By Craig Dunn/Courtesy of LoganFootball.com
LOGAN — A season that began as an absolute nightmare ended in sweet dreams for the Logan Chieftains.
Twenty-one days removed from a disastrous 0-7 start, the Purple & White brought one of the strangest, most-challenging seasons of high school football on record to an end by winning their final three games, capped off by Friday night’s 28-3 rout of visiting Teays Valley in Logan Chieftain Stadium.
It was just Logan’s second victory in eight all-time meetings with Teays Valley (3-6), which had beaten the Chiefs (3-7) four-consecutive times.
And, in another strange quirk to this COVID-addled season, Logan played more games (four, going 1-3) against Mid-State League Buckeye Division competition than did Teays Valley (three, going 2-1). Bloom-Carroll, which beat Logan 14-0 but didn’t play Teays Valley, won the division title.
The Vikings defeated MSL rival Logan Elm 31-25 in their season opener; four weeks later, the Braves blasted the Chiefs 48-21.
It was that kind of a season.
Fittingly, in the final home game of their careers, seniors scored all four Logan touchdowns.
Caden McCarty (157 yards on the ground) scored on runs of 70 and seven yards, Ian Frasure (82 yards) reached paydirt from 16 yards out and Henry Pierce scored the first varsity TD of his career on a 2-yard run. Sophomore Zach Chapin was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks.
While the overall numbers weren’t dominating, they showed the Chiefs did a great job defensively, bottling up a run-oriented team to the tune of 139 ground yards while controlling the ball on offense and using their own ground game to near-perfection.
With McCarty and Frasure leading the way, the Purple & White rushed for 235 yards, with 39 of their 41 offensive plays being ground calls. Logan only threw two passes, with the lone completion — a 45-yard catch-and-run by senior Brandon Heft off a short pass from Frasure in the left flat — leading directly to Logan’s second touchdown.
“They’re a big, strong, physical football team. They hang their hat on that,” Logan coach Mike Eddy said of the Vikings, who finished their season with a losing record for the first time since 2014. “If you go ask them to describe themselves, that’s what they’re going to tell you. They’ll say ‘we’re strong, we’re physical and we’re going to run the football at you and you’re not going to be able to do anything about it.’ So we knew coming in that’s the kind of game it was going to be.
“I felt early on there was just too many run lanes inside,” he continued. “They went empty (backfield) and then came back and were running inside because we had just left us with a two-linebacker box and (the Vikings were) having success.”
That led to the Vikings taking the opening kickoff and driving 70 yards on 11 plays before settling for a 29-yard field goal by Cale Clifton that put the visitors in front a couple seconds less than six minutes into the contest.
Early in the second stanza, Logan took over at its own 25-yard line following a TV punt. Then, after a 5-yard penalty on the Vikings, McCarty busted a handoff through the line, cut down the left side and outran the TV defense for a 70-yard house call and a 7-3 Logan lead after Chapin booted the ensuing PAT with 9:05 left in the half.
Then, after Poling returned a Viking punt 17 yards to the Logan 21, Frasure and Heft hooked up on that 45-yard catch-and-run, with Heft tightroping the sideline in front of the Chieftain bench to reach the Teays Valley 34.
Moments later, Logan picked up a first down on a third-down play to the TV 12 when the Vikings were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After Frasure picked up five yards, McCarty took a quick pitch to the right side, made a terrific quick-cut-on-a-dime back toward the line, and went the last seven yards to give the Chiefs a 14-3 lead that they took into the halftime break.
After a slow start, McCarty finished his season with 933 yards rushing on 168 carries and led the team in scoring with 80 points. Eleven of his 13 touchdowns were on the ground to go along with a receiving TD, a blocked-punt TD (he blocked five kicks, believed to be a school record), and a 2-point conversion.
The Vikings only had three second-half possessions and they all came up empty.
They attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-seven from the Logan 42 early in the second half, snapping to the up-back, which Carson Hodson sniffed out and made the tackle for a four-yard loss.
The other two possessions ended with a punt and on downs, respectively, with Teays Valley never getting any closer to the Logan end zone than the LHS 36.
Frasure capped off a solid 10-play, 54-yard drive late in the third quarter with a terrific, weaving, in-and-out 16-yard scoring run, which basically all but clinched the win.
Midway through the final stanza, Pierce carried the ball for the only time in his varsity career as a reward for three seasons of terrific play along both the offensive and defensive lines and big No. 80 bulled his way into the end zone from two yards out.
Logan 28, Teays Valley 3
Teays Valley 3 0 0 0— 3
Logan 0 14 7 7—28
TV: Cale Clifton 29 field goal, 6:02, 1Q
Logan: Caden McCarty 70 run (Zach Chapin kick), 9:05, 2Q
Logan: McCarty 7 run (Chapin kick), 2:58, 2Q
Logan: Ian Frasure 16 run (Chapin kick), 1:07, 3Q
Logan: Henry Pierce 2 run (Chapin kick), 7:02, 4Q
Team Statistics TV LO
First Downs 14 14
Offensive Plays 49 41
Rushes-Yards 34-139 39-235
Passing Yards 50 45
Total Yards 189 280
Passes 7-15-0 1-2-0
Punts-Avg. 3-39.7 2-33.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-58 4-40
Possession 23:08 24:52
Rushing — Logan: Caden McCarty 22-157 2TD, Ian Frasure 13-82 1TD, Henry Pierce 1-2 1TD, Traten Poling 2-(-5), team 1-(-1). TV leaders: Peyton Weiler 11-55, Camden McDanel 7-32, Hunter Young 5-28.
Passing — Logan: Ian Frasure 1-2-0—45. TV: Matthew Farmer 7-14-0—50, Peyton Weiler 0-1-0—0.
Receiving — Logan: Brandon Heft 1-45. TV leaders: Sam Speakman 2-37, Eli Burgett 2-18.