Paul Adkins Sports Editor
October 20, 2013
If you had to sum up Friday night’s Logan-Greenrbier East football game using three colloquialisms it would be the following …
The Wildcats were “fine with Rein” at quarterback.
The Wildcats “played Street ball.”
The Wildcats simply “feasted on East.”
It all added up to a 48-29 homecoming win for Logan at the Logan Football Stadium as the Cats improved to 5-2 overall and stayed in the Class AAA playoff picture.
Logan, hoping to run the table the rest of the season with wins over Mingo Central, Nitro and Scott, dropped Class AAA Greenbrier East to 4-4 and all but knocked the Spartans out of the 3A post-season race.
Logan’s Josh Rein and Brynden “Worm” Street were simply brilliant.
Street, a senior, rushed for 252 yards and scored three touchdowns — one on an 80-yard bomb from Rein and the others coming on runs of 1 and 8 yards.
Rein, a senior wide receiver, made his first start at quarterback and was just as good, completing 3-of-5 passes for 111 yards and a TD and also rushing nine times for 114 yards and scoring four touchdowns on runs of 25, 13, 6 and 49.
It was a masterpiece game for Logan, which rolled up 547 total yards on the night including 46 rushes for 436 yards on the ground.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said Rein and Street were outstanding but their performances would not have been possible had it not been for the Wildcats’ blocking and line play.
“I thought that our blocking was tremendous,” Mullins said. “Every player was blocking at their best.”
The Wildcats led the Spartans only 21-14 at halftime then poured it on.
Greenbrier East fumbled the ball away on its opening possession of the second half and Logan capitalized five plays later as Rein dropped back and found Street for an 80-yard TD pass. The pass was intented for Brett Musick but Street seemed to come out of nowhere, snatching the deep pass down the sideline in East coverage and then racing into the end zone. After the PAT by Daniel Hanks Logan led 28-14 with 7:22 left in the third quarter.
Logan then seemed to put the game away with two Street TD runs to close out the third as Logan led 41-14.
“We talked at halftime and I told them that they (Greenbrier East) had not been to the playoffs since 1998,” Mullins said. “I told them, ‘How hard do you think they are going to fight to try and get this win?’ We had to come out and hit them in the mouth and make them not want to be out there. It felt like the old Logan defense was back and was hitting. There was some major shots put out there tonight.”
On each of Rein’s four rushing touchdowns Logan got great downfield blocks from its wideouts.
“That’s been an all-year thing,” Mullins said. “Our wideouts work really hard.”
With Rein’s start at QB that meant Noah Corbett and Ryan Miller had to take a back seat. Corbett, a freshman, who has played some at quarterback, came in late in the game and also played well on defense coming up with a vicious hit on a Spartan receiver. Miller, a junior, who began the season as Logan’s starting QB, played some at wide receiver and running back.
Mullins had praise for both Corbett and Miller.
“There’s some kids that are a bit different,” Mullins said. “Both of them could have easily went the other way. In the past, this Logan team has seen players like that quit. They played quarterback all year but we made a change. Instead, Noah had one of the biggest hits of the night just before halftime and Ryan throws the key block that pretty much sealed the game on the touchdown. He went to wide receiver and is doing everything that he can to help this team. Our team has a lot of guys like that.”
The victory over the Spartans is a significant one. Greenbrier East is a Class AAA team and a quality opponent.
Logan bounced back from last week’s 49-20 loss at 3A state power University and is looking to finish 8-2 and reach the post-season after missing out last year by one spot at No. 17 with a 7-3 record.
“This gives us that confidence but we have to use this confidence to spring forward,” Mullins said. “We don’t want to look back. We want to get to next Friday night and we want to keep getting better and better and better. If we do that we’ve got an opportunity to string some of them together.”
After going up 41-14, East reached the end zone with 8:50 left in the fourth as quarterback Isaiah Kinder found Colby Johnson on a 22-yard TD pass. The kick by Sean Myles was good as the Spartans cut it to 41-21.
Logan tacked on one more score three plays later with Rein’s 49-yard TD run. After the Hanks PAT the Cats were on top 48-21 with 7:17 left.
Greenbrier East scored one more touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute of the game against Logan reserves to set the final score.
Mullins had praise for his defense which hit hard and often and closed down the angles on Spartan rushers.
