LOGAN, W.Va. — When Logan and Chapmanville have met on the football field you can usually expect a tough game and a close game.
The Tigers and the Wildcats are set to continue their rivalry on Friday night at Logan.
Chapmanville comes into the contest at 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the Cardinal Conference after last week’s 53-20 win at home over Poca. No. 12-ranked Logan, coming off a 41-12 setback at Point Pleasant, is 3-1, 1-0.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
It will also be the annual Logan homecoming game.
Excitement is brewing this week’s clash.
A lot than bragging rights will be at stake as far as playoff positioning goes.
Chapmanville needs a win to break over .500 and stay in the Class AA post-season chase. Logan, which was ranked seventh last week in the WVSSAC ratings, needs a win to further bolster its position.
Logan leads the all-time series with Chapmanville, 8-7, but have lost the last two meetings, including last year’s 43-26 setback at Chapmanville.
The Tigers and Wildcats have had a competitive series but didn’t start playing each other until 2001.
Six of the 15 meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. The 2014 game went into overtime as the Tigers won 48-42 at Logan in the last game in the series to be played at LHS.
A large crowd is expected for the game.
The Wildcats, already with a 48-13 win over Man in their pockets, can also claim the county championship with a win over the Tigers.
“It’s always good to play against them,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “There’s going to be a big crowd and the weather is supposed to be good. We have to play well in order to win. They’re a good football team so we’re looking forward to getting out there.”
Logan’s defense will be tested by Chapmanville’s offense, which kicked into gear last week. Tigers’ QB Adam Vance completed 18-of-28 passes for 361 yards last week.
Vance hooked up with Dylan Smith on strikes of 46, 67 and 40 yards. Smith also scored on an 11-yard toss sweep and added a 45-yard fumble return on defense for a fifth score.
Smith finished with six catches for 177 yards and an additional three carries for 26 yards. He was also the leading receiver in the Cardinal Conference heading into last Friday night’s game.
For the season, Smith has 27 catches for 424 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also rushed 30 times for 156 yards and four more scores.
Vance is 64-of-91 passing for 886 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Tigers’ leading rusher is Lincoln County transfer Tristan Browning, who has 66 carries for 361 yards and three scores.
Billy Sheppard and Austin Butcher are two more of Vance’s targets. Sheppard has reeled in 14 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. Butcher has 15 catches for 149 yards and a score.
Mullins said Smith is a potent weapon but the Tigers have many more.
“Dylan is definitely a tough matchup for us,” Mullins said. “But he’s not the only player that they have out there. All of their wideouts are really good. Their running back (Tristan Browning) runs the ball really hard. Adam Vance gets the ball out of his hands really quick. They cause you a lot of problems on defense. They’ve been about as efficient as they can be up until this point.”
Logan held tight last week against favored Point Pleasant, trailing 24-12 at halftime. The Big Blacks then outscored Logan 17-0 in the final two quarters.
“We felt like we played well,” Mullins said. “We just got worn down. We couldn’t capitalize on all of their mistakes. They fumbled the ball a few times and we couldn’t get on it. We turned the ball over a couple of times. Honestly, they just wore us down as the game went on. They had 70-some players and we were playing a lot of our guys both ways. We seemed to get a little tired there at the end of the game. We’ll work on that this week and keep trying to get better and try to play our best game on Friday night.”
Logan freshman QB David Early was 14 of 20 passing for 173 yards and a touchdown — a 70-yard strike to Michael Hall. He was also intercepted once and was sacked four times.
“Their front eight guys were pretty good,” Mullins said of the Big Blacks’ down linemen. “Probably the best that we’ve seen. They blitzed a lot and put a lot of pressure on us. I thought David played well. He was 13 of 20 passing for 173 yards. That’s a good completion percentage.”
For the season, Early is 51 of 81 passing for 900 yards with 14 TDs and six picks.
Hall leads the Logan ground game with 13 carries for 217 yards and two scores. Early has 155 yards rushing and three scores.
Hall has 10 catches for 250 yards and four TDs after four games. Braxton Goff has 11 grabs for 245 yards and three scores. Jamal Minter has 15 catches for 239 yards and three TDs.
— Chapmanville coach Rob Dial will comment on the CRHS-Logan game in Thursday’s Logan Banner sports.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Chapmanville (2-2, 2-2) at No. 12 Logan (3-1, 1-0), Logan Homecoming Game
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Stadium, Logan, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 41-12 at Point Pleasant, Chapmanville beat Poca 53-20
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville beat Logan 43-26
ALL-TIME SERIES: Logan leads 8-7
Logan vs. Chapmanville
All-Time Football Series
(Logan leads 8-7)
2015: Chapmanville 43, Logan 26
2014: Chapmanville 48, Logan 42 (OT)
2013: Logan 27, Chapmanville 14
2012: Logan 20, Chapmanville 0
2011: Logan 22, Chapmanville 21
2010: Chapmanville 35, Logan 20
2009: Chapmanville 21, Logan 14
2008: Chapmanville 21, Logan 6
2007: Chapmanville 13, Logan 12
2006: Logan 14, Chapmanville 7
2005: Logan 42, Chapmanville 6
2004: Logan 29, Chapmanville 6
2003: Chapmanville 20, Logan 14
2002: Logan 27, Chapmanville 8
2001: Logan 21, Chapmanville 0
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 1-0 3-0 152 55
Logan 1-0 3-1 161 78
Chapmanville 2-2 2-2 121 73
Wayne 0-1 1-2 78 85
Scott 0-4 0-4 63 129
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Winfield 2-0 2-1 100 96
Sissonville 3-1 3-1 122 97
Herbert Hoover 3-1 3-1 118 78
Nitro 1-1 1-2 38 92
Poca 0-3 0-4 44 177
Friday, September 23 games:
*Chapmanville at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
*Mingo Central at Nitro, 7 p.m.
*Scott at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
*Wayne at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover — OPEN DATE
Sissonville — OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
Friday, September 16 results:
Point Pleasant 41, Logan 12
Chapmanville 53, Poca 20
Sissonville 40, Scott 18
Wayne 58, Oak Hill 21
Winfield 51, Herbert Hoover 48
Mingo Central — OPEN DATE
Nitro — OPEN DATE
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).