Logan High School’s much-heralded freshman phenom quarterback David Early had a successful debut in the Wildcats’ 48-13 win over county rival Man on Thursday night in the Coalfield Kickoff Classic at Logan Stadium.
Logan scored “Early” and often as Early completed 12-of-18 passes for 240 yards and four TDs on passes from 75, 75, 4 and 27 yards out.
Early’s first play was a memorable one as he tossed a swing pass to senior wide receiver Braxton Goff which went for a 75-yard touchdown.
It was the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Early rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards last year as the Logan Middle School quarterback.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said he was impressed by Early’s play.
“Our quarterback did a great job getting the ball out there quick,” Mullins said. “That’s what we want our offense to look like. He had quick decision making and he looked good running the ball. For the first time out he didn’t seem like the moment bothered him at all in front of this big crowd.”
Back to Double-A
Thursday’s game was Logan’s first game back as a Class AA school.
Logan, a longtime 3A school, was a 2A member for a few years in the 2000s. Since 2008, Logan returned to Triple-A.
“They’re excited about that,” Mullins said about being a 2A school again. “This game wouldn’t have changed anything. We would have played them anyway. But they are Double-A too. This gives us more excitement. Before, it was really tough on us.”
Mullins was happy with the win but knows his team has a long way to go. Logan was 2-8 in 2014 and 4-6 last year.
“I’m not much on celebrating wins,” Mullins said. “We’re going to fix what’s wrong then go on to the next week. Maybe we’ll enjoy this one in December some time.”
If you were at Thursday’s Logan-Man game, you might have noticed something different.
The Wildcats set up their sideline on the non-grandstand side of the Logan Stadium, bucking tradition.
Coach Mullins said he decided to make the switch because with few standing-only fans on that side of the field it makes it easier for him and his coaching staff to communicate better with his players since it is much quieter.
The side is the shaded side of the field as well in the early evening hours.
Logan’s defense was very tough against the Hillbillies.
“James Toth came down here last year and he’s worked really hard and has got this defense looking really good,” Mullins said. “He and Coach (David) Toney have really put in a lot of time. I think our defense is one of the best defenses that we’ve had here in a while.”
Coach Mullins also said his team blocked very well and opened up holes.
“I thought our line blocked extremely well,” Mullins said. “Tyler Browning and Devin Hensley also blocked great.”
Dots on tap
Logan would seem to have a very good chance to go 2-0 on the season as the Cats host the Poca Dots next Friday night in the annual LHS Hall of Fame Game.
Poca once had a solid football program, winning three straight Class AA state titles in the early 2000s.
The Dots have since fallen on hard times.
Poca has endured back-to-back 0-10 seasons and are 1-29 over the last three years.
The Dots were 1-9 in 2013, with the last win being a 32-28 victory at Buffalo on Sept. 13, 2013.
Poca (0-1) has a 28-game losing skid heading into this week’s game at Logan. The Dots were beated 9-6 by rival and new Cardinal Conference team member Nitro on Friday night.
“We don’t know much about them,” Mullins said. “We played them in 7-on-7. We have to just keep getting better and better and worry about what we do. We’re looking forward to the Hall of Fame week. Hopefully we can come out here and bring some more exciting brand of football out here next Friday night.”
The Poca game will also be the Cardinal Conference debut for the Wildcats.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).