LOGAN, W.Va. — There’s no time to dwell on last week’s loss.
The Logan High School football team squandered a chance to win the Logan County championship last Friday night by falling 29-8 at home to rival Chapmanville Regional in a game the Wildcats led early 8-0.
The loss dropped Logan to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Cardinal Conference but the Wildcats still have plenty of opportunities to remain in the Class AA playoff chase.
Logan observes a bye week this week and after a tough loss and being in the middle of the season it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Wildcats have a chance to grab some big points in the WVSSAC Football Ratings over the course of the next few weeks but Logan will have to do it on the road as LHS plays at John Marshall on Oct. 7 and at Greenbrier East on Oct. 14.
John Marshall and Greenbrier East are holdovers from Logan’s former Triple-A days. It’s the last year Logan will play the two.
In the SSAC’s ratings system, 12 points are awarded for wins over Class AAA teams, while wins over Class AA and Class A squads get you nine and six points respectively.
The chance is there for Logan to rack up the points over the Monarchs and Spartans.
John Marshall is 0-5 this season after losing 44-12 at home to Parkersburg South last week. The Monarchs also have been saddle with losses to University (41-14), Mountain Ridge, Md. (35-27), Weir (15-6) and Bellaire, Ohio (20-0).
Greenbrier East is 2-3 heading into this week’s game at University.
The Spartans lost 42-8 last week at Bluefield. East lost 34-6 at James Monroe in the opener, then won 28-23 at Beckley. After a 33-7 win in Week 3 at home over Preston, the Spartans lost 62-8 at Musselman.
John Marshall, fielding a much stronger team last year, beat Logan 62-26 at LHS. Logan is 1-2 vs. Greenbrier East over the last three years, including last year’s 56-0 loss to the Spartains. Logan beat East 48-29 in 2013 and 42-19 in 2014.
Logan hopes to not waste its bye week this week and correct the things that went wrong last Friday against the Tigers.
One of those is penalties.
Last Friday, Logan was flagged 13 times for 124 1/2 yards.
“The biggest thing that we’re going to talk about this week is being disciplined,” Mullins said. “We can’t let things around you bother you and you can’t react to that. It was embarrassing the amount of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and personal foul penalties that we had. We had a lot of penalties and you can’t win games like that. That puts you in first-and-30s and helped extend Chapmanville’s drives. I thought that we were more grown up than that and I thought that we had more self-control than that but obviously we do not. We have to definitely work on this in the bye week.”
The Wildcats also didn’t seem to get many breaks.
After being tied 8-8 at halftime, it seemed to snowball from there as Chapmanville took the momentum and then control of the game.
“Also what our kids have to realize is that it doesn’t matter if the referees miss a call,” Mullins said. “Anybody can make the excuse about the referees and that’s what we chose to do and you can see where it got us. Every call is not going to be correct. Just like life everything is not going to go your way. You either have to find a way to overcome what’s happening or you just quit and Friday night we chose to show ourselves out there and we definitely didn’t show the kind of football team that Logan High School can put out there.”
After taking on the pair of Class AAA teams, Logan is set to square off with Sissonville, Oak Hill and Scott to close out the season.
“We definitely have a chance to win some games,” Mullins said. “We just have to start taking care of some of the little things and play a better game than we have in the last two weeks if we are going to beat anybody left on our schedule.”
Logan freshman quarterback David Early enters the bye week just 10 passing yards short of reaching 1,000 on the season. He’s completed 60 of 99 passes for 990 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Michael Hall is the leading rusher with 16 carries for 244 yards and two TDs. Early has 35 rushes for 230 yards and three scores.
Jamal Minter is Logan’s leading receiver with 20 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Braxton Goff has 13 grabs for 260 yards and three scores. Hall has 12 catches for 253 yards and four touchdowns.
Shawntez Matthews is Logan’s leading tackler with 41 stops, an interception and a pass breakup.
Daniel Browning has 35 tackles, three sacks, a blocked punt and a quarterback pressure.
Minter also has 35 tackles with three pass breakups, two caused fumbles, a sack and a QB pressure.
Cody Maynard has 33 tackles, two pass breakups and a caused fumble.
Chucky Felder has 20 tackles and four pass breakups. Goff has 20 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a caused fumble.
Cezar Cruz checks in with 19 tackles and a sack, while Tyler Browning has 18 stops and a fumble recovery.
2016 Logan High School
Football Schedule (3-2):
Aug. 25: Man (Coalfield Kickoff Classic), W 48-13
Sept. 2: *Poca (Hall of Fame Game), W 61-11
Sept. 9: Lincoln County, W 40-13
Sept. 16: at Point Pleasant, L 12-41
Sept. 23: *Chapmanville (Homecoming), L 8-29
Sept. 30: Open Date
Oct. 7: at John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: *Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: at Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: *at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).