LOGAN – Coming into the game against Meigs on Friday, the 1-5 Logan Chieftains were obviously hoping to add another digit to their win column. They were also, however, looking to redeem themselves for the sluggish performance they had put in the week before, against the St. Charles Cardinals at home.
In that game the Chiefs got behind the eight ball early on, as St. Charles quickly ran up a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and left Logan struggling to put together any kind of answering offensive momentum. Though the Chieftains didn’t just lie down and die at that point, and did manage to mount a credible offensive threat late in the game, they couldn’t get into the end zone and ended the game on the wrong end of a 27-0 shutout.
The game against Meigs, then, came as a welcome reset. In Friday’s homecoming game the Chieftains once again saw their opponent build up a good lead early on – 10-0 by the end of the first half – but this time out, they fought their way back, scoring a field goal in the third quarter, then adding two touchdowns in the fourth, while containing Meigs offensively, to come away with a 17-10 win.
“I was really proud to see their level of determination and resolve,” said Coach Mike Eddy about the come-from-behind victory. “To be able to come back from a 10-point deficit, score 17 unanswered points, and have a shutout in the second half – I thought our kids really responded well to an adverse situation, and pushed through.”
Another positive sign was the Chiefs’ ability to stick with the wing T offense and make the needed adjustments to what the Marauders were showing them on defense.
“You know, it took us a little while in the first half,” Eddy recalled. “I think they had a pretty good game plan for us, and we had some trouble finding things that would consistently work for us. That’s one of the positive things about this style of offense; to take away one thing means you’re giving up something else. So it just took us a little while to figure out what was going to be effective for us, to zero in on that, and then just become more consistent with the offense. Fortunately for us, defense and special teams kept us in the game (while we did that).”
The victory improved Logan’s record on the season to 2-5, and gave a little positive bump to the team’s stats for the season.
Coming into the game, the Chiefs had been outscored by 188 to 58 by their six previous opponents. They had gotten 56 first downs – 38 by rushing, 10 by passing, and eight by penalty – compared to 91 by their opponents.
They had run the ball 224 times, gaining 914 yards on the ground. On the passing side, they had completed 22 out of 50 attempts for just 216 yards.
Total yardage numbers for the Chiefs and their opponents in the first six games were 1,130 to 1,949.
The numbers on time of possession – about 161 minutes for Logan and about 127 for their opponents – suggest the Chiefs were achieving one of their aims with their wing T offense, namely controlling the ball on offense and limiting the other teams’ possession time. They just weren’t producing many points.
The game against Meigs showed that Logan is capable of putting together a sustained offensive effort to come from behind against a worthy opponent – something they hadn’t really done up till now.