Logan lost to Louisville 7-0 in the second round in a
game where they turned the ball over seven times. This year, the Chieftain are out to erazse that memory behind three-year starter and one of the best quarterbacks in the
state Pat Angle.
* Players To Watch – QB/S Patrick Angle (6-1, 195, Sr.; 177-286, 2,496 yards, 25 TD, 11 INT), RB/WR/LB Mason Mays (5-11, 180, Sr; 57 catches, 852 yards, 13 TD, 19 carries, 136 yards; 57 total tackles), WR/DB Jordan Rutter (5-11, 165, Sr; 21 catches, 309 yards, 2 TD; 30 total tackles); RB/WR/DB Zach McDaniel (5-11, 165, Sr; 22 carries, 149 yards, TD, 12 catches, 166 yards, TD; 26 total tackles), OL/DL Bobby Russell (6-3, 260, Sr.), OL/DL Jeff Murphy (5-11, 215, Sr.), OT Tim King (6-1, 220, Jr.), FB/LB Michael Snider (6-0, 200, Sr; 122 tackles, 9 for loss, 4 sacks), TE/DE Ralph Robinson (6-0, 200lbs, Sr; 50 total tackles, 4 sacks)
Outlook – Although the Logan Chieftain offense garnered many of the headlines in 2008 led by Patrick Angle at quarterback and Mason Mays at receiver, it was the purple and white defense that deserved a lot of the credit for the Chieftains 11-1 record that included a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championship and a playoff win over Dublin Jerome.
If Logan is to improve on last season, and erase the bitter memories of a 7-0 loss to Louisville in the second round of the DII playoffs, it will take successful rebuilding on defense and improved production on offense.
Improving the offense shouldn’t be difficult. Logan not only returns school record setters at quarterback and receiver but also welcomes back two other top skill players in Jordan Rutter and Zach McDaniel. In addition, Bobby Russell is a two-year starter at center while tackle Tim King and guard Jeff Murphy are also returning starters.
McDaniel, who missed significant action last season due to a broken collarbone, will likely see time in the backfield as well as splitting out wide. Mays, primarily a receiver a year ago, has the ability to line-up in the backfield to give Coach Amyx’s squad diverse looks. Rutter, who came on late in 2008 at receiver, will be one of Angle’s top targets.
Speaking of Angle, the 2008 first team All-Ohio quarterback will be the key for Logan’s spread offense. The Chieftains implemented the spread offense last fall, and are hoping the experience gained by the returning starters will lead to more production in 2009.
In 2008, Logan’s defense allowed just over 8 and a half points per game. With only 4 starters back on that side of the ball, finding players to step up and fill the shoes of departed seniors will be priority number one for Coach Amyx and his staff.
Ralph Robinson is the lone returning starter on the defensive line, however, classmates Ryan Sigler (6-3, 190) and McDaniel both saw significant playing time at end and nose guard last season. Finding depth and staying healthy on the defensive line will be key for the Chieftains and their 5-3 base defense.
Michael Snider returns to anchor the linebacking corps after leading the team in tackles last fall. Look for Mays to move from cornerback to outside linebacker, a position he played at times last fall.
In the secondary, Angle returns at safety while Rutter and McDaniel should see time at cornerback.
For Logan, winners of 29 straight SEOAL games and 9 of the last 11 SEOAL championships, winning a league title is step one in 2009. Reaching, and then advancing in the DII playoffs are the expectation this fall.
Aug. 28, at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4, Pickerington North, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11, at Hamilton Township, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18, at Gallipolis Gallia Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25, at Ironton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, Zanesville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9, Marietta, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16, at Vincent Warren, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23, Jackson, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31, Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m.