Logan looking for fifth straight SEOAL championship

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Logan Chieftains

After a first round playoff exit, coach Dale Amyx and the Logan
Chieftains hope to raise the bar in 2008 by advancing in the Division
II playoffs. The Chieftains reeled off nine straight wins last season before being defeated in
the final minute against Tri-Valley (31-26) in their first ever
Division II playoff game. Logan previously qualified for the
Division I playoffs in 1987, ’99, ’00, ’01, and ’06.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB/LB Clay Morgan (5-10, 180, SR), TE/DE Jon Neff (6-3, 225, SR), WR/LB/DE Zach Adams (6-2, 210, SR), DT Taylor MaGuire (6-3, 250, SR), NG/DT Cary MacLaughlin (5-10, 200, SR), DT Stephen Miller (6-0, 230, SR), OG David Schneider (6-1, 280, SR), OT Weston Andy (6-2, 275, SR), QB/DB Patrick Angle (6-2, 195, JR), WR/LB Mason Mays (5-10, 180, JR), FB/LB Michael Snider (6-0, 200, JR), C Bobby Russell (6-1, 230, JR), TE/DE Ralph Robinson (6-0, 200, JR), OT Brock Thompson (6-1, 220, JR), OT Jesse Arnold (6-4, 240, Soph)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 9-2, Regional Quarterfinalist

After a first round playoff exit, coach Dale Amyx and the Logan Chieftains hope to raise the bar in 2008 by advancing in the Division II playoffs. The Chieftains reeled off nine straight wins, including 26-7 and 61-14 wins over playoff qualifiers Zanesville (DII) and Portsmouth (DIV) last season. However, the Chieftains were defeated in the final minute against Tri-Valley (31-26) in their first ever Division II playoff game. (Logan has previously qualified for the Division I playoffs in 1987, ’99, ’00, ’01, and ’06).

Logan enters the 2008 season looking for a school record fifth straight SEOAL championship, a league in which they have won 23 straight games dating back to 2004.

It won’t be easy for the purple and white to re-load after losing three of the most prolific offensive players in school history. Gone are special mention All-Ohio quarterback Michael Angle, 2nd team All-Ohio running back Justin Frye, and 1st team All-Ohio defensive back Lucas Wright at receiver. In addition, the defense must replace 2nd and 1st team All-Ohio linebackers in Mark Potter and Corey Kissling respectively.

Offensively, Logan will turn to junior quarterback Patrick Angle (6-2, 195) to lead the offense. As a back-up to his brother last season, Angle completed 7 of 8 passes for 70 yards and 2 scores, but where he really will change the offense is with his ability to pose a dual threat with his legs in addition to his arm.

Joining Angle in the backfield will be senior running back Clay Morgan (5-10, 180). Morgan has started 4 games in his career, all during his sophomore season where he ran for nearly 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. Last season, while playing primarily linebacker, Morgan rushed for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 19 carries. Junior Zack McDaniel (5-10, 165) will add depth at tailback. Junior Michael Snider moves in at fullback for the Chieftains.

At receiver, junior Mason Mays (5-10, 180) will be the main target for the purple and white. Mays caught 4 passes for 82 yards and one score last season. Joining Mays in the receiving corps are seniors Jaush Huntsberger (5-10, 140), Seth Sigler (5-10, 170), and Zach Adams (6-2, 210) as well as junior Jordan Rutter (5-10, 160).

Senior Jon Neff (6-3, 225) and junior Ralph Robinson (6-0, 200) will see time at tight end.

Logan returns 4 starters on an offensive line that will also have more depth than last season. Seniors Weston Andy (6-2, 275) and David Schneider (6-1, 280) return at guard and tackle respectively where they will make up the right side of the line. Junior Bobby Russell (6-1, 230) returns at center along with senior Derek Shirey (5-10, 210) at guard. Sophomore Jesse Arnold (6-4, 240) and junior Brock Thompson (6-1, 220) will battle for the final spot at tackle. Junior Kyle Andy (6-0, 230), a converted fullback, may also compete for time up front.

Defensively, Logan will be rebuilding in the backfield where only 2 starter return among the back six. Up front however, Logan returns 4 of 5 starters and will have considerable depth.

Back are seniors Neff (6-3, 225), Stephen Miller (6-0, 230), and Cary MacLaughlin (5-10, 200). Neff, a defensive end, recorded a team high 9 sacks in 2007. Miller worked his way into the starting line-up after moving from linebacker last season and recorded over 50 tackles and 5 sacks. MacLaughlin is a two-year starter on the defensive line at both noseguard and tackle.

Angle started at defensive end last season with Neff and also recorded 9 sacks, but will likely see his playing time on defense reduced in 2008. Adams and Robinson will likely move into his spot at end this fall for the Chieftains. Senior Taylor MaGuire (6-3, 250) will likely take on the final spot on the defensive line at tackle.

The Chieftains will be re-tooling at linebacker, where Morgan is the lone returning starter. Morgan was third on the team in tackles last fall with 77. Mays will move from cornerback to linebacker after recording 67 tackle last season. Snider will round out the linebacking unit at middle linebacker.

In the defensive backfield, seniors Sigler and Huntsberger will start at cornerback and safety respectively. Rutter will see time at the other cornerback. Angle could also see time at safety, shifting Huntsberger over to cornerback.

Logan moves from 81 year old (and now demolished) Bill Sauer Field to brand new Logan Chieftain Stadium in 2008 where they open with Lancaster. The Chieftains see Pickerington North moved up the second week and play Hamilton Township for the first time in week three, followed by a non-league game with fellow SEOAL school Gallia Academy.

The Chieftains miss Portsmouth in SEOAL play and host both Ironton and Zanesville. However, Logan finishes with tough road trips to Jackson and Chillicothe to close the 2008 season.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 22 – Lancaster
Aug. 29 – @ Pickerington North
Sept. 5 – @ Hamilton Township
Sept. 12 – Gallia Academy
Sept. 19 – Ironton *
Sept. 26 – Zanesville *
Oct. 3 – @ Marietta *
Oct. 10 – Warren *
Oct. 17 – @ Jackson *
Oct. 24 – @ Chillicothe *
* = SEOAL Game

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