Logan-Man game dates back to 1923


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



In 1923 football was still in its infancy, drawfed in popularity by baseball, America’s national pastime.

The Super Bowl was still more than four decades away.

Leather helmets were still being used.

It was a different time and a different era.

The fledgling midwest-centered National Football League was in just its fourth season of play.

The Canton Bulldogs repeated as NFL champions after ending the season with an 11-0-1 record, edging out the Chicago Bears (9-2-1) and the Green Bay Packers (9-2-1).

The humble NFL had franchises in such places as Racine, Toledo, Duluth, Dayton, Akron, Rochester and Louisville.

The league even had a barnstorming, traveling team called the Oorang Indians, a LaRue, Ohio squad entirely made up of Native-Americans and led by the legendary Jim Thorpe, the team’s player/coach.

In the college football ranks, Illinois had its own legend, Red Grange, who led the Fighting Illini to an 8-0 record and a consensus national championship. Illinois seemingly wrapped up the title with a 7-0 win over Chicago in front of 60,000 fans at the Illini’s Memorial Stadium as Grange scored the game’s only touchdown.

Back home in Logan County 1923 was also a watershed year.

It was the first ever time Logan and Man high school lined up against each other in competition on the gridiron.

Homestanding Logan, led by head coach Sam Emsweiller, would beat Man and head coach E.H. Sheldon 60-0.

It was the first of 77 meetings between the two county rivals.

Game No. 78 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25 at Logan in the Kickoff Classic.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.

Last year, Man beat Logan 18-13 at Man in the first-ever game played by the two teams on Field Turf. Last summer, Logan, Man and Chapmanville carpeted their football fields with Field Turf as part of a joint $2.5 million project funded by the Logan County Commission and the Logan County Board of Education.

Going way back, the Wildcats dominated the early years in the rivalry, going 11-0-1 over Man in the 1920s and 1930s. The only blemish was a scoreless tie in 1934. Man was only able to score a single touchdown against Logan in the nine meetings in the 30s.

Logan and Man only met once in the 1940s, according to the records compiled by local football historian Rick Baker, a 34-0 win by the Wildcats.

Man finally broke through in 1953 with a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats as Logan went 15-1-1 over the Hillbillies in the first 17 meetings.

Logan continued to dominate the Hillbillies, going 7-3 against Man in the 1950s and sporting a 7-0 mark in the 1960s.

Then came along a man named William “Tootie” Carter.

The tide shifted in Coach Carter’s Man High School tenure (1969-98) as the Hillbillies dominated Logan during the span, going 20-9 over the Cats. Carter would lead Man to three Class AA state championship games in 1977, 1980 and 1984.

Man was 6-4 vs. Logan in the 1970s, 7-3 in the 80s and 7-3 in the 90s. Man’s “Blue Funk” defense of the 70s was particularly strong in the Logan game as the Billies held the Cats to six points or less in all of the six wins including three shutouts.

In Carter’s last year at the helm in ‘98, The Billies blasted Logan 46-21.

Then in 1999 came another shift.

It was the first Logan-Man game without Carter at the helm in 31 years.

Logan, led by head coach George Barker, would beat homestanding Man 18-7 in the ‘99 game, breaking a 12-game losing skid dating back to 1997. Logan was 0-10 in ‘98 and hadn’t won a game since a 40-20 victory over South Charleston on Oct. 23, 1997.

Barker would go on to lead the Wildcats to five straight victories over the Billies until 2003, winning 49-9, 19-0, 27-6 and 18-0, before resigning and bolting for his alma mater Chapmanville.

Logan would go 7-3 over Man in the 2000s decade.

After Barker’s departure, Gary Mullins, a former assistant, took over the reigns of the program. In his 12 years, Mullins is 7-5 vs. Man. The Hillbillies’ current head coach, Harvey Arms, is 5-9 vs. Logan in 14 years.

The 2009 game was significant for Coach Arms and the Billies. Man, a Class A school at the time, blasted Class AAA Logan 34-7 and went on to go 12-2 and reach Wheeling’s Super Six. Man, which had homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and winning three games, would end up falling 27-7 to Weirton Madonna in the Class A state championship game.

