CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- The magic ran out on Chapmanville on Friday night.
Logan scored on four of its five first-half possessions then held off the Tigers' furious comeback to take a 27-13 decision before about 4,000 at Tigers Stadium.
"We just got physical [in the second half],'' said Chapmanville coach George Barker. "We made the errors and let them score points. With a little better [opponent] we couldn't overcome.
"We started finding what we could do and made adjustments and got physical, we played pretty good football. Fourth-down plays in the first half . . . the one we didn't make and the two they do, that was the difference in the game.''
Chapmanville (3-2), which had trailed in its first three games but won them all, couldn't stop the bigger and faster Wildcats (4-1), No. 18 in the Class AAA state ratings, in the opening half. Logan converted two fourth downs that led to scores and built a 27-0 advantage at the break.
The Tigers, tied for No. 10 in Class AA ratings, could only muster three first downs before halftime, including one on a penalty.
However, they found that second-half pixie dust and scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter to close within 13 points. Chapmanville found its defense in the second half, forcing Logan off the field with a sack, two punts and held on fourth down.
Chapmanville had one last chance and moved to its own 45-yard line, but on third-and-7, Brett Musick intercepted Tigers back-up quarterback Jordan Toler.
In the first half, Chapmanville failed to convert a fourth-and-goal from the Logan 4, turning it over on downs. The Tigers were hamstrung after that drive when starting sophomore quarterback Alex Berry, one of the top passers in the Cardinal Conference, was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the play before the fourth-and-goal.