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November 18, 2009 > Logan escapes Titan-ic upset

Logan escapes Titan-ic upset

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

With just 17 seconds left, James Logan High School avoided what may have been one of the biggest upsets in recent memory as the Colts defeated John F. Kennedy High School 18-12 on Friday, Nov. 13.

Logan celebrated not only senior night on Friday, but also homecoming and the school's 50th anniversary, as alumni throughout the decades showed up at Logan to watch the Colts finish the regular season undefeated in conference for the first time since 2007.

"I just tip my hat to J.F.K.," said Colts Coach George Zuber. "Two years in a row they just played us phenomenal."

The Colts, a week off their Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Championship win over Washington High School, started senior Joe Castro at quarterback on the night, resting regular starter Jon Willis who had an apparent elbow injury.

Willis would takeover in the third drive of the game for the Colts after a nightmarish start for Castro. In his two drives, Castro led the Logan offense to a three and out and threw an interception to Titans defensive back Paco Prodigue.

"I felt right, but it just wasn't my day," Castro said. "Things just didn't work out right."

Castro and Willis combined to complete three passes on 19 attempts for 31 yards, including four interceptions on the night. Willis had the three completions, but also three picks; Castro had just one interception along with going 0-2 passing.

The Colts aimed more to run the ball against the Titans defense, rushing for 186 yards on 38 carries. Senior Victor Johnson led the Colts with 113 yards on 26 carries.

Kennedy held tough against the Colts, racking up 171 total yards on offense while defensively, the Titans forced eight Colts turnovers.

"(If) you want to be the best, you have to go out and beat the best," said Titans Coach Pete Michaletos. "We played hard and we came to play."

Logan struck first in the first quarter off a 31-yard field goal by kicker Gustavo Ulloa to give the Colts a 3-0 lead.

Both teams struggled to get any offense going in the second and third quarters but would light up the scoreboard in the fourth.

Junior quarterback Rudy Artero, who took over for senior quarterback Trevor Damewood, led the Titans to their first score of the game in the fourth quarter after finding Prodigue in the back corner of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass, giving Kennedy a 6-3 lead with 11:45 left.

Down, but not out, the Colts received a huge boost from Castro on the following kickoff as he returned the ball 34 yards to midfield to give the Logan offense good field position.

On the ensuing drive, Mister Simmons powered his way in to give the Colts a 10-6 lead with 7:55 left in regulation. Simmons' touchdown capped an eight-play, 50-yard drive which was sparked by a big 19-yard run by Johnson to get the Colts in the red zone.

On the Colts' next possession, Johnson fumbled at the Titans' 21 and Chris Hoerz returned the fumble 79 yards to put Kennedy back up 12-10 with 3:59 remaining.

Castro would find redemption on the following kickoff as he ran it back 82 yards to swing the lead in Logan's favor, 18-12.

With the ball on Logan's 16, Kennedy was faced with a fourth down, needing seven yards to extend the game. Artero's pass went just over the head of tight end Tino Pousima's, giving Logan the victory.

Logan (7-3, 6-0) will look to fix their mistakes this week as they prepare to host Foothill High School in the first round of the NCS playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

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