But in the end, the Wildcats are facing the possibility of a one-win season — their worst in six years.
Logan (1-8) is scheduled to close out the season on Friday night at home against Class AA No. 1-ranked Wayne (9-0) at Logan Stadium.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
It’s been a long season for the Wildcats, which faced a beefed-up schedule this fall with five fellow Triple-A opponents compared to the two they faced last season.
Logan had some chances to pull off some more wins but things just did not work out that way.
The Cats had the misfortune of opening the season against a much-improved Man team and got thumped, 34-7, by the homestanding Billies.
But then came Week 2 and a possible turn-around for the Wildcats as Logan beat 3A Lincoln County, 20-6, at home to even its record at 1-1 on the grid campaign.
Then after a bye week, Logan was pretty much outclassed at Kentucky power Perry Central in a 50-18 loss to the Commodores.
With a 1-2 record, the Wildcats still had prospects of turning the season around. However, three straight close losses pretty much set the direction for the rest of the season. First it was a 21-14 heartbreaking loss on Sept. 25 at Chapmanville. Then came a close 13-6 defeat at home to Scott on Oct. 2. The third loss was a 35-20 setback at 3A Winfield in which the Cats faltered late.
The wheels have since come off the wagon for Logan as the Cats lost 22-0 to Herbert Hoover, fell 56-18 at 3A unbeaten Bridgeport and then were torched 62-29 last week at home by 3A Hurricane.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said it’s been a disappointing season.
“We feel that there are four or five games that were left on the table that we could have won,” said Mullins, who led Logan to the Class AA playoffs twice, in 2005 and 2007. “We’re trying to build and we’re trying to get better. We’re staying positive. We’ve got 30 guys who will be coming back next year off this team. They have played hard but the competition here at the end of the year has just been better than us, so we’re hoping that this will help us this Friday night to get us a win in our last game.”
Last week against Hurricane, Dustin Botsch led Logan as he ran for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for another score.
The Pioneers, which have beaten Logan in each meeting over the last seven seasons, hammered Chapmanville, 42-17, last week at home.
Wayne is led by running back Corey Damron, who rushed 20 times for 160 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run. Jake Barr had eight carries for 91 yards and two scores.
The Pioneers outgained the Tigers 444-309 in total yards and had 52 rushes for 416 yards.
“They are the same Wayne team that they always are,” Mullins said about the Pioneers. “They run the wing-T which they call the Wayne-T. They don’t vary it very much. You just have to stop what they are doing. A good part of it is that you know what is coming.”
Friday night will also be Senior Night for the Wildcats.
It will be the final prep football game for Logan’s six senior players — Austin Farmer, Mike Cotterall, Elmo Bell, Drew Vess, Ryan Queen and Corey Adams.
“A lot needs to be said about these six guys,” Mullins said. “It’s easy to quit when you are a senior and the season is not going the way that you thought it would. But these six guys have played hard every week. They’ve never whined and complained about losing. They’ve just tried to get better and have tried to get another W. I’m so proud to say that I’ve coached these six guys along with the other guys on the team.”