Justin Jackson The Dominion Post
October 13, 2013
MORGANTOWN — Maybe it’s time to give the running backs at University High a nickname.
Just one problem: How many runners do you include?
The No. 9 Hawks used 10 different rushers Friday. Four of them scored to lead UHS past No. 13-ranked Logan, 49-20.
“Honestly, we have so many different guys who can carry the ball in a game,” said UHS receiver Tony Richardson, who caught two passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. “We probably have about 10, maybe more we could use.”
That group includes the talented Richardson, who did not carry the ball against the Wildcats (4-2), but has in past games.
It also includes quarterback Travis Renner, who led UHS with 99 yards and two touchdowns on just eight attempts.
Renner’s 63-yard TD run with 5:14 remaining in the second quarter gave the Hawks (6-1) a 21-6 lead.
After starting right, Renner cut back and broke through the left side.
“Our quarterback can run just fine,” UHS coach John Kelley said.
So can a lot of other Hawks.
In all, UHS racked up 302 yards on the ground.
“Even in practice, we rotate through a lot of players running the ball,” said UHS tailback Jace Neville, who added 71 yards and a TD on seven carries. “Coach Kelley likes to keep fresh legs in there. It works out well for us, because everyone gets a chance to make a play.”
Kelley said Neville is really beginning to come on strong, but this large group of runners also include some surprises, too.
“No one knows who Jeremy Hunter is or Dylan Cole or R.J. Martin,” Kelley said. “I said at the beginning of the year that Michael Ramsey was a guy people needed to keep an eye on. (Isaiah) Utt is really beginning to come on.”
Ramsey scored on a 64-yard dash in the fourth quarter.
The best thing about this bunch — however many are included — is their versatility.
“Look at Tyler Piktel, he’s a big power guy,” Neville said. “A little guy like me is used for speed. We have some strong backs and some other speed backs. Everybody brings a little something different to the table.”
Renner added 63 yards passing and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Jack Armstrong, who also threw a 51-yard TD pass to Richardson on a reverse pass.
“We just drew that up this week to spice things up some,” Richardson said. UHS had 422 yards of offense in all and held a 42-6 lead before Logan scored two late touchdowns against UHS reserves.
Logan was led by running back Brynden Street, who rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts.
The Wildcats (4-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with Street’s 6-yard TD run.
University then went ahead for good, 7-6, with a 51-yard TD pass from Armstrong to Tony Richardson and Holden Talton’s PAT kick.
University led 42-6 in the fourth before Street’s 14-yard TD run and extra point kick by Daniel Hanks made it 42-13. Tyler Vernatter’s 2-yard TD run and Hanks kick cut it to 42-20. Michael Ramsey then added a 64-yard TD run for the Hawks.
Matthew Cox added three rushes for 62 yards for Logan. Vernatter had six carries for 14 yards, unofficially. Josh Rein had five carries for 27 yards.
Logan QB Noah Corbett was 0-for-4 passing. Ryan Miller was 1-for-3 passing for minus-one yard. Rein was 2-for-3 passing for 11 yards. Brett Musick had one catch for seven yards and Corbett one catch for four yards.
Logan hosts Greenbrier East this Friday night in the annual LHS homecoming game.
— Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins contributed to this report
2013 Logan High School
Football Schedule (4-2):
Aug. 30: at Man, W 40-20
Sept. 6: at Shady Spring, W 39-0
Sept. 13: Lincoln County (Hall of Fame Game), W 51-14
Sept. 20: Point Pleasant, L 21-37
Sept. 27: at Chapmanville, W 27-14
Oct. 4: OPEN DATE
Oct. 11: at University, L 20-49
Oct. 18: Greenbrier East (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: Scott (Senior Night), 7:30 p.m.