“We had a great game closing off the angle,” Mullins said. “Tonight, our corners got after them and Tyler Workman had a tremendous game. We hit hard all the way around I thought. We had a lot of defensive players tonight who were trying to prove a point that every time they went to tackle. If we can keep doing that we’re going to be a hard team to beat.”
Logan took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in five plays, capped off with Rein’s 25-yard TD run at the 9:34 mark. Hanks split the uprights and the Cats led 7-0. The score was set up by Street’s 30-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.
The Spartans later fell on a fumble and Kinder hit Jalen Mitchem on a 16-yard strike to tie the game up 7-7 with 2:31 left in the first period.
Logan then went ahead 14-7 at the 10:01 mark of the second with Rein’s 13-yard keeper to make it a 14-7 ballgame.
Greenbrier East tied it up 14-14 with 6:14 left on Kinder’s 10-yard TD pass to Ty Walker.
The Wildcats then caught a break.
Facing a fourth-and-15 on its own 20, Logan had to punt the ball away on its next drive. The snap then went way high over punter Hanks’ head and into the end zone. Hanks then snatched the ball and just avoided a block as he rugbyed the pigskin out to around the 30-yard line. Greenbrier East’s Ben Allen fielded the ball on a hop but fumbled the ball back to Logan as Jacob Browning fell on the loose ball at the 25.
The Cats took advantage of the Spartan mistake, marching 75 yards in nine plays and culminating with Rein’s 6-yard TD run with 33.8 ticks left until halftime. Hanks booted the extra point and LHS led 21-14.
Greenbrier East tried to score just before the half but a 45-yard field goal by Myles fell five yards short in the end zone. Myles has plenty of leg and had been hitting from 40 yards out during pregame warmups but seemed to be out of range.
Logan had another bad snap on a punt in the second half as a second high snap went over punter Hanks’ head and into the end zone. Hanks chased it down and rugby kicked it to the Logan 22 which ended up being a punt for minus-five yards. East then scored on the next play.
* Musick had one catch on the night for 30 yards. He was also the homecoming king. Marcum had one grab for one yard.
Tyler Vernatter had six carries for 32 yards. Miller had two rushes for 13 yards, while Matt Cox had three totes for 11 yards and Corbett had one rush for nine yards. Gavin Ellis had one carry for five yards late in the game.
Hanks was 5-for-6 in extra point kicks and added a touchback.
Tyler Workman led Logan on defense with 12 tackles. Stephen Dilly had eight stops, while Street had seven and Marcum and Preston Hepler had six each. Vernatter and Browning had four tackles each, while Cox, Hanks, Tyler Vance, Musick, A.J. Grimett, Ty Yeager and Chris Browning had three stops each. Corbett and Jon Workman had two tackles apiece. Kyle Runyon had one tackle.
Jeremiah Spears had an interception for Logan.
Workman, Browning and Grimmett each had a pass breakup. Vernatter caused a fumble and Street had a fumble recovery.
* Logan is scheduled to return to action this coming Friday night at Class AA No. 14 Mingo Central. The Miners (5-2) won 20-14 at Chapmanville on Friday and stayed in the thick of the 2A playoff race. Mingo Central reached the playoffs last season with a 5-5 mark.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
“Everything that I’ve heard about Mingo Central is that they are tougher than nails,” Mullins said. “I haven’t seen them but I do know when they played Wayne it was only 13-0 at halftime, so that tells me all that I need to know about them.”
The Wildcats are 2-0 all-time against the Miners.
Mullins said Mingo Central will be very tough to play and said the 5,000-seat Harless Stadium is a very tough place to win at.
The Miners have rabid fans and weather conditions on top of the 2,000-foot mountain peak are often windy and cold with temperatures sometimes seven degrees colder than down in the valley.
Last October before Halloween when the Logan area received a freak three-inch snowstorm, Harless Stadium and the mountaintop at Newtown had more than a foot of snow dumped on it. Snow plows had to be brought in to haul away the snow from the FieldTurf.
“We have to go up there on the hill next week and it’s going to be cold and windy,” Mullins said. “Winning and losing is important and we want to win of course and I can handle losing but if we play like we did tonight we are going to win most games.”
* Mary Dunford was crowned at halftime as Miss Logan High School and the LHS homecoming queen. Vivian Carter and Hannah Kolovich were the other two senior attendants.
* Logan football players wore pink socks to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Logan cheerleaders wore pink hairbows while members of the LHS Marching Band wore special pink plumes on top of their hats.
2013 Logan High School
Football Schedule (5-2):
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), W 48-29
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.