POCA – Jordan Wolfe ran for two touchdowns and blocked an extra point to lead Class AA No. 2 Poca to a 14-12 victory over Class AA No. 13 Logan Friday night at O.O. White Stadium.
Wolfe threw for 161 yards and Malakai Woodard-Jones rushed for 102 yards to help Poca remain unbeaten.
Logan led 12-7 following Carson Kirk’s second 53-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Hayes with 10:34 to play in the third quarter.
Wolfe’s second touchdown run, a 1-yarder with 5:15 to play in the third quarter, ut Poca in front for good, but the Dots had to withstand three straight Wildcat drives that ended in Dots territory.
Logan ran just 36 plays to Poca’s 70 and was outgained 352-241 in total offense.
“We had too many three and outs, and they ran the play clock pretty deep to keep us off the field,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “We didn’t do ourselves any favors and if we are to win the next two games we have to do a better job on third down.”
Logan got on the board first as Hayes hooked up with Kirk for a 53-yard touchdown, but Wolfe blocked Aiden Slack’s extra point, keeping the Logan lead at 6-0 with 3:44 to play in the opening quarter.
Wolfe put Poca on the board with his first touchdown, a 2-yard run with 11:15 to play in the second quarter. Joe Starcher’s extra point split the uprights to give Poca a 7-6 lead.
“Their ability to make extra points was the difference,” Mullins said. “We did not do a very good job at blocking for out PAT’s and we have to get better.”
“To have a kicker like Slack and not use him is unacceptable,” Mullins said. “Our inability to block makes a great weapon a non-factor.”
Kirk caught six passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 85 yards for the Wildcats.
“Carson had a special night and was explosive,” Mullins said. “He really gave us an offensive boost and he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.”
Hayes completed 11-of-25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Hayes was Logan’s leading rusher with 27 yards on six carries. Kolton Goldie rushed for 12 yards on six attempts and Slack had two rushes for five yards.
Bryce Davis had 10 tackles on defense for Logan while Goldie had eight tackles, Conner Mullins seven tackles and one sack and Slack had six tackles to go along with an interception. Landon Adkins and Tristan Burgess each had a sack for the Wildcats.
Logan will return home this Friday night to face county rival Chapmanville. The Wildcats are 5-3 on the year and need victory to keep their playoff chances alive. The Wildcats can win the Logan County championship outright with a victory over the Tigers.
“We can’t let this game beat us next week, we have to learn and get better from it,” Mullins said. “This should show our guys that we can play with anybody when we come to play.”
Poca 14, Logan 12
Logan 6 0 6 0-12
Poca 0 7 7 0-14
L- Kirk 53 pass from Hayes (kick failed), 3:44
P- Wolfe 2 run (Starcher kick), 11:15
L- Kirk 53 pass from Hayes (pass failed), 10:34
P- Wolfe 1 run (Starcher kick), 5:15