Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Strong Second Half Propels Sissonville over Logan, 36-20

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Strong Second Half Propels Sissonville over Logan, 36-20

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LOGAN - The traffic on the field, at least in the first half, was as troublesome for Sissonville as it was last Friday on the interstate, which is why the game was being played on a Monday night. But in the second half, it was mostly smooth sailing for the state-rated Indians, who used a big night by quarterback Chance Brown to recover and post a 36-20 victory over Logan.

Brown put the Indians in the driver's seat by running for more than 100 yards and throwing three touchdown passes as Sissonville broke away from a 12-all halftime tie to score 24 straight points in the second half and take command.

Sissonville (7-1) came into the game as the No. 6 team in the Class AA playoff ratings.

"I think coming out on a Monday night kind of hurt us a little bit, Brown said, "because we're used to playing on Friday night, obviously. Overall, I think we didn't play like we wanted, but we played well enough.

Snarled traffic in and around the Kanawha Valley on Friday afternoon prevented the game, Logan's Senior Night, from being held on Friday. Several other area games were delayed.

The long lag seemed to affect the Indians in some ways in the first half as they dominated the statistics with three long drives, but a pair of untimely turnovers helped the Wildcats (3-5) stay close. Daniel Browning returned a Brown fumble 48 yards for one Logan TD and Tyler Browning picked off a pass in his own end zone to halt another threat.

"I think some of the adversity was from having to travel and play on a Monday, said Indians coach Marc Wilson. "I think a bunch of our boys were at the Garth Brooks concert until 3 o'clock in the morning [late Saturday] and their sleep rhythms were all messed up.

"But if you're going to play in the playoffs, you're going to have to do things like that. Hopefully we're a playoff team and we can use this as a learning experience so that we can continue to thrive.

Brown, who threw a pair of first-half TDs, helped right the ship in the second half by leading the Indians on touchdown drives three of the first five times they gained possession. …

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