It all comes down to this.
It’s very simple.
Win and they are in.
Lose and they are out.
If the Logan High School football team wins on Friday night at Scott in the regular season finale the Wildcats will be punching their ticket to the Class AAA playoffs.
If the Wildcats lose the season will most likely be over.
Logan (6-3), which lost 41-14 on the road at Hurricane last Friday night, is tied for 19th in the state with Parkersburg South in this week’s rankings.
In order to make it to the Class AAA playoffs, Logan must beat the Skyhawks to have a shot at breaking into the top 16.
Class AA No. 6 Scott (7-2) enters Friday night’s game off last week’s 23-0 defeat at home to Robert C. Byrd.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
Logan coach Gary Mullins and the Wildcats are hoping to make it to the playoffs for the fifth time in the last nine years. He has led the Wildcats to playoff appearances in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
The Wildcats haven’t had much success over the years against Scott on the gridiron.
In fact, Logan is just 2-7 against the Skyhawks dating back to 2000.
Last season was a case in point with the Wildcats’ struggles against Scott.
Heading into the home game with the Skyhawks in the regular season finale, Logan was 8-1 and was the favorite against Scott. The Skyhawks, however, torched the Wildcats 38-7.
The loss didn’t knock Logan out of the Class AAA playoffs and didn’t prevent the Cats from finishing in the top eight and hosting a first-round playoff game.
It still stung, however, and the Cats hope things are different this time.
Scott is also stinging as the Skyhawks are coming off a shutout loss at home to the RCB Eagles.
Cam Loftus ran 12 times for 57 yards to lead the Skyhawks. Scott was limited to six first downs and 112 net yards.
Iziah Hill caught three TD passes from Aaron Taylor to lead Robert C. Byrd. Taylor connected on 8-of-12 passes for 164 yards, with Hill catching four of those for 98 yards, including TD grabs of 6, 74 and 6 yards. Ben D’Annunzio added 154 yards rushing on 23 carries for the Eagles, which closed out the regular season with a 9-1 mark.
Scott, a Cardinal Conference team, opened the season with six straight wins — victories over Tolsia (28-6), Lincoln County (53-20), Chapmanville (40-21), Sissonville (27-18), Poca (35-6) and Westside (37-12).
Then in Week 7, Scott hosted the No. 1-ranked Wayne Pioneers and were no match for the defending Class AA state champions as the Skyhawks were soundly beaten 47-6.
Scott then bounced back with a 40-7 win at Herbert Hoover on Oct. 12 before observing an open date on Oct. 19 and losing to RCB last Friday night.
Logan’s only two wins over Scott in the last 10 years were a 2010 victory by a 41-6 score and the 2005 game which ended up with the Cats coming out on top 15-12 in a memorable LHS homecoming game win.
The 2010 game was played in the rain on a muddy Madison field.
Field conditions shouldn’t be a problem this time as Scott placed down a new Field Turf surface last season. Logan played on it in August of 2011 during a preseason game at Scott. This is Logan’s first regular season game at Scott on the new artificial surface.
The Man Middle School football team just played on Scott’s carpet last Saturday afternoon and defeated Madison Middle School 28-20 in the Black Diamond Conference championship game.
Logan played on Field Turf last week at Hurricane.
With all of the rain and snow this week due to the remnants and outer bands of Superstorm Sandy Friday night’s game would have most certainly been played on poor, muddy and wet conditions had it been on grass. Up to six inches of snow fell on the Logan area late on Monday night and into Tuesday.
Conditions are expected to improve by Friday with high temperatures expected to reach 45 in the Madison area. The lows, however, will drop to an ice cold 28 degrees.
The snow, of course, will have to be swept off of Scott’s Field Turf is it does not melt this week.
In last week’s game at Hurricane, the Redskins returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and led Logan 20-7 after one quarter and 27-7 at the half.
The Redskins then got a break to open up the third quarter as Zach Pate intercepted Logan quarterback Chris Marcum and ran all the way to the Wildcat 3-yard line.
Four plays later, on a fourth-and-goal play, it was Zach Cooper who plunged in from 1-yard out with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The extra point kick was good and Hurricane led 34-7.
Logan came back in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run by Brynden “Worm” Street with 11:52 to go in the game. Brian Craft’s PAT was good as the Wildcats cut it to 34-14. The score was set up by a 45-yard kickoff return by Khaleel Reynolds.
Logan then went for an on-side kick but Hurricane recovered the ball and was in the end zone again as Steven Handley raced 67 yards for a touchdown with 4:30 left in the game. The extra point kick was good and the Redskins led 41-14 to finish out the scoring.
Series since 2000:
2011: Scott 38, Logan 7
2010: Logan 41, Scott 6
2009: Scott 13, Logan 6
2008: Scott 25, Logan 14
2007: Scott 40, Logan 21
2006: Scott 57, Logan 25
2005: Logan 15, Scott 12
2004: Scott 20, Logan 12
2003: Scott 41, Logan 14