"We played a kid last year [J.J. Jude of Johnson Central] who was the [all-time] rushing champion in the state of Kentucky and we held him to 80 yards. Our kids prepared all week long like [Switzer] was playing. We heard Wednesday he would not play, but we never said anything to our kids. They knew [Friday] because of Facebook or Twitter, you know, all that crap, that he was not going to play.
"Hey, we lost our starting tailback [senior Cody Watts] in a preseason scrimmage. I'm not saying he's Switzer, but he's our best running back. Injuries are part of the game. Our kids showed a lot of heart and character coming out and not laying down, and playing great defense in the second half.''
Shootout on the horizon?
Points could be racked up in bunches Friday when Hurricane visits Woodrow Wilson in an early-season MSAC showdown.
Each team is off to a 2-0 start and flashes a productive offense.
The Redskins have averaged 47.5 points in wins against Winfield and Nitro, while the Flying Eagles are averaging 37 points in victories over Princeton and Greenbrier East.
Hurricane won last year's matchup 21-14 in Putnam County.
Marcum up for a good day
Logan quarterback Chris Marcum sure shined during a 33-7 home win against Shady Spring, a Class AA semifinalist last year.
Marcum hit on 13 of 25 passes for 311 yards and one TD, ran for two more scores, intercepted a pass on defense and made five tackles. His pick came off Adam Weeks, Shady's all-state quarterback.
"Our offense took great strides tonight,'' said Logan coach Gary Mullins, "and our defense played great again.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.