By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
November 13, 2013
After a one-year hiatus the Logan High School football team is back in the Class AAA playoffs.
With last week’s 42-13 win at home over Scott the Wildcats secured their first post-season berth since 2011 after missing last year with a 7-3 mark and No. 17 state ranking.
This time, Logan made it to the 16-team field as No. 13 seed Logan (7-3) will travel to No. 4 Point Pleasant (10-0) on Friday night to take on the undefeated Big Blacks.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Logan played Point this season at home, falling 37-21.
Here’s a recap of Logan’s 2013 playoff season:
The Logan football team secured its first trip to the Class AAA playoffs in two years and its fifth appearance in the post-season in the 10 years under head coach Gary Mullins with a concinving 42-13 Senior Night win at home over Scott on Nov. 8 at the Logan Football Stadium.
Mullins had announced earlier in the week he would not be returning next season as the Wildcats’ football coach. Mullins told his team his intentions at the beginning of the season back in August but did not make it public until the week of the Scott game.
Logan, which have enjoyed four straight winning seasons, made it back-to-back 7-3 grid campaigns.
The Wildcats entered the game ranked No. 15 in the state.
Ty Yeager, Logan’s starting center, was lost in the first half when he went down with a possible broken leg. He was wheeled out on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance where he was transported to the hospital.
“I thought that we played extremely well,” Coach Mullins said. “We understood that Scott was a little bit short-handed. But I thought that we did a great job and our seniors did a tremendous job. We just whipped them and felt like we whipped them up front all night. Our prayers to Ty Yeager. We lost him in the second quarter. We’re just so proud of this senior group. They did a great job.”
Seniors Worm Street and Tyler Vernatter both had huge nights for Logan on the ground. Street, already over 1,100 yards on the season heading into the game, ran with the ball 27 times for 213 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 5 and 24. Vernatter also broke over 100 with 17 carries for 115 yards and two TDs on runs of 2 and 9.
Street had 164 yards rushing at the half as Logan led 23-0 while Vernatter had 72.
Logan’s defense held Scott’s running game to just three net yards in the first half.
For the game, Logan rolled up a whopping 509 yards rushing on 57 carries. QB Ryan Miller passed for 84 more yards and a touchdown as the Cats had 593 yards of total offense.
Senior wide receiver Josh Rein finished with four catches for 84 yards, including a 26-yard TD strike from Miller.
Chris Browning led Logan on defense with nine tackles. Jacob “The Hammer” Browning had eight tackles.
Tyler Workman had two interceptions for Logan.
The game was the last home game for Coach Mullins, who is concluding his 10 years as head coach of the Wildcats.
Mullins has a 50-54 mark in his decade-long service to Logan and has put Wildcat football back on the map, leading the program to five out of school’s six all-time playoff appearances.
Mullins had many people to thank after the game.
“Ten years is a long time,” Mullins said. “It has been an unbelievable place to coach. I love all of my players. I appreciate everyone in Logan County for giving me this opportunity to coach. It’s been a great 10 years.”
After a disappointing loss at Mingo Central, the Logan High School football team returned home on Nov. 1 in need of a win to stay in the Class AAA playoff hunt.
The Wildcats did just that with a convincing 40-14 victory over Class AAA Nitro.
Logan, ranked No. 17 in the state in this week’s 3A rankings, improved to 6-3 on the season.
Logan was again led by senior running back Bryden “Worm” Street, who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau on the season as he scored four touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense — one of which went for a 41-yard score. Street also scored touchdowns on runs of 9, 4 and 17.
Street’s Walter Payton-like dive over the top and across the goal line just before the half seemed to be the backbreaker for Nitro. The touchdown, with 58.5 seconds left until halftime, put Logan on top 20-0.
Street finished with 20 rushes for 196 yards and the three rushing TDs.
Ryan Miller finished the game 6-for-12 passing for 89 yards and one TD. Josh Rein caught five passes for 53 yards. Jeremiah Spears had a 20-yard TD grab for the Cats.
Mingo Central 26,
NEWTOWN — In the battle of the 13s, Logan fell 26-20 at Mingo Central on Oct. 25 at a freezing cold Buck Harless Stadium in Newtown.
