It’s do or die time for the Logan High School football team.
Friday night’s 41-14 loss at Hurricane has left the Wildcats with one last shot at making the Class AAA playoffs.
Logan, which has an all-time 0-5 playoff record, is seeking its third straight trip to the 3A post-season.
The showdown game is this coming Friday night as Logan hits the road to play at Scott. The Wildcats will need a win over the Skyhawks in order to have enough points to make it to the playoffs.
The defeat to the Redskins dropped No. 14-ranked Logan to 6-3 on the season. No. 11-ranked Hurricane, which avenged last year’s 27-23 loss at Logan, improved to 6-3 on the campaign and were able to bounce back from last week’s 55-27 blowout at the hands of Spring Valley.
Logan’s final opponent, Class AA No. 6 Scott, was a 23-0 loser at home to No. 5 Robert C. Byrd on Friday night. The Skyhawks (7-2) routed the Wildcats 38-7 in the regular season finale at Logan last fall.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said he was disappointed about the loss to the Redskins but knows his team is not yet out of the playoff picture.
“I thought our guys played hard,” Mullins said. “We just didn’t make a lot of plays. We just weren’t in sync it seemed like. It wasn’t our best game tonight and it definitely wasn’t my best game. We probably should have run the ball a bit more but it’s hard to judge sometimes. We’re still fighting to get into the playoffs. If they can win this week this group will be at 21-9 since their 10th-grade year. That would mean that they didn’t lose double digit games. We have got a lot to play for and we’re real excited to get back out there and give Scott our best effort.”
Hurricane 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.