can play and we love that. The previous league we were part of we could not jump, block or even talk loud. Greg’s league is controlled, but lets us play football and we love to play.
“We were thankful that Greg set us up with Don Chamberlain to have an opportunity to play for a state championship. We have been a part of a few league playoffs and it was great.”
Dillon said he hopes the flag football league will continue to grow.
“Working with Mr. Chamberlain has been great,” he said. “We met some great people and some wonderful athletes. We were working on bringing the state championship to newly turfed Tiger Stadium in Chapmanville but we could not get a commitment to pull it off. Hopefully we can get a commitment so Chapmanville or Madison can get the opportunity to host some great athletes and the communities can enjoy the event.”
(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).