Kickoff Classic puts Logan-Man in spotlight


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Man's Dustin McCoy (6) gets a carry in last year's season opening game against Logan.


It’s still a little more than two months away but the season-opening Kickoff Classic between the Logan and Man high school football teams is starting to gain some excitement.

The game, set for Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Logan Football Stadium, will be only one of two games across the state of West Virginia that night.

Most teams will open the following night on Friday, Aug. 26, and there will also be a game on Saturday Aug. 27.

Man, coached by Harvey Arms, went 8-3 during the 2015 football season, bowing out with a 38-28 defeat at the hands of Tug Valley in the Class A playoffs. It was the second straight year the Panthers had knocked the Billies out of the post-season.

Logan was 4-6 last year.

The other in-state game on Aug. 25 has South Charleston traveling to George Washington.

Another game involving a West Virginia school, has Wheeling Central traveling out of state to play at Steubenville Central (Ohio).

“I don’t think that I could get any more excited and I don’t even get to play in it,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said, when asked about the opener with Man. “There’s fans at Chapmanville, Scott and Mingo Central and also Wayne, Wyoming East and Westside. None of those teams play that night so they can all come over to the game. We’re expecting a real big crowd so you’d better get here early.”

Both the Wildcats and Hillbillies finished up their three-week summer practice period on July 1.

Chapmanville Regional, led by first-year coach Rob Dial, opens the season on Aug. 26 at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference game.

Logan re-enters the Cardinal this fall after spending the last several years as a Triple-A school. Former Class AAA teams Nitro and Winfield are also joining the league.

Winfield is also a former member of the Cardinal Conference.

Nitro, a longtime Class AAA school, had played for years in the Mountain State Athletic Conference and was one of the league’s founding members.

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Week 1 High School

Football Openers

Thursday, Aug. 25 games

Man at Logan

South Charleston at George Washington

Wheeling Central at Steubenville Central (Ohio), 7:45 p.m.

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Friday, Aug. 26 games

Beallsville (Ohio) at Gilmer County

Bluefield at Graham (Va.)

Brooke at Huntington, 7 p.m.

Calhoun County at Wirt County, 7 p.m.

Cameron at Hundred, 7 p.m.

Capital at Johnson Central (Ky.)

Chapmanville at Sissonville

Clay-Battelle at Valley Fayette

Doddridge County at South Harrison

East Hardy at Page County (Va.), 7 p.m.

Eastern (D.C.) at Martinsburg, 7 p.m.

Elkins at North Marion

Fairmont Senior at Robert C. Byrd

Fayetteville at Clay County

Grafton at Philip Barbour

Greenbrier East at James Monroe

Hampshire at Preston

Hannan at Montcalm, 7 p.m.

Herbert Hoover at Scott

Hurricane at Winfield

Jefferson at Millbrook (Va.), 7 p.m.

Lewis County at Bridgeport

Liberty Harrison at East Fairmont

Lincoln at Braxton County

Magnolia at Shadyside (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Meadow Bridge at Van

Midland Trail at Independence

Mingo Central at Wyoming East

Moorefield at Frankfort, 7 p.m.

Mount View at River View

Nicholas County at Greenbrier West

Nitro at Poca, 7 p.m.

Notre Dame at Pendleton County, 7 p.m.

Oak Glen at Weir, 7 p.m.

Paden City at Symmes Valley (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Parkersburg at St. Albans, 7 p.m.

Parkersburg Catholic at Buffalo

Petersburg at Keyser, 7 p.m.

Pocahontas County at Tucker County

Point Pleasant at Lincoln County

Princeton at Shady Spring

Ripley at Parkersburg South, 7 p.m.

Ritchie County at St. Marys

Riverside at Woodrow Wilson, 7 p.m.

South Point (Ohio) at Roane County

Spring Mills at Musselman, 7 p.m.

Spring Valley at Cabell Midland, 7 p.m.

Summers County at PikeView

Tug Valley at Sherman

Tygarts Valley at Valley Wetzel

University at John Marshall, 7 p.m.

Wahama at Ravenswood

Washington at Hedgesville, 7 p.m.

Wayne at Tolsia

Webster County at Richwood

Westside at Liberty Raleigh

Wheeling Park at Perry Academy (Pa.), 7 p.m.

Williamstown at Tyler Consolidated, 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Aug. 27 game

Madonna at Bishop Donahue, 7 p.m.

Man’s Dustin McCoy (6) gets a carry in last year’s season opening game against Logan.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_1Tuesday-Dustin-McCoy-carry2-CMYK.jpgMan’s Dustin McCoy (6) gets a carry in last year’s season opening game against Logan.

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(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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