October 7, 2009 > Colts stampede over Irvington
Colts stampede over Irvington
By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By by Mike Heightchew
For years, James Logan football has dominated the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), and that was, yet again, the case Friday night, Oct. 2, in the Colts 36-6 win over the Irvington Vikings.
"It's a big win for us because we want to make a statement to the league that we're taking it back," said Logan quarterback Jon Willis.
Logan (2-3, 1-0) struggled to a mere 1-3 record in nonconference play to start the season with their only win coming against Fremont High (Oakland) via forfeit. Meanwhile Irvington (1-4, 0-1) has completely struggled since defeating Arroyo in back in week two.
Despite the blowout score, the game didn't start out as if it was to be another Logan MVAL blowout. Willis threw back-to-back interceptions on the Colts first two drives, the second one coming on the Vikings five-yard line as Logan was driving for the first score of the game.
"It was just bad decisions by me," Willis said after the game.
"He made some poor choices and we got frustrated," said Logan Head Coach George Zuber. "But he bounced back and kept his head up."
The Colts fought back after the two opening picks and opened up the scoring of Victor Johnson's 31-yard touchdown run to put Logan up 6-0 after the missed extra point.
"We knew that we could run the ball pretty well on them," Zuber added.
Logan took a 29-0 halftime lead over the Vikings as Logan ran over the Irvington defense for four rushing touchdowns and a field goal in the first half, scoring on the next five drives after Willis' two interceptions. Willis also carved through the Vikings defense for over 100 yards rushing in the first half, including a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
"Usually quarterbacks just throw the ball," said Logan offensive lineman Julian Kamlley. "So with his speed, he can make more plays and open up the offense."
Irvington struggled against the Colts through the first half, going three-and-out on their first five drives, including being stopped on a fourth-and-one. The defense struggled just as bad as the offense, having no answer for Willis and the rest of the Colts ground attack throughout.
"It was all depending on the o-line really just doing their thing and me reading them," Willis added.
Irvington began to fight back in the second half, holding the Colts to just seven points in the entire second half.
"The kids are motivated," said Irvington Head Coach Casey Kester. "We didn't let Logan score 55 on us and we scored. They are playing their hearts out."
Logan will look to go 2-0 in conference play when they host Newark Memorial on Friday, Oct. 9. Irvington will look for their first conference win when they take on Mission San Jose on Friday night.