The Logan High School football team’s 2012 schedule probably couldn’t have worked in any better way.
The Wildcats’ bye week is this week following No. 13-ranked Logan’s 38-28 victory on the road last Friday night at Winfield.
That means Logan (5-1) has two weeks to get ready for the big homecoming showdown on Oct. 12 at Logan Stadium against Huntington.
The Highlanders (4-1) observed its bye week last week.
Huntington, which lost a 28-27 nail-biter at home to the Wildcats last season, feel they have a score to settle with Logan.
“We’ve got a huge one coming up on October the 12th. It’s a big game and this is the kind of game that you should dream about playing,“ Logan coach Gary Mullins said after last week’s win at Winfield. “We’ve got Huntington coming to our home field and if you can’t get up for that I don’t know what else you would want. They’re a great team and they probably feel like they owe us one from last year. It’s a chance for us to prove that we can play with the big boys.”
Huntington is scheduled to play at Beckley Woodrow Wilson this Friday night in a Mountain State Athletic Conference contest.
The Highlanders, ranked No. 5 in the state last week, are coming into the game after a 14-13 home loss to Cabell Midland on Sept. 21. The undefeated Knights are currently ranked No. 1 in the state with a 6-0 record. Cabell Midland pounded No. 7 Beckley, 70-34, on Friday night.
Huntington opened the season with four straight wins and outscored its opponents 158-25.
Huntington opened with a 63-8 win at Lincoln County, then won 17-0 at Spring Valley on Aug. 31. Week 3 produced a 21-3 victory at home over Winfield. The Highlanders then blanked Parkersburg 44-0 on Sept. 14 on the road.
Logan senior quarterback Chris Marcum had another great game under center for the Cats as he completed 17-of-31 passes for 359 yards with four touchdowns with one interception at Winfield last week. Marcum also led the ground game with 12 carries for 56 yards. Worm Street had seven rushes for 35 yards.
Khaleel Reynolds reeled in five passes for 180 yards and a touchdown against the Generals. Josh Rein had six catches for 81 yards and a score. Street snared five passes for 63 yards. C.J. Williams had one catch for 35 yards.
Street and Clayton Marcum led the Logan defense with seven tackles each. Teddy Nelson had six tackles, Tyler Workman five and Tyler Vernatter and Thomas Hunter had four apiece.
Teddy Nelson, a 6-foot-3, 360-pound tackle, also played some at fullback for Logan and scored on a two-point conversion to put Logan up 20-0.
Street, Workman, Hunter and Trent Dalton had one interception each.
Logan led Winfield 32-6 at the half and then held on to get the win as the Generals outscored the Cats 22-6 in the final two quarters of play.
The Huntington game begins a four-game stretch to close out the season. Logan then hosts Mingo Central on Oct. 19, goes to Hurricane on Oct. 26 and ends the season Nov. 2 at Scott.
Mingo Central (3-2), last week’s No. 7-ranked team, lost 53-14 at No. 2 Wayne. Class AAA Hurricane is 3-2 after winning 23-20 over No. 10 Capital last week. Scott (6-0), the top-ranked Class A squad in the state, bested Westside 37-12 last week in Wyoming County.
Logan is projected to move up to No. 9 in this week’s WVSSAC Computer Ratings, which are scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The Wildcats are hoping to finish in the top eight this year to secure their second straight home playoff game. Logan closed out 8-2 last year and earned its first home playoff field advantage since 1990. The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the post-season beginning Nov. 9 across the state.
If the season ended today, Logan would travel to No. 8 Point Pleasant for the first round of the playoffs. Point is competing in its first season of Class AAA football. The Black Knights were the 2A state runner-ups to Wayne in 2011.
Logan’s lone loss this season was a 46-12 setback at Johnson Central, Ky.
Just how good is Johnson Central?
The Golden Eagles are currently 5-1 and stand at No. 9 in the state of Kentucky after last week’s 44-31 win over Ironton, Ohio.