By Paul Adkins
Saturday will be a welcome change for Logan County’s three high school football teams.
For the first time this season the Wildcats, Hillbillies and Tigers will not have to line up against their teammates.
They can line up for the first time against someone else.
The county trio of teams are scheduled to see their first preseason action on Saturday as Man, Chapmanville and Logan are scheduled to play in scrimmage games.
Logan, 7-3 last season and just one spot out of making it to the Class AAA playoffs, is slated to host Class A Tug Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
Man, which went 2-8 last season, is scheduled to hit the road on Saturday morning to take on Class AAA George Washington in the Billies’ traditional preseason opener against the Patriots at George Washington High School on the school’s Charleston South Hills campus.
Chapmanville, which dipped below the .500 mark last season at 4-6, is scheduled to play Poca on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the inaugural Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
After the Tigers play the Dots, three more Cardinal Conference scrimmages will follow.
At 4:30 p.m., the Sissonville Indians take on the Tolsia Rebels.
Then at 6 p.m., the two-time defending Class AA state champion Wayne Pioneers are set to do battle with the Scott Skyhawks.
The finale at 7:30 p.m. has the host Mingo Central Miners squaring off with the Herbert Hoover Huskies.
No Logan County football team made it into the post-season in 2012.
Chapmanville had made it to the playoffs five years in a row before last year’s grid campaign. The Tigers had also had a string of six straight winning seasons snapped.
Logan coach Gary Mullins and Chapmanville coach George Barker enter their 10th seasons at their respective schools this fall.
Man coach Harvey Arms is the dean of Logan County’s coaches as he is set to embark on his 12th year with the Billies.
Man opens the season on Aug. 30 at home in a showdown with arch-rival Logan. Chapmanville opens the regular season the same night at home in a Cardinal Conference game against Sissonville.