Toth, suiting up for Man High School, enjoyed four straight wins over the county rival Wildcats in his 1981-84 playing career as the Hillbillies won in 7-0, 15-0, 18-0 and 24-0 shutouts.

This time, Toth will be standing on the opposite sideline as Logan's head coach, when he will go against his alma mater Man on Aug. 25 in the season opener at Man's George A. Queen Memorial Field.

Toth experienced this turn of events the last two seasons when he was former Logan Coach Gary Mullins' Defensive Coordinator.

Next month, he will be taking in the Logan-Man game with the head coaching headsets on.

Toth, a 1985 Man High School graduate and a former fullback and linebacker for the Hillbillies, said he never thought then he'd ever be the coach at Logan.

"As a player no, but once I became a coach and started coaching different places Logan was always to me an attractive job," Toth said. "It was a place that as a coach that I thought that I'd want to be."

Toth is no stranger to coaching football, of course, as he has a wealth of experience on coaching staffs at Man, Wahama and Point Pleasant in addition to Logan. He was also for a time the head boys' basketball coach at Wahama.

Toth played for legendary Man football coach William C. "Tootie" Carter, who won 200 games and took Man High School to three Class AA state championship games. The '84 Man team, Toth's senior year, the Billies lost a heartbreaking 14-10 game to Grafton in the 2A state championship game.

Despite the four shutout wins over Logan, Toth said he remembered all of them were hard fought battles.

He expects the same in a month's time when the Wildcats and Billies meet again.

"Back then with Coach Carter the expectations were high at Man," Toth said. "We were a playoff contender and a state championship contender. My senior year we were state runner-ups to Grafton that year in '84. Logan was formidable back then. We had some close games with them. The year after I graduated was Coach Wayne Bennett's first year when Logan beat Man for the first time in a long time. Logan was making strides in the 80s but just hadn't gotten there yet. Not until after I graduated."

Toth said the Logan-Man season opener was always huge with big crowds, plenty of excitement and lots of anticipation.

"Starting with Logan was always special since it was the first game and a county rival. In the mid-80s we felt like we should win the game. We always looked forward to the game," he said.

A rivalry is born

The Logan-Man football game is one of the state's longest running rivalries.

Logan and Man did not play each other every year back in the day but the football series dates back to the leatherhead days of the 1920s.

The first Logan-Man high school football game was way back in 1923 when the infant sport was dwarfed in popularity by America's baseball pastime.

Back then, the Super Bowl was still more than four decades away.

The fledgling midwest-centered National Football League was in just its fourth season of play.

The Canton Bulldogs repeated as NFL champions after ending the season with an 11-0-1 record, edging out the Chicago Bears (9-2-1) and the Green Bay Packers (9-2-1).

The humble NFL had franchises in places such as Racine, Toledo, Duluth, Dayton, Akron, Rochester and Louisville.

Duluth?

The league even had a barn-storming, traveling team called the Oorang Indians, a LaRue, Ohio squad entirely made up of Native-Americans and led by the legendary Jim Thorpe, a former Olympic Gold Medalist and the team's player/coach.

In the college football ranks, Illinois had its own legend, Red Grange, who led the Fighting Illini to an 8-0 record and a consensus national championship. Illinois seemingly wrapped up the title with a 7-0 win over Chicago in front of 60,000 fans at the Illini's Memorial Stadium as Grange scored the game's only touchdown.

Back home in Logan County, the 1923 season was when the Wildcats and Hillbillies got it all started.

Homestanding Logan, led by head coach Sam Emsweiller, would beat Man and head coach E.H. Sheldon, 60-0.

It was the first of 78 meetings between the two county rivals. Logan leads the all-time series 50-27-1.

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Last year's game

Last year, Logan rolled past the Hillbillies 48-13 at the Logan Football Stadium as Wildcats' freshman quarterback David Early made his varsity debut. Early, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound quarterback, tossed a swing pass to Goff on the first play from scrimmage, resulting in a 75-yard touchdown. The score set the tone for the game as Logan scored early and often, leading 30-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at the half.

Early completed 12-of-18 passes for 240 yards and four TDs on passes from 75, 75, 4 and 27 yards.

Two seasons ago, Man beat Logan 18-13 at home in the first-ever game played by the two teams on Field Turf. Prior to the 2015 season, Logan, Man and Chapmanville carpeted their football fields with the artificial surface as part of a joint $2.5 million project funded by the Logan County Commission and the Logan County School Board.

Last year's Logan-Man game was a historic one.

It was the first county match-up to be played on Logan's artificial surface and it was the first time the Billies and Wildcats were playing in the same Double-A classification. Back in the 1990s for a brief time, both Man and Logan were Class AAA schools.

Man has been a Single-A school for more than a decade but was the only school in the state to actually raise in classification. Logan, a former Class AA school from 2003-07, was back in the Double-A ranks for the first time in eight years.

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Logan dominates early

Going way back, the Wildcats dominated the early years in the rivalry, going 11-0-1 over Man in the 1920s and 1930s. The only blemish was a scoreless tie in 1934.

Logan and Man only met once in the 1940s, according to records compiled by local football historian Rick Baker -- a 34-0 win by the Wildcats.

Man finally broke through in 1953 with a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats as Logan went 15-1-1 over the Hillbillies in the first 17 meetings.

Logan continued to dominate the Hillbillies, going 7-3 against Man in the 1950s and sporting a 7-0 mark in the 1960s.

