ATHENS — A fourth-quarter touchdown broke a 6-6 tie and powered the Logan seventh-grade football team to a 14-6 victory over host Athens on Tuesday night.
It was the second-straight win for the seventh-graders (3-3) who host Vinton County in their next-to-last game of the season on Monday.
“Athens had done its homework and knew who our playmakers were,” said Logan coach Keith Wilson.
It was 6-6 in the first quarter — Austin Weinsziehr rushed for a Logan touchdown — and it stayed that way until the fourth quarter, when Noah Markin recovered an Athens fumble to set the offense up with a short field.
Two plays later, “coach (Jerry) Lackey pulled one from his hat,” Wilson said, as Weinsziehr tossed a perfect 15-yard pass to a wide-open Jacob Kahrig, who scampered in for a TD. Kallen Wilson added a hard-fought, 3-yard run for a successful 2-point conversion.
Athens drove downfield and threatened to score in the final minutes, but “our defense held and we got the ball back around our 10,” Wilson said. “We failed to move the ball and had to punt. Athens again drove and was threatening again when Kaden Morgan had a key interception to seal the victory. It was victory formation from then.”
Weinsziehr had 45 passing yards and rushed for 18 yards for the Chieftains and while Morgan added 23 yards on the ground and 10 yards receiving.