LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan High School football team’s season has definitely taken a turn for the worse.
After a promising 3-0 start, the Wildcats now find themselves at 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Cardinal Conference heading into Friday night’s game against Sissonville (6-1, 6-1).
It’s the regular season home finale for Logan, which closes out with away games at Oak Hill and at Scott.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
Sissonville, which beat Logan 56-0 last season, will be a formidable foe for the Wildcats, which were down to just 29 dressed players last week in a 34-22 loss at Class AAA Greenbrier East.
The Indians are ranked No. 6 in the state in the Class AA WVSSAC ratings.
Sissonville routed Nitro 48-28 last week.
The Indians opened the season with a 22-15 win at home over Chapmanville Regional, then won over Wayne (38-12) at home before falling at home to Mingo Central (55-22) in Week 3.
Sissonville has since reeled off wins over Scott (40-18), Winfield (28-26), Herbert Hoover (28-26) and Nitro last week.
Chance Brown, a senior quarterback, leads the Sissonville offense. He was the fourth-leading passer in the Cardinal Conference going into last week as he had completed 67 of 127 passes for 1,057 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Brown was the second-leading rusher with 75 attempts for 570 yards and six scores.
Sissonville’s Austin Cook, leads the Cardinal with 131 rushes for 835 yards and five TDs after seven weeks.
The Indians have a pair of top receivers in Colton Faber (14 catches, 277 yards and 1 TD) and Bryce Taylor (17 catches, 267 yards and 3 TDs).
Brown gave Sissonville a 7-0 lead with a 35-yard TD run early in the game last week. Brown was 19 for 25 passing for 279 yards and two TDs. He rushed for 75 yards and scored twice himself. Brown had 195 first-half passing yards — 148 to the senior Taylor. Taylor finished the game with a game-high eight catches for 152 yards.
Cook had two touchdowns in the game — one rushing and one on the receiving end. On the night, Cook finished with 109 yards on 11 tries and two touchdowns along with the receiving score.
The Indians led Nitro 28-7 at the half and outgained the Wildcats 327-130 in total yards.
“Behind Point Pleasant they might be the best team that we’ve faced all year. There’s a big gap behind Point Pleasant though,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “Their the second-best team on our schedule.”
Mullins said Brown is very good.
“Their quarterback might be the best quarterback that we’ll see this year,” Mullins said. “He’s a great player. He killed us over there last year running the football. He’s just a winner. He reminds me a lot of Khaleel Reynolds that we used to have here as far as making a lot of plays from the quarterback position. He’s also very accurate with the football. You can’t leave guys wide open because he’ll find those guys. We definitely have to do a good job in coverage.”
Logan was down to its third and fourth-string quarterbacks last week as freshman David Early was benched for a second straight week and did not play.
Converted wide receiver Jamal Minter started for a second straight week for the Wildcats as he completed 10 of 23 passes for 114 yards and a 29-yard TD strike to Braxton Goff. Minter also had two interceptions and ran with the ball 20 times for 136 yards, including a 25-yard TD run. He ran in and passed for 2-point conversions.
Minter left the game late in the fourth quarter due to injury and that meant third-string QB Daniel Browning was to come in. However, Browning was also banged up and not able to play. Emergency fourth-string QB Goff was then called on to play under center.
“Jamal Minter got banged up midway into the fourth quarter. Daniel Browning was also banged up so we couldn’t bring him in so we had to use Braxton Goff for a play at quarterback while Jamal was getting his ankle taped,” Mullins said. “But those guys fought hard. It just felt like in the last seven or eight minutes we ran out of gas. We just didn’t have enough players to match up with them at the end of the game.”
Mullins said his team did some things well but just didn’t have the depth to finish out against the Spartans.
“We played very hard and we had some bright points,” he said. “I felt like it was the first time in awhile that we made game-winning plays to give ourselves a chance to win. But we only had 29 players and we just ran out of players.”
Browning led Logan last week on defense with 10 tackles. Shawntez Matthews had nine stops and Goff had seven. Cezar Cruz has six, while Minter and David Cruz had four stops each. Chucky Felder had three tackles. Tyler Browning, Cody Maynard and Tyler Mileto had two tackles each. Brandon Kinser and Musco Adams had one tackle each.
Daniel Browning and David Cruz each recovered a fumble. Goff and Felder had one caused fumble each. Cruz and Browning each had a sack. Felder had an interception. Jude and Goff each had a pass breakup.
On the season, Minter is 23 of 54 passing for 247 yards with one TD and four picks.
Michael Hall leads Logan in rushing with 24 carries for 345 yards and three scores. Minter has 44 rushes for 208 yards and a TD.
Goff has 26 catches for 403 yards and four TDs on the season. Minter has 20 catches for 311 yards and four scores. Hall has 14 grabs for 281 yards and four TDs. Tyler Browning has 11 catches for 116 yards.
On defense, Matthews has 57 tackles to lead the team. He also has an interception, a sack and a pass breakup.
Daniel Browning has 52 tackles, five sacks, a punt block, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a QB pressure.
Minter has 44 tackles, three pass breakups, three caused fumbles, an interception, a sack and a QB pressure.
Maynard has 43 tackles, two pass breakups and a caused fumble.
Goff and David Cruz have 30 tackles each. Felder has 28 tackles. Felder also has six pass breakups and an interception. Goff has three sacks and Cruz two.
Logan leads Sissonville 6-1 in the all-time series.
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 6 Sissonville (6-1, 6-1) at Logan (3-4, 1-1)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Stadium, Logan, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 33-21 at Greenbrier East, Sissonville won 48-28 over Nitro
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Sissonville beat Logan 56-0
ALL-TIME SERIES: Logan leads 6-1
All-Time Football Series
(Logan leads 6-1):
2015: Sissonville 56, Logan 0
2008: Logan 24, Sissonville 21
2007: Logan 26, Sissonville 20
2006: Logan 14, Sissonville 10
2005: Logan 33, Sissonville 14
2001: Logan 18, Sissonville 12
2000: Logan 67, Sissonville 23
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).