When the Logan High School football team hits the field on Friday night at home against the Poca Dots it will be the first Cardinal Conference game for the Wildcats since 2007.
Logan dropped in classification from 3A to 2A and rejoined the league.
The Cats only have four official conference games due to scheduling issues as Logan will face Poca, Sissonville, Chapmanville and Scott.
Logan will add Wayne, Mingo Central, Winfield, Nitro and Herbert Hoover to its schedule next fall and will keep county rival Man as its only non-conference tilt.
“I think they are going to deem some of our other games as conference games since we don’t have the full nine,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “I’m not sure if the Man game is going to be one of those games but this will be the first actual Cardinal Conference team that we are going to play so we’re excited to get out there.”
Mullins said his team must play well on Friday night against Poca, a team riding a 28-game losing streak, but a squad that will be hungry for a win.
“We need to be excited to play every game,” he said. “We’re not the kind of team that can just show up. We’re going to have to play with intensity and speed. When you run the spread offense you have to be clicking on all cylinders.”
Tigers’ one-two punch
Chapmanville junior QB Adam Vance has quickly found a top target in Dylan Smith. In last week’s loss at Sissonville, Vance was 11-for-20 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week.
Dylan Smith had 14 carries for 73 for one touchdown and four pass receptions for 61 yards.
“Adam played well especially as the game got going,” CRHS coach Rob Dial said. “In the first half it was a little bit shaky but he got better as the game proceeded. He managed the offense well. He controlled the tempo and got us in and out of the huddle. Dylan played well in the first half. Austin Butcher also played well throughout the game.”
Chapmanville’s trio of linemen Timmy Bigley, Seth Whitt and Evan Willis played just about every down in last week’s Sissonville game.
“We were watching the game film on Sunday and Timmy Bigley, Seth Whitt and Evan Willis may not have gotten off the field more than seven or eight plays the entire game,” Dial said. “We’ve got to find other guys to step in there and give them a break.”
Logan senior center Caleb McDonald remains out of the lineup.
He injured his knee early in August during a preseason practice.
“Other than our preseason injuries no one else was hurt last week,” Mullins said. “There’s no way to tell about Caleb McDonald. It will just be how rehab goes. We’re sure hoping that he can get back out there. That seems to happen to the best kids too.”
Man High School running back Jake Frye, a between-the-tackles runner, is also likely out for this week’s home game against Mount View with an injured collar bone.
Both Man and Logan host Hall of Fame games on Friday night.
Chapmanville Regional High School freshman Waylon Hensley was injured in Monday’s JV game.
“He broke his arm in the JV game,” Dial said. “We hate that for him. We’re praying that he will have a quick recovery.”
Special teams blunder
Few things went wrong last week in Logan’s 48-13 season-opening win over Man.
One miscue was a special teams blunder.
After Logan struck on the first play from scrimmage on a 75-yard pass from QB David Early to Braxton Goff the Wildcats lined up for the point after kick.
The snap was bobbled, however, and Logan kicker Chris Watkins didn’t have a chance to even put his foot to the ball.
“It was a bobbled snap,” Mullins said. “We were a man down and had an equipment issue. Those things are going to happen but we’re not going to go for many extra points this year if we can’t get lined up properly. We’ll just go for two points.”
This week in the Cardinal
Four Cardinal Conference games are on tap this week, including the Poca at Logan and Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville games on Friday night.
The other two league games have Scott traveling to Winfield and Wayne going to Sissonville.
The other non-league matchups have Mingo Central hosting Class A and former conference team Tolsia and Nitro hosting Class AAA team and nearby rival St. Albans in the Battle for the Bridge.
Three Cardinal teams received votes in this week’s Charleston Gazette-Mail poll. Mingo Central is fourth in Class AA, while Herbert Hoover is ninth. Logan received seven votes and is 11th.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Logan 0-0 1-0 48 13
Mingo Central 0-0 1-0 58 13
Wayne 0-0 0-1 8 26
Chapmanville 0-1 0-1 15 22
Scott 0-1 0-1 7 14
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 1-0 1-0 22 15
Herbert Hoover 1-0 1-0 14 7
Nitro 1-0 1-0 9 6
Winfield 0-0 0-1 15 28
Poca 0-1 0-1 6 9
Friday, September 2 games:
*Poca at Logan (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
*Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
*Scott at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
*Wayne at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
St. Albans at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
* Cardinal Conference game
Thursday, August 25 results:
Logan 48, Man 13
Friday, August 26 results:
Sissonville 22, Chapmanville 15
Mingo Central 58, Wyoming East 13
Herbert Hoover 14, Scott 7
Tolsia 26, Wayne 8
Nitro 9, Poca 6
Hurricane 28, Winfield 15
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).