Updated Thu, Sep 12, 2013 3:37 pm
Even though Logan has won the SEOAL 25 time in the school’s history, this season’s 0-2 start isn’t unfamiliar territory. This is the third-straight season the Chieftains head into week three winless.
Luckily for first-year coach Billy Burke, Logan’s opponent this week is also coming in looking for its first win.
“Newark is 0-2, as well,” Burke said. “Somebody will be forced to win their first game.”
Logan comes in after a 26-13 loss to the Teays Valley Vikings, a game where it gave up 340 yards on the ground. However, the challenge this week for the Chieftans will mainly come through the air.
“Their quarterback is very good,” Burke said. “[Newark] throws the ball around a lot. We have to get pressure on [the quarterback].”
Defensively, Burke expects to see a different mentality from his unit.
“You can expect a much more aggressive defense than there’s been the past two weeks and can expect us to make plays on defense,” he said.
Offensively, senior Nick Kost gets the nod in the backfield for the second week in a row after Lane Little’s collarbone injury against Lancaster.
“Offensively, we just need to find a rhythm,” Burke said.
Through two games, the Wildcats are outscoring Logan, 48-20, so Coach Burke’s squad will need to find a way to put points on the board.
All-in-all, Logan has yet to reach conference play, so this week’s contest with Newark could be the starting blocks that propel them into SEOAL play.
“I told the kids after the loss last week that nothing is wrong with 8-2,” Burke said. “We’ll be measured by how we respond to adversity.”