Logan loaded and looking for 11th SEOAL title in 18 years


Logan Chieftains
In 2006 the Logan Chieftains made their first playoff appearance since 2001 thanks to a defense that shut out five opponents and allowed only 33 points in seven SEOAL games and an unknown junior tailback who nearly eclipsed the school’s single season rushing record despite missing the first and last games of the season. This season Logan drops down to D-II.

In 2006 the Logan Chieftains made their first playoff appearance since 2001 thanks to a defense that shut out five opponents and allowed only 33 points in seven Southeastern Ohio Athletic League games and an unknown junior TB who nearly eclipsed the school’s single season rushing record despite missing the first and last games of the season. 

Dale Amyx enters his 18th season as head coach with a 109-67 overall record, a 78-25 mark in the SEOAL and in good position to qualify for the playoffs a fifth time. Logan drops to Division II in 2007 but the drop may not be much of a benefit as they now will be mixed into powerful Region 7 with state powers Columbus DeSales and Bishop Watterson.

The Chieftains have won three straight SEOAL championships as well as seven of the last nine and enter 2007 riding a 16-game league winning streak. Logan returns 11 starters (seven on defense) and welcomes the first freshman class to go undefeated since 1997 to add depth.

Offensively, it is the dawn of a new era as long time offensive coordinator Jim Robinson has left the coaching staff to take an administrative position. Kelly Wolfe, an LHS graduate and member of Amyx’s coaching staff since 1991, will take over the offense after leading the JV team and coaching special teams. 

Wolfe will have the entire starting backfield returning from 2006 returning including senior TB Justin Frye (5-11, 190).  Frye, the reining SEOAL North Division MVP, ran for 1,630 yards and 22 TDs on 234 carries last fall despite not making his first start until the fourth week and missing entire games against Lancaster and Ironton after suffering an ankle injury against Portsmouth. Junior Clay Morgan, who started the Chiefs first three and last two games in 2006, ran for 668 yards and seven TDs.

Senior QB Michael Angle (6-0, 180) enters 2007 with a perfect 12-0 mark in two years as starter in SEOAL play.  He completed 53 percent (58-for-109) of his passes last season while tossing three TDs against only two INTs.

Senior FB Mark Potter (5-11, 215) and FB Corey Kissling (5-7, 175) both return to round out the backfield. Potter ran for nearly 5.8 yards per carry (52 car, 301 yards) and two TDs with Kissling adding 81 yards and two TDs on 18 carries. 

At WR, the Chiefs will have a horde of talented wide-outs for Angle to throw to. Senior Lucas Wright (5-10, 190) has been Logan’s top receiver the last two seasons and is poised for a break out year. He caught 18 passes in 2006. Senior Seth Moritz (5-11, 165) will also see time at receiver along with a pair of talented sophomores in Mason Mays (5-10, 165) and Patrick Angle (6-1, 190).

Senior Jeshiah Eggers (5-10, 210) and junior Jon Neff (6-1, 195) both will play tight end replacing Tony Ellis and Zak Gompf who graduated.

Up front, Amyx will have to replace all five starters from tackle to tackle including a pair of three-year starters and another two-year starter. A large group of prospects looks to fill those holes and will likely outweigh the departed seniors. Senior tackles Alex Wallace (6-8, 310) and Justin Chamberlain (6-1, 270) and junior guards Weston Andy (6-1, 275) and Cary MacLaughlin (5-8, 180) are penciled in as starters but senior Grant Waugh (5-10, 260) and junior David Schneider (6-1, 265) can both play either guard or tackle and should challenge for time up front.  Sophomore Bobby Russell (6-0, 230) is most likely to start at center.

Defensively, Logan’s 50-base defense should be strong again in 2007. Last fall Logan had three sophomores in the starting line-up at the start of the season and allowed 69 points in the first two weeks of the season. Once those sophomores grew into their roles, the defense allowed only 40 points the rest of the regular season.

Returning for Logan is a deep linebacking corps, led by seniors Kissling and Potter who recorded 145 and 102 tackles, respectively, to lead the team. Junior Zach Adams (6-1, 180) started at outside linebacker last fall but suffered a knee injury during basketball season that may keep him out the first couple of weeks. Junior Clay Morgan (5-9, 175) saw ample playing time at linebacker and should fill in for Adams early in the year.

Up front, Neff returns at DE after recording nine sacks last season. MacLaughlin returns at NG and may play some DT as well and senior Michael Frasure (5-9, 160) will see time at NG. Junior Derek Hart (6-1, 185) and Pat Angle will battle for time at the end opposite Neff. 

Amyx is faced with replacing a pair of two-plus year starters at DT. Besides MacLaughlin, Waugh, and Andy; junior Taylor McGuire (6-3, 225), Philo transfer John Bondurant and sophomore Jake Pogemoeller will all compete to fill in on the defensive line. 

The defensive backfield is set with a pair of returning two-year starters. Wright will play safety after recording seven INTs in 2006 and Moritz will play CB after picking off three passes. Mays and senior Jon Bapst (6-0, 155) will fight for the other CB spot. Mays may be the better athlete but Bapst has experience on his side.

October 26 will mark the last scheduled game to be played at 82-year old Bill Sauer Field. That night Logan hopes to celebrate the closing by clinching an SEOAL championship and playoff spot with a win over Ironton.

Logan 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Lancaster I
8/31/2007 Chillicothe III
9/7/2007 Pickerington North I
9/14/2007 @ Athens III
9/21/2007 Gallipolis Gallia Academy IV
9/29/2007 @ Zanesville II
10/5/2007 Marietta II
10/12/2007 Vincent Warren III
10/19/2007 @ Portsmouth IV
10/26/2007 Ironton III

* Southeastern Ohio Athletic League games in bold


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