LOGAN — Although over 100 points were scored Saturday in one of the wildest seventh-grade football games you’ll ever see, it was a game-ending defensive play that separated victory from defeat for the host Logan Chieftains.
Logan took a 44-30 halftime lead on visiting Washington Court House and then held on for a 51-50 triumph when Jackson Stimmel made a game-clinching, end-zone interception of WCH’s potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt.
Logan scored a touchdown on its opening possession of the second half and Kallen Wilson kicked what wound up being the game-winning extra point, giving the Chiefs a 51-30 edge at the time.
“On offense we were able to move the ball but had some penalty issues late that stalled our future drives,” said Logan coach Keith Wilson. “Washington Court House was a very heavy-pass team. Basically, they passed their way into the end zone. On two occasions we actually got hands on their passes and their guy was able to still come down with the ball.”
The Blue Lions closed within 51-44 entering their last offensive possession of the contest.
Starting from the Logan 40-yard line, WCH threw over the middle, where a Logan defensive back tipped the ball into the air and a Blue Lion not only caught it but ran it into the end zone to pull within 51-50, setting up a dramatic attempt at a potential game-winning two-point play.
The Lions made another pass over the middle. Stimmel picked it off, much to the delight of the Logan sideline and home crowd.
“The next thing we coaches see is that he didn’t take a knee and is actually running,” coach Wilson said. “Immediately the coaching staff is yelling for him to take a knee. Too late, he’s out and running. Now the staff is yelling for him to just go down. He runs to about the 10-yard line and is forced out of bounds with one second on the clock.”
It was a game-clinching play — the Chiefs took a knee out of victory formation to run out the clock — and a learning experience for the young Chiefs.
“You have to understand,” coach Wilson pointed out, “that a portion of our team has never played football. Being a lifelong soccer player, Stimmel falls into this category. This is one of the big reasons we try to encourage our junior high students to play at this age. We want them to learn these little ins and outs of the game now and not on Fridays under the lights.”
Austin Weinsziehr had a monster game for the Purple & White, throwing two touchdown passes and one 2-point conversion pass for 70 total passing yards, rushing for 167 yards and two more scores, and intercepting two WCH passes and returning them for 50 and 20 yards.
Stimmel had 62 reception yards and a touchdown, ran for 115 yards and a TD, and also picked off two passes, including the game-winning conversion pick.
Kaden Morgan caught a TD pass and 2-point conversion pass and had 11 receiving yards as well as 44 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Chris Gompf had a two-point conversion run, Kallen Wilson had two rushing PATs, his PAT kick, a sack and a fumble recovery, Jack Walsh also recovered a fumble and Jacob Kahrig ran for 19 yards.
With the thrilling victory, the Chiefs take a 1-1 record into a home game against Chillicothe on Wednesday.