In high school football action, the Logan Wildcats ended a two-year losing streak to the Man Hillbillies, as they knocked off their county rivals 21-14 Friday night in their season opener at George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Logan was able to strike on the first play of the game, as quarterback Justin Hayes hooked up with Carson Kirk for a 57-yard touchdown to give Logan a 7-0 lead just 20 seconds into the game.
The Wildcats continued to apply pressure on their next possession, as on a 4th and 10, Hayes was able to find Aiden Slack for a 35-yard touchdown pass to open up a 14-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Logan was able to stymie Man's best scoring opportunity when Chance Maynard intercepted Israel Canterbury's pass inside the 20-yard line to preserve the Wildcats two-touchdown lead going into halftime.
On the first play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter, Logan increased their lead to 21-0 when the snap sailed over Canterbury's head and recovered by the Wildcats' Bryce Davis who returned the ball 16 yards for a touchdown just 18 seconds into the 2nd half.
The Hillbillies began to rally late in the 4th quarter when Canterbury rushed in from 6 yards out to slice Logan's lead to 21-7 with 2:07 remaining.
Following an onside kick recovery from kicker Jaxon Tipton, Man was able to trim the lead even more when Canterbury connected with Jeremiah Harless for a 20-yard touchdown catch with 56 seconds on the clock to cut the Wildcats lead to 21-14.
Logan was able to finally seal the game moments later when they recovered Tipton's second onside kick to end the Hillbillies comeback hopes and move Logan to 1-0 on the year.
The Wildcats will get back into action on Friday night when they host the Sissonville Indians at 7 p.m., while the Hillbillies will travel to Mount View to take on the Golden nights, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
In high school football around the Coalfields:
Sissonville beat Chapmanville Regional 24 - 20
Hoover beat Scott 24 - 9
Hurricane walloped Winfield 48 - 10
Lincoln beat Braxton County 49 - 6
Montcalm shut out Hundred 74 - 0
Sherman beat James Monroe 19 – 8
Wyoming East over Westside 28 – 6
Wayne took out Tolsia 38 - 14
Mount View blanked River View 40 - 0
Meadow Bridge beat Van 26 - 14
Princeton blanked Lincoln County 35 – 0
Shady Spring blanked Tug Valley 42 – 0