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Coach Carter arrives

Then came along Coach Carter.

The tide shifted in Coach Carter's Man High School tenure (1969-98) as the Hillbillies dominated Logan during the span, going 20-9 over the Wildcats. Carter would lead Man to three Class AA state championship games in 1977, 1980 and 1984.

Man was 6-4 vs. Logan in the 1970s, 7-3 in the 80s and 7-3 in the 90s. Man's "Blue Funk" defense of the 70s was particularly strong in the Logan game as the Billies held the Cats to six points or less in all of the six wins including three shutouts.

In Carter's last year at the helm in '98, The Billies blasted Logan 46-21.

Then in 1999 came another shift.

It was the first Logan-Man game without Carter at the helm in 31 years.

Logan, then led by head coach George Barker, would beat homestanding Man 18-7 in the '99 game, breaking a 12-game losing skid dating back to 1997. Logan was 0-10 in '98 and hadn't won a game since a 40-20 victory over South Charleston on Oct. 23, 1997.

Barker would go on to lead the Wildcats to five straight victories over the Billies until 2003, winning 49-9, 19-0, 27-6 and 18-0, before resigning and bolting for his alma mater Chapmanville.

Logan would go 7-3 over Man in the 2000s decade.

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Coach Mullins arrives

After Barker's departure, Mullins, a former Barker assistant, took over at Logan. In his 13 years at the helm, Mullins was 8-5 vs. Man. The Hillbillies' current head coach, Harvey Arms, is 5-10 vs. Logan in 15 years.

The 2009 game was significant for Coach Arms and the Billies. Man, a Class A school at the time, blasted Class AAA Logan 34-7 and went on to go 12-2 and reach Wheeling's Super Six. Man would end up falling 27-7 to Weirton Madonna in the Class A state championship game on the frozen Wheeling Island Stadium carpet.

In the 2010s, Logan leads Man 5-2 in the series, taking four straight wins from 2010-13. Three of those teams ended up reaching the Class AAA playoffs with the 2011 team having a post-season home game.

Man then beat Logan 32-26 in an overtime thriller in 2014 and 18-13 at home in 2015. The OT game was the first ever county clash between the Billies and the Wildcats to go into an extra period.

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Logan vs. Man Football Series

(Logan leads 50-27-1)

The 2010s:

(Logan leads 5-2)

2016: Logan 48, Man 13

2015: Man 18, Logan 13

2014: Man 32, Logan 26 (OT)

2013: Logan 40, Man 20

2012: Logan 33, Man 0

2011: Logan 30, Man 7

2010: Logan 55, Man 18

The 2000s:

(Logan 7-3)

2009: Man 34, Logan 7

2008: Logan 14, Man 12

2007: Logan 33, Man 14

2006: Man 18, Logan 13

2005: Logan 12, Man 10

2004: Man 22, Logan 18

2003: Logan 18, Man 0

2002: Logan 27, Man 6

2001: Logan 19, Man 0

2000: Logan 49, Man 9

The 1990s:

(Man 7-3)

1999: Logan 18, Man 7

1998: Man 46, Logan 21

1997: Man 55, Logan 0

1996: Man 13, Logan 12

1995: Man 20, Logan 12

1994: Logan 6, Man 0

1993: Logan 20, Man 16

1992: Man 20, Logan 0

1991: Man 17, Logan 12

1990: Logan 15, Man 14

The 1980s:

(Man 7-3)

1989: Man 20, Logan 0

1988: Logan 7, Man 0

1987: Logan 26, Man 0

1986: Man 24, Logan 7

1985: Logan 20, Man 14

1984: Man 24, Logan 0

1983: Man 18, Logan 0

1982: Man 15, Logan 0

1981: Man 7, Logan 0

1980: Man 20, Logan 0

The 1970s:

(Man 6-4)

1979: Man 10, Logan 6

1978: Man 26, Logan 0

1977: Man 28, Logan 6

1976: Man 14, Logan 6

1975: Man 26, Logan 0

1974: Logan 7, Man 0

1973: Logan 36, Man 27

1972: Man 20, Logan 0

1971: Logan 18, Man 6

1970: Logan 8, Man 0

The 1960s:

(Logan 7-0)

1967: Logan 53, Man 0

1966: Logan 20, Man 7

1965: Logan 18, Man 6

1964: Logan 54, Man 14

1963: Logan 12, Man 0

1961: Logan 31, Man 6

1960: Logan 28, Man 0

The 1950s:

(Logan 7-3)

1959: Man 18, Logan 6

1958: Logan 19, Man 13

1957: Man 12, Logan 7

1956: Logan 27, Man 0

1955: Logan 2, Man 0

1954: Logan 20, Man 6

1953: Man 6, Logan 0

1952: Logan 21, Man 0

1951: Logan 27, Man 6

1950: Logan 13, Man 0

The 1940s:

(Logan 1-0)

1940: Logan 34, Man 0

The 1930s:

(Logan 8-0-1)

1939: Logan 20, Man 0

1938: Logan 33, Man 0

1937: Logan 31, Man 0

1936: Logan 12, Man 6

1935: Logan 27, Man 0

1934: Logan 0, Man 0 (tie)

1933: Logan 20, Man 0

1932: Logan 27, Man 0

1931: Logan 20, Man 0

The 1920s:

(Logan 3-0)

1925: Logan 46, Man 6

1924: Logan 12, Man 0

1923: Logan 60, Man 0

Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at: padkins@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter at @PAdkinsBanner.

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