Logan to host 7-on-7 Friday night


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



So do you need to satisfy your football fix?

You can’t wait until the end of August?

Then show up at the Logan Football Stadium on Friday at 6 p.m. as the Logan High School football team will be hosting a 7-on-7 scrimmage.

Logan will join county rival Chapmanville as well as Scott and Poca in the four-team, round-robin event between Cardinal Conference teams.

The 7-on-7 is an annual rite of early summer for high school football teams, which are allowed to practice for three weeks during the three-week June summer practice period.

There’s no tackling or hitting and there’s no score being recorded but the 7-on-7s allow for teams to work with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive secondary in game-like situations.

If you’ve never seen a 7-on-7 it’s like the backyard football that you played as a kid.

You zig and I’ll zag.

The 7-on-7s are especially beneficial if you are breaking in a new quarterback.

That’s the case for all of Logan County’s three teams as the Tigers (Alex Berry), Wildcats (Alex Toler) and Hillbillies (John Thomas Keffer) all had their starting quarterbacks graduate.

Logan is looking to strong-armed and athletic freshman David Early, who saw the bulk of snaps last week in the Wildcats’ 7-on-7 scrimmages last Friday night at Chapmanville against the host Tigers, Scott, Poca, Wayne and Valley Fayette.

Last year at Logan Middle School, Early was 33-for-62 passing for 1,017 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven two-point conversion passes. He also ran with the pigskin 97 times for 1,280 yards with 23 TDs and 11 conversion runs. Early was in on 49 tackles and had four interceptions last year on the defensive end.

Chapmanville is also looking for a new starter with the departure of Berry, a three-year starter.

Adam Vance, who saw some time under center last season, is fighting for the starting job. In last week’s 7-on-7 event at home, Vance looked sharp as he zipped passes to favorite targets Dylan Smith, Billy Sheppard and Lincoln County transfer Tristan Browning.

Early was also on target last week as he fired several passes to his top wideouts Jamal Minter, Daniel Browning, Skyler Miller and others.

The three-week practice period is set to close out on July 2.

The teams will then be off until regular practices are to begin the first of August.

Logan opens the season on a Thursday night this year at home as the Cats tangle with county rival Man on Aug. 25. Chapmanville opens the season the next night at Sissonville in a conference clash.

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By Paul Adkins

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(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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