As a former high school quarterback himself, Logan High School coach Gary Mullins knows of the increasingly important role of a prep signal-caller.
The quarterback is always important and always has been to the success of a high school team.
For many programs, the time is long gone of the days of a quarterback taking a snap and turning and handing off to running backs all night long.
Since Mullins took over as the Wildcats mentor in 2004, Logan has taken to the air with such prolific passers as Ryan Miller, Justin Taylor, David Brown, Chris Marcum and others.
Logan will be looking for a new quarterback this season as the June three-week summer practice period began this week and the regular football practices are set to get under way in early August.
The Wildcats lost last year’s starting QB Alex Toler to graduation. Last season, Toler completed 98-of-187 passes for 1,259 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Toler also ran for 146 yards on 26 attempts.
Logan returns a pair of quarterbacks from last year’s roster, including rising seniors Brian Farley and Daniel Browning.
Jamal Minter, a rising senior wide receiver, also saw some time last year at QB as he completed 1-of-4 passes for 18 yards. Farley was 1-for-1 for 37 yards. Browning had one pass attempt which was incomplete.
Coach Mullins said there will be more competing for the job.
“We could have up to five competing for it,” Mullins said via text.
Logan’s new QB’s will get their first test on Friday at Chapmanville as the Wildcats are scheduled to take part in a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Tiger Stadium. The Host Tigers, Scott, Poca and Wayne of the Cardinal Conference are slated to be there as well as Valley Fayette.
Logan is scheduled to host its own 7-on-7 event on Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. on the Logan Stadium turf. The Wildcats are slated to tangle with Chapmanville and Scott and a host of other teams.
The Wildcats went 4-6 last year and will be back in the Class AA Cardinal Conference this fall after spending the last seven seasons as a Triple-A school.
Logan is scheduled to open the regular season on Thursday, Aug. 25 at home against county rival Man. The Hillbillies will also be competing as a Double-A school this season after more than a decade of Single-A ball.
The Cardinal Conference, which is expanding to 10 teams with the additions of Logan, Winfield and Nitro, will be going to a nine-game league schedule.
With Logan only having four official conference games this season, five others will most likely be designated as league games. The Cats will have a full league slate in 2017.
Logan made it to the 2A playoffs twice under Gary Mullins. Since moving up to Class AAA in 2008, the Cats advanced to the post-season three more times.
2016 Logan High School
Aug. 25: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Open Date
Oct. 7: at John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: at Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).