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.
Week 1 High School
Thursday, Aug. 25 games
Man at Logan
South Charleston at George Washington
Wheeling Central at Steubenville Central (Ohio), 7:45 p.m.
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.
Saturday, Aug. 27 game
Madonna at Bishop Donahue, 7 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).