Logan entered the game 13th in the state in 3A, while the homestanding Miners were ranked 13th in the state in Double-A.
Wildcats’ coach Gary Mullins said he was disappointed with his team’s play.
“That was a butt whooping,” Mullins said. “We didn’t have our guys ready to play at all. It was obvious that we weren’t ready to play. We’re embarrassed. That’s what it looked like 10 years ago and I’m sorry for anybody that paid money to get in here and watch us play because this wasn’t a very good product that we put out there. It’s my fault.”
The Miners outgained Logan 304-270 in yards of total offense.
Mingo Central, using a shotgun, misdirection offense, rolled up 245 yards rushing on 48 carries, led by sophomore running back Deonta Joplin’s 22 rushes for 119 yards.
Logan was held to 25 rushes for only 87 net yards. Logan quarterback Ryan Miller came off the bench to pass for 183 yards on 9-for-12 passing with two interceptions and one touchdown.
Josh Rein finished the game with four catches for 72 yards and a score. He started the game at QB.
Jacob Browning led Logan’s defense with 11 tackles.
Greenbrier East 29
Logan defeated Greenbrier East 48-29 on Oct. 18 in the annual LHS homecoming game at the Logan Football Stadium.
The Cats improved to 5-2 overall and stayed in the Class AAA playoff picture.
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 an offensive masterpiece 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.
Tyler Workman led Logan on defense with 12 tackles.
MORGANTOWN — Logan lost 49-20 at Class AAA No. 9-ranked University on Oct. 11 in Morgantown.
Worm Street scored on a 6-yard TD run in the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. He also had a 14-yard TD run. Tyler Vernatter had a 2-yard TD run.
Logan’s defense allowed 302 rushing yards to University.
CHAPMANVILLE — The Logan Wildcats beat rival Chapmanville Regional, 27-14 on Sept. 27 at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium to claim the county championship.
Logan jumped on top of the Tigers 27-0 at halftime and were seemingly in control.
Class AA No. 10-ranked Chapmanville then crept closer in the second half, scoring a pair of touchdowns and making a game of it.
The Wildcats were held scoreless in the final two quarters but held off the Tigers to notch a victory in the Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game.
Logan played most of the second half without senior star running back Brynden “Worm” Street, who apparently pulled a hamstring on an 86-yard run in the second half. Scrimmaging from the 1-yard line, Street most likely would have had a 99-yard touchdown but pulled up lame around the Chapmanville 25 and was tackled at the 13.
Street didn’t play any on the offensive ball in the second half and it seemed to take some rhythm out of the Wildcat offense. He did return late in the game on defense and was able to swat away a couple of Chapmanville passes to help thwart the Tiger comeback. He finished the game with 130 yards on just seven carries.
Matt Cox and Clayton Marcum filled in for Street at tailback and were able to help chew away much of the second half clock.
Cox scored two first-half touchdowns — one on a 16-yard run and the other on a 6-yard gadget play pass from wide receiver Josh Rein. Cox had a 64-yard touchdown called back in the first half due to a Logan penalty.
Logan freshman QB Noah Corbett was 7-for-12 passing for 84 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. Cox had 12 carries for 77 yards and a score. Vernatter had 58 yards on 12 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jacob Browning led Logan with seven tackles.
Point Pleasant 37,
The special teams are often an overlooked part in the sport of football.
It’s usually not until something goes wrong that a lot of people take notice.
That was the case on Sept. 20 for the Logan High School football team and the Class AAA No. 11-ranked Wildcats in their showdown of the unbeatens against No. 9-ranked Point Pleasant at the Logan Football Stadium.
Two bad snaps on punt plays led directly to two Point Pleasant touchdowns as the Big Blacks improved to 3-0 on the season and beat the Wildcats, 37-21, handing Logan its first loss of the season and dropping LHS to 3-1.
Logan, which had beaten Point Pleasant twice in two previous meetings in the 2000s, trailed the Big Blacks 22-7 at halftime and 35-7 midway into the third but made a huge comeback.
A 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Josh Rein pulled the Wildcats to within 35-14.
Late in the third, Rein reeled in a circus-like touchdown grab of 23 yards from quarterback Noah Corbett to make it a 35-21 ballgame.