In the 2010s, Logan leads Man 4-2 in the series, taking four straight wins from 2010-13. Three of those teams ended up reaching the Class AAA playoffs with the 2011 team having a post-season home game.

Man has had the last laugh, beating Logan in a 32-26 overtime thriller in 2014 and 18-13 at home last year.

The OT game in 2014 was the first ever county clash between the Billies and the Wildcats to go into an extra period.

This year’s Logan-Man game will also he historic.

It will not only be the first game in the series to be played on Logan’s Field Turf it will also be played on a Thursday night. Only two other games in the state of West Virginia will be played that night so that will thrust the matchup into the state’s spotlight.

It will also be the first time the two teams will be competing in the same Double-A classification.

Back in the 1990s for a brief time, both Man and Logan were Class AAA schools.

Man had been a Single-A school for more than a decade but was the only school in the state to actually raise in classification when the SSAC did its latest realignment.

Logan, a former Class AA school from 2003-08, is back in the Double-A ranks for the first time in seven years.

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Logan Wildcats vs. Man Hillbillies

All-time football series since 1923

(Logan leads 49-27-1)

The 2010s:

(Logan 4-2)

2015: Man 18, Logan 13

2014: Man 32, Logan 26 (OT)

2013: Logan 40, Man 20

2012: Logan 33, Man 0

2011: Logan 30, Man 7

2010: Logan 55, Man 18

The 2000s:

(Logan 7-3)

2009: Man 34, Logan 7

2008: Logan 14, Man 12

2007: Logan 33, Man 14

2006: Man 18, Logan 13

2005: Logan 12, Man 10

2004: Man 22, Logan 18

2003: Logan 18, Man 0

2002: Logan 27, Man 6

2001: Logan 19, Man 0

2000: Logan 49, Man 9

The 1990s:

(Man 7-3)

1999: Logan 18, Man 7

1998: Man 46, Logan 21

1997: Man 55, Logan 0

1996: Man 13, Logan 12

1995: Man 20, Logan 12

1994: Logan 6, Man 0

1993: Logan 20, Man 16

1992: Man 20, Logan 0

1991: Man 17, Logan 12

1990: Logan 15, Man 14

The 1980s:

(Man 7-3)

1989: Man 20, Logan 0

1988: Logan 7, Man 0

1987: Logan 26, Man 0

1986: Man 24, Logan 7

1985: Logan 20, Man 14

1984: Man 24, Logan 0

1983: Man 18, Logan 0

1982: Man 15, Logan 0

1981: Man 7, Logan 0

1980: Man 20, Logan 0

The 1970s:

(Man 6-4)

1979: Man 10, Logan 6

1978: Man 26, Logan 0

1977: Man 28, Logan 6

1976: Man 14, Logan 6

1975: Man 26, Logan 0

1974: Logan 7, Man 0

1973: Logan 36, Man 27

1972: Man 20, Logan 0

1971: Logan 18, Man 6

1970: Logan 8, Man 0

The 1960s:

(Logan 7-0)

1967: Logan 53, Man 0

1966: Logan 20, Man 7

1965: Logan 18, Man 6

1964: Logan 54, Man 14

1963: Logan 12, Man 0

1961: Logan 31, Man 6

1960: Logan 28, Man 0

The 1950s:

(Logan 7-3)

1959: Man 18, Logan 6

1958: Logan 19, Man 13

1957: Man 12, Logan 7

1956: Logan 27, Man 0

1955: Logan 2, Man 0

1954: Logan 20, Man 6

1953: Man 6, Logan 0

1952: Logan 21, Man 0

1951: Logan 27, Man 6

1950: Logan 13, Man 0

The 1940s:

(Logan 1-0)

1940: Logan 34, Man 0

The 1930s:

(Logan 8-0-1)

1939: Logan 20, Man 0

1938: Logan 33, Man 0

1937: Logan 31, Man 0

1936: Logan 12, Man 6

1935: Logan 27, Man 0

1934: Logan 0, Man 0 (tie)

1933: Logan 20, Man 0

1932: Logan 27, Man 0

1931: Logan 20, Man 0

The 1920s:

(Logan 3-0)

1925: Logan 46, Man 6

1924: Logan 12, Man 0

1923: Logan 60, Man 0

— Compiled scores courtesy of Rick Baker

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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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