MADISON, W.Va. — The 2016 high school football season ended the way Coach Gary Mullins and the Logan Wildcats wanted to on Friday night with a 38-26 Logan win at Scott.
Logan closed out the season with two straight wins and a 5-5 record.
The Wildcats had started out with a 3-0 mark but lost five straight.
The last two wins seemed to lessen the pain somewhat and gives Logan hopes heading into 2017.
Logan will look to improve next year and will have a somewhat more manageable schedule as the Wildcats will drop Class AA powerhouse Point Pleasant, Class AAA teams Greenbrier East and John Marshall as well as Oak Hill and Lincoln County.
It won’t be easy, however, as Logan will add Cardinal Conference teams Wayne, Nitro, Winfield, Herbert Hoover and Mingo Central to have a full nine-game league slate. No. 2-ranked Mingo Central finished a 10-0 season and won the Cardinal Conference title.
The Wildcats led Scott 20-14 at halftime, pulled away and then held on for the victory. Logan finished 2-2 in league play. Scott closed out the season at 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
Logan was able to take advantage of several Scott turnovers in Friday night’s game.
Up by a touchdown at halftime, the Wildcats jumped on a Scott fumble and four plays later were in the end zone with freshman quarterback David Early’s 1-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed but Logan led 26-14.
The touchdown was set up on the previous play with Michael Hall’s 27-yard run to the 1.
Scott got ball back but turned it over on downs at the Logan 41-yard line as the Skyhawks could not convert a fourth-down play.
Later, Logan reached pay dirt with Early’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Trice Boatwright to make it 32-14 with 6:36 to go in the third. The 2-point conversion failed.
The Skyhawks, however, did not go quietly.
With 1:00 to go in the third, Garrett Roberts scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, trimming Logan’s lead to 32-20.
Scott then fumbled the ball away again with seven mintutes left in the game and Logan capitalized with Shawntez Matthews’ 3-yard TD run with 3:44 left to make it a 38-20 game. The 2-point conversion failed.
The Skyhawks reached the end zone one more time with a 29-yard halfback pass for a touchdown by Roberts to close out the scoring at 38-26. The 2-point conversion pass play fell incomplete.
Logan went ahead 6-0 on its second drive of the game with Early’s 3-yard TD run with 4:08 to go in the opening period. The 2-point conversion run was stopped short of the goal line.
The touchdown was set up with Early’s 26-yard pass play to Hall, giving Logan a first-and-goal at the 9.
Roberts then fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, giving Logan the ball at the Scott 25.
Four plays later, Hall reached pay dirt with a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:38 to go. Hall tacked on the 2-point conversion run and Logan led 14-0.
Roberts then redeemed himself on the following kickoff, taking a long boot from Logan kicker Dino Noe and racing 91 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Scott scored on the 2-point conversion and it was 14-8 with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Logan lost the ball on a fumble on the following drive but Scott was forced to punt.
The Skyhawks later pinned Logan deep to the 7-yard line with a 53-yard punt.
After a 6-yard loss, Logan was backed up to the 1.
But then after an incomplete pass, Early gave Logan some room as he passed from his end zone and found Jamal Minter on a 17-yard pass to the 18.
Then on the very next play, Early made toast of the Skyhawks’ secondary with an 82-yard bomb to Braxton Goff for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed but the Cats led 20-8 with 6:33 left until halftime.
Logan later punted and Scott took over with only seconds left until the break.
Roberts, however, gave Scott a chance as he fired an 83-yard pass to the Logan 7.
Then on the next snap, Roberts found Ramsey for a 7-yard touchdown pass with just 6.3 ticks to go. The 2-point conversion pass play was tipped by Logan and fell to the turf, leaving the score at 20-14 at the intermission.
Logan then held on to get the win to close out with a .500 record.
The Wildcats were 4-6 last year and 2-8 in 2014.
2016 Logan High School
Football Schedule (5-5):
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, L 6-13
Oct. 14: at Greenbrier East, L 22-34
Oct. 24: *Sissonville, L 20-36
Oct. 28: at Oak Hill, W 50-20
Nov. 4: *at Scott, W 38-26
*Cardinal Conference game
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 8-0 10-0 487 118
Logan 2-2 5-5 305 236
Chapmanville 4-5 5-5 281 223
Wayne 3-5 4-6 276 300
Scott 3-6 3-7 255 270
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 8-1 9-1 359 202
Winfield 6-2 7-3 343 265
Herbert Hoover 5-3 7-3 280 189
Nitro 1-7 1-9 153 444
Poca 0-9 0-10 92 463
Friday, November 4 results
Logan 38, Scott 26
Mingo Central 48, Winfield 9
Wayne 56, Nitro 32
Herbert Hoover 28, Lincoln County 6
Sissonville 57, Braxton County 12
Chapmanville — OPEN DATE
Poca — OPEN DATE
END OF THE REGULAR SEASON
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).