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Skyhawks end season with loss to Logan

Ron Gregory ronjgregory@gmail.com

November 12, 2013

LOGAN — The dismal end to a dismal season came on a cool November evening Friday for the Scott Skyhawks. A season that began with great promise ended on a 3-7 note as the Madison squad limped home after suffering a 42-13 loss to Class AAA playoff-bound Logan. The Wildcats ended the regular season with a 7-3 record and will enter the playoffs as the 13th ranked team.


As such, the Wildcats will meet Point Pleasant, ranked fourth, at Point Pleasant on Friday evening. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.


Meanwhile, Logan celebrated its lopsided win over rival Scott in a sendoff for veteran Coach Gary Mullins. Mullins told The Logan Banner earlier in the week that this will be his final season at Logan.


There was also speculation over the weekend that Scott Head Coach Shane Griffith may have called his final game for the Skyhawks. Griffith, the highly-successful mentor, was said to have told friends he would submit his resignation when school resumed Tuesday after the Veterans Day holiday.


The opening kick of the game went to Logan and Josh Rein returned it 50 yards. It took the Wildcats little time to convert from there and the momentum was all with Logan. With 8:30 flashing on the clock, Brynden Street went in from four yards out and it was 6-0. The point-after kick by Daniel Hanks was good.


After Scott fumbled the punt away, Logan got another score with 4:45 remaining. This time, Street ran in from 24 yards out to make it 13-0. The two-point conversion try by Street was no good.


Logan appeared on the verge of another score just before the first quarter ended but Street fumbled the ball to Scott at the one-yard-line as he attempted to jump into the end zone for a score. That ended the first period with Logan on top, 13-0.


Scott could still not get going on offense and a punt was forced. It took Logan to the 8:40 mark of the half to score again, this time on a two-yard run by Tyler Vernatter. The kick by Hanks made it 20-0 and the rout was on.


With just 20.2 seconds twinkling in the half, Logan scored again on a 26-yard Hanks field goal to make it 13-0.


Logan kept the pressure on in the second half. With 6:08 remaining in the third periiod, Vernatter scampered in from six yards out to make it 29-0. The kick by Hanks brought it to 30-0.


Logan then intercepted a Scott pass, allowing another touchdown. This time, quarterback Ryan Miller connected with Rein on a 24-yard pass play and it was 36-0. The kick by Hanks was blocked with 1:58 remaining in the third.


Cameron Loftus scored the first Scott touchdown with 3:36 remaining in the game and mostly Logan back-ups on the field. Loftus went in from 15 yards and Dezmond Cordero-Lopez added the extra point kick to make it 36-7.


It then took Logan 24 seconds to score on a Hanks touchdown run. Hanks’ kick was no good and it was 42-7.


Loftus then gave the Hawks their final touchdown of the year as he ran in from 64 yards out. Cody Brown’s two-point conversion try was no good, ending the game at 42-13.


Logan had 478 yards of total offense to 197 for Scott. Of those totals, 63 came in the air for Logan with 415 rushing. Scott picked up 15 passing and the remainder came on the ground.


Scott was penalized five times for 40 yards while Logan was whistled one time for 15 in a relatively error-free contest. Scott turned the ball over four times while Logan only gave it up once.


Logan won the battle of first downs, 21-10.


Bo Jeffrey was four-of-12 passing for the 15 yards. Loftus led the rushing game, with 124 yards on 16 carries. Jeffrey picked up 26 yards and Garrett Roberts, 25 for the Hawks.


With the football season ended, the local high schools now look forward to the upcoming basketball season which is just around the corner.