Logan, however, then gave up a safety and saw a fourth-quarter drive stall deep inside Point Pleasant’s red zone. The Big Blacks then milked the rest of the clock and walked away a winner over the Wildcats.
Point Pleasant outgained Logan 319-229 in total offense. The Big Blacks’ rushing attack ended up with 243 yards on the ground. Logan had 24 rushes for 138 yards and another 91 in the air. Point had 76 yards passing.
Logan alternated at quarterback between junior Ryan Miller, who missed last week’s game with an injured knee, and Corbett. Miller was 1-for-7 passing for three yards and was sacked a few times. Corbett was 6-for-12 passing for 82 yards and the TD.
Brett Musick led the Logan defense with nine tackles.
Lincoln County 13
The Logan football team crushed hapless Lincoln County 51-13 on Sept. 13 in the home opener.
It wasn’t even that close. Logan led 51-0 over the Panthers after three quarters of play.
Logan played the game without starting quarterback Ryan Miller, who hurt his knee the win at Shady Spring. LHS frosh Noah Corbett started in his place and ended up throwing a pair of touchdown strikes.
All Corbett had to do in the first quarter was take the snap, turn and hand the ball off to Worm Street. The senior dazzled the Logan Football Stadium crowd as he scored three touchdowns on his first three touches as the Wildcats built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Street finished with 11 carries for 143 yards.
Junior defensive end A.J. Grimmett stuffed the Panther ballcarriers on a number of occasions. He led Logan on defense with 10 tackles and also had two quarterback sacks.
Corbett finished 11-for-18 passing for 143 yards, two TDs and one pick.
Josh Rein reeled in four passes for 89 yards.
Shady Spring 0
SHADY SPRING – It was a night of overcoming adversity for the Logan High School football team.
The Wildcats overcame and passed the test on Sept. 6 as Logan traveled to Shady Spring and blanked the Tigers 39-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Logan played the game without senior starting tailback and safety Brynden “Worm” Street, who has an injured hand. The Wildcats then lost starting junior quarterback Ryan Miller in the second quarter due to a knee injury. In the second half, starting running back and linebacker Tyler Vernatter left the game with a high ankle sprain.
The Logan football team was playing with heavy hearts as it lost two of its former players during week in the span of three days.
Former Logan football player and all-state baseball standout Markie Dowden passed away during the week at the age of 31. Then later in the week, another ex-Wildcat gridder, Cornelius Godfrey, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in Columbus Ohio. Godfrey, also a state wrestling champion at Logan, was just 25.
Tyler Workman wore Godfrey’s No. 29 against Shady Spring. Dowden wore No. 28 at Logan but that number is occupied by LHS sophomore player Skyler Miller, who has been battling leukemia.
Ryan Miller was 2-for-2 passing for 29 yards and one score before leaving the game. Corbett was 7-for-11 in the air for 66 yards and a score. Combined the two were 9-of-13 for 95 yards and two TDs.
Logan rushed 37 times for 329 yards and finished with 424 yards of total offense.
Matt Cox, playing in place of the injured Street, had 105 yards rushing and a TD.
Vernatter had eight carries for 71 yards and the two scores for the game.
On defense, Stephen Dilley paced the Wildcats with 10 tackles.
MAN — Logan doubled up on its county rival Man in the Aug. 30 season opener, downing the Hillbillies 40-20 at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Senior Logan running back Brynden “Worm” Street rushed 12 times for 141 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown jaunt and two two-point conversions.
It didn’t take long for Logan to take the lead for good as QB Ryan Miller hooked up with the speedy Josh Rein for a 59-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage just 15 seconds into the game.
It was all Logan from there.
Rein had five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Logan had 22 rushes for 231 yards. With Miller’s 219 yards passing, the Cats had 450 yards of total offense for the game.
On defense, Marcum and Stephen Dilly had nine tackles each to lead Logan.
“We are pleased we’re 1-0 and that’s all that matters,” Logan 10th-year coach Gary Mullins said. “Ryan Miller did a great job for the first time and in front of the big crowd. We’re going to have to get better in the secondary, but our offensive line did a great job. It was a good game. We came out strong early. We had a good first half.”