LOGAN – Hoping to build on the momentum from their previous week’s 24-14 win against Athens, the Logan Chieftains were badly disappointed Friday night as the St. Charles Cardinals dealt them a resounding 27-0 loss. This was the first time the two teams had met.
In a game in which the Chiefs, without the help of injured standout running back Traten Poling, never really seemed to be in serious contention, St. Charles ran the score up early ¬– 20-0 by the end of the first quarter, and 27-0 by halftime – and then mostly played conservatively on offense while keeping Logan well away from the scoreboard.
On their first possession the Cardinals marched some 58 yards on a handful of plays including a 34-yard pass from quarterback Archer Stankowski to running back Pete DeSocio, and capped off the quick drive with a touchdown run from the 3-yard line by DeSocio.
Logan couldn’t make a first down once it got the ball back, and punted it away with around seven minutes left in the quarter. St Charles promptly scored again on another quick and effective drive of 72 yards, with running back Fred Nimely taking it into the end zone from nine yards out. A missed point-after put the score at 13-0 St. Charles.
Adding insult to injury, the Cardinals followed up that score with a surprise onside kick, which they recovered. It took them exactly one play to get into the end zone again, with DeSocio running it in from the Logan 37.
It was mostly downhill from there on out for the Chieftains, who were unable to generate any momentum on offense or contain the Cardinals. With around four minutes left in the half St. Charles quarterback Archer hit DeSocio with a four-yard TD pass and, with the score at 27-0, Logan’s cause looked bleak indeed starting the second half.
With around six minutes left in the third quarter Logan managed to take the ball away from the Cardinals on downs – only to see a Brayden Sturgell pass picked off. The Chiefs got the ball back on a fumble recovery, but couldn’t make anything happen offensively and punted with around 11 minutes left in the game.
St. Charles mostly played to eat up the clock from that point. The game ended with Logan inside the St. Charles 10-yard line, threatening to score a consolation TD, but failing when a touchdown run was called back on a penalty.
Logan’s record on the season goes to 1-5 with the loss. The Chiefs face Meigs at home next Friday.
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