Wins against London Madison Plains and Johnstown Northridge has given the Hamilton Township Rangers a head start. Now head coach Bob Jacoby, in his second-year at Hamilton after
leaving Columbus DeSales, is putting the Rangers to test Friday, as
they clash for the first-time ever with Southeastern Ohio Athletic
League power Logan.
Wins against London Madison Plains and Johnstown Northridge has given the Hamilton Township Rangers a head start.
Now head coach Bob Jacoby, in his second-year at Hamilton after leaving Columbus DeSales, is putting the Rangers to test Friday, as they clash for the first-time ever with Southeastern Ohio Athletic League power Logan.
“We definitely scheduled this game to get a better gauge of what a real good team, like Logan, plays like,” Jacoby said. “It gives us something to shoot for, and we can find out once-and-for-all if we’re capable of playing with a team like that.”
According to Jacoby, the Rangers are still a work in process. Following a 17-7 win to open the season at Madison Plains, Hamilton Township went to 2-0 last week with a 24-8 victory over Northridge. Two-way star Dorian Curry passed for 147 yards, while adding 53 on the ground. Tailback Josh Frakes also chipped, gaining 154 yards on just nine totes, as Hamilton registered 407 yards of total offense.
“We’re trying to get some continuity in the lineup,” Jacoby said. “We’ve had different guys start on the offensive line in the scrimmages and the first two games. We’re trying to settle down on one group of guys.”
Jacoby said that the Rangers “are not satisfied with any area” right now, but if he had to pick the better area thus far, the Ranger defense would take the award. Hamilton limited Northridge to 179 yards of total offense last week.
One of the concerns Jacoby has for Hamilton’s home-opener is the tempo the Chieftains set on the field.
“They set a tempo on both sides of the ball; they’re fast-paced, aggressive and that is loud even on tape,” Jacoby said. “That, in my opinion, led to their first two wins.
“ … We have a lot of kids going both ways, so we’re trying to figure out how to hand with them and not get worn down.”
Logan is enjoying its best start in recent memory, capitalized by opening their new stadium in Week 1 with a 35-10 win over archrival Lancaster, the first win the Chieftains had over the Golden Gales since 1945.
The Chieftains went to 2-0 last week with a 35-14 road victory over Pickerington North, led by the play of quarterback Patrick Angle, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. Angle has been on target thus far for Logan, completing 36-of-56 passes for 419 yards and four scores, while rushing 26 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, the Chieftains have been stingy, allowing just 209 yards per game.