August 28, 2012 > Logan football kicks off preseason with dominant win
Logan football kicks off preseason with dominant win
Submitted By Vishak Menon
Photos By Mike Heightchew
James Logan pushed past their first preseason opponent with a win over Reed High School from Sparks, Nevada on Saturday, August 25. Although the game was still close at halftime, strong performances from quarterback Jeffrey Prothro Jr. and wide receiver/defensive back Karsten Wethington allowed Logan to take over in the second half and finish with a 40-24 victory.
Reed was Logan's first independent league opponent, after having dropped out of MVAL, where they won the last five of six league titles. The Reed Raiders, led by quarterback Mark Nowaczewski, are also coming off a dominant performance last year where they were undefeated in league play. However, in the first few minutes of the game it became clear who was in control.
The Raiders' first offensive play resulted in an interception by Logan running back/linebacker Warren Miles Long, who recently committed to play football for Northwestern University. On Logan's next possession, Long put the first points on the board on a rushing touchdown, moving the Colts into the lead, 7-0. After the first quarter, Logan led Reed 7-6.
In the second quarter, a few strong rushes by running back/outside linebacker Scott Kao set up running back/defensive back Damond Beasley for a touchdown, increasing Logan's lead to 13-6. On the defensive end, some costly penalties against Logan allowed the Raiders to gain yardage and advance yet again, setting up Nowaczewski for another touchdown. This left the score at 13-12 with Logan still in the lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Logan hit the ground running. Wethington returned the kickoff for an amazing 93-yard touchdown. Reed responded with a quarterback sneak for a touchdown to keep the game close at 19-18, but Logan would take over the game after that. Prothro Jr. showed off some of his own running skills with a touchdown run for 38 yards and another near the end of the quarter for 60 yards. In between, an interception from Wethington allowed Prothro Jr. to pass to wide receiver/defensive back Amalani Fukofuka for yet another touchdown which broke the game open.
Devin Gray caught his third touchdown of the game for the Raiders in the fourth quarter, but Logan's high-powered offense proved too strong to overcome. Logan went home with the victory by a final score of 40-24.