LOGAN — New Logan football coach Mike Eddy wants to bond current Chieftains with those from the past.
The result will be the inaugural “Captains Appreciation Day,” which will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, in Logan Chieftain Stadium.
It will be an inter-squad scrimmage that will replace one of the three scrimmages allotted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Logan is scrimmaging Friday, Aug. 9 at Nelsonville-York and will host Marietta Friday, Aug. 23, in the annual OHSAA Jamboree scrimmage.
“My goal would be for this event to occur every year,” said Eddy, whose first Chieftain team begins its regular season Friday, Aug. 30, at Tri-Valley.
Former Chieftain captains are invited to attend and they will be introduced to current players at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. practice in which returning captains are welcome to be on the field and watch drills.
The inter-squad scrimmage begins at 10 a.m., with returning captains to be on both sidelines with the players, and at the end of the scrimmage around noon captains will be welcome to address the current team and share stories and encouragement with the 2019 Chieftains.
“I would love to not only honor our former players and thank them for their contribution to our rich history, but to also remind current players of the opportunity and responsibility that comes with wearing the purple and white on Friday nights,” Eddy said.
Being an inaugural event, the new Logan mentor would like to eventually get businesses and organizations involved to make it a day-long gathering of current and former players with additional activities to “really make the day special for our former captains.”
Logan Chieftain sports historian Spencer Waugh, whose extensive football research includes a list of all-time captains since 1912, is working on a list of mail/email addresses for those captains.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to email Waugh at email@example.com to get on the mailing list.
Chiefs host 7-on-7: The remnants of tropical storm Barry held off long enough for the Chieftains to host former Southeastern Ohio Athletic League rivals Gallia Academy and Warren in a 7-on-7 scrimmage Wednesday morning in Logan Chieftain Stadium.
Gallipolis is coached by LHS graduate Alex Penrod, who was an assistant under Eddy during his early days at GAHS, and new Warren coach Matt Kimes was an Eddy aide at Parkersburg South the past six seasons.
Eddy noted he was looking for specific things from his new team on Wednesday... not touchdowns, turnovers or tackles.
“It’s a chance to see how the kids react” in game action and “how they respond to situations,” Eddy said while watching Logan’s offense face Gallipolis.
The Chieftains have a 7-on-7 scrimmage Friday at Logan Elm to end the summer contact period, then will be off until Thursday, Aug. 1, when they — and all schools around the state — are permitted to begin practice for the 2019 season.
Logan’s season opener is Friday, Aug. 30, when the Chiefs travel to Tri-Valley.