PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Gary Mullins is coaching on borrowed time.
The Logan High School coach announced last week that he will step down at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The Wildcats (7-3) have the No. 13 seed for the Class AAA playoffs and will play at No. 4 seed Point Pleasant (10-0) in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Mullins said that he is not leaving the Wildcats for another coaching position, and that a change in personal priorities led to his decision.
"I'll live in Logan the rest of my life," Mullins said Sunday at the Secondary School Activities Commission offices. "I just want to spend more time with my wife and my kids and just be there for them first. I've been in football since I was 5, so it's 29 years. I may help the next guy that comes in here if he wants some help.
"I'll help any way I can. I just want to step away and spend some time with my kids before they get too old," he said.
Point Pleasant beat the Wildcats in Logan 37-21 on Sept. 20. Mullins said the second chance for his team against the Big Blacks is a welcomed one.
"We feel like we didn't give our best effort that night, and our kids wanted to get to that level where we could get a shot at anybody in the playoffs, but against a team we've already played and are familiar with, it gives us time to go over film on a team that we're already familiar with," Mullins said.
In the teams' first meeting, Logan committed a pair of what Mullins called "terrible special teams errors" that Point Pleasant turned into touchdowns, leading to a sizeable lead for the Big Blacks early in the game.
"That turned out, pretty much, to be the difference in the game," Mullins said.
Logan is led by 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior running back Brynden "Worm" Street, who has carried the ball 148 times for 1,310 yards and 14 touchdowns. Senior Josh Rein (6-2, 185) is another key offensive weapon for the Wildcats, and has lined up at numerous positions this season, including quarterback, this season. He is among state receiving leaders with 33 catches for 576 yards and five touchdowns.
Mullins' last season coincides with significant graduation losses looming for the program. Logan has 18 seniors on its roster.
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SOUTH CHARLESTON Coach Donnie Mays said he is not concerned with the effect of cold while playing No. 5 seed Wheeling Park (9-1) on the turf at Wheeling Island Stadium on Friday night.
A low temperature of 36 degrees is forecast for Friday, but the wind off the Ohio River that surrounds the island is notorious for making the air feel much colder than what shows on a thermometer.
"It's high school football. We play Friday night at 7:30," Mays said. "Why wait a day longer to play a game when you can get out there and see what you're made of against a good football team?"
The Black Eagles (7-3) have the No. 12 seed for the Class AAA playoffs. Since 2008, the program has actually played as many playoff games at Wheeling Island Stadium than the Patriots have, those being the state championship games in 2008 and '09 that saw SC beat George Washington and Brooke.
The last time Wheeling Park played a home playoff game was in 2008. That year, the Patriots were a No. 3 seed and beat Fairmont Senior in the first round before falling to University in the quarterfinals - both at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Park and South Charleston saw each other a number of times in 7-on-7 competitions last summer. Park's identity has evolved somewhat since then however. Running back Bryce Ingram, an All-State utility player in 2012, broke his back in the preseason then injured his ankle against Morgantown when he returned. He has played in just four games this year.