Logan Downs Jackson On Late Score, Takes Over First Place

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Carter Eckl

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Updated Sat, Oct 12, 2013 5:29 pm
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The #restoreorder campaign in Logan is picking up steam.

Nick Kost capped a last-minute drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to lead Logan over the Jackson Ironmen at home Friday, 28-21.

After Jackson completed a touchdown pass on a broken play and tied the game on a successful 2-point conversion with under a minute to play, the two teams appeared to be on the way to overtime. But the Chieftans returned the ensuing kick to midfield.

Logan then connected on a quick sweep pass for 30 yards, and Kost followed with a quick snap and ran to the 12-yard line. A late hit penalty against the Ironmen gave the Chieftains the ball on the 7-yard line, setting them up for the score.

Logan has struggled in recent years, but the team’s recent success has fueled a Twitter campaign calling for the Chieftains to #restoreorder and return to SEOAL supremacy.

With the win, Logan has sole possession of first place in the SEOAL. The Chieftains are 2-0 in league games.

Logan scored all of its 28 points in the second half. Coach Billy Burke was very proud of the way his players performed in the last 24 minutes.

“We’re going to be measure by how we respond to adversity, whether as athletes or men,” Burke said. “The kids kept battling tonight, and that’s what you take away from any game, is if they continue to fight.”

The Jackson run game was in full force Friday, as the Ironmen started off the game with 11 straight running plays. Hunter Sexton punched in a 1-yard quarterback keeper to put the Red and White up, 7-0, after one possession.

Jackson’s defense held Logan in check throughout the first half, keeping Kost and Chieftans scoreless. The Ironmen forced a Logan fumble in the red zone to kill a Chieftan drive midway through the second quarter.

Logan’s first touchdown came courtesy of Kost and Isiah Smith. The two connected on a fade route to the corner of the end zone, as Smith tapped the toes and held on to put the Chieftains on the board.

Logan struggled in the first half with penalties.  

The Chieftans took four personal foul penalties, which extended multiple Jackson drives. Logan picked up two personal fouls on third downs during Jackson’s first touchdown drive.

The Chieftains (4-3, 2-0 SEOAL) will travel to take on the 7-0 Zanesville Blue Devils Friday, Oct. 18. Jackson, now 3-4 (1-1 SEOAL), will take on Portsmouth (2-5, 0-2) at home.

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Kate Hiller
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