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November 13, 2012 > James Logan tramples Irvington in first round of NCS

James Logan tramples Irvington in first round of NCS

By Nick Zambrano, Photo by Mike Heightchew

Last Friday night [November 9], it took all of just one play for the James Logan Colts football team to set the mood of their North Coast Section Division I match-up with the Irvington Vikings.

On the first play from scrimmage, Logan star running back Warren Miles Long busted through for a 67-yard touchdown scamper. From there on out, the floodgates would continue to open on the Vikings and the end result was a one-sided 56-8 win in favor of the Colts.

"We're always glad when we score on our first drive, it's definitely a big bonus and breaks the ice, so to speak," said Logan head coach George Zuber. "To be able to do it on the first play was exciting."

And the excitement would continue as Logan scored on each of their possessions in the remainder of the first quarter.

On the Colts' second go-around with the ball, quarterback Jeffrey Prothro connected on 31-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amalani Fukofuka. It would be the first of four touchdown hook-ups between the senior tandem. Prothro finished the contest going 6-8 with 178 yards passing, while Fukofuka racked up 176 yards of Prothro's 178 through the air.

After a second Prothro-Fukofuka touchdown, the rest of the first half became the Warren Miles Long show.

Opening the second quarter the same way he opened up the first, Long busted another long touchdown. This one was for 60 yards and gave the Colts a commanding 28-0 lead.

Long and the rest of the Logan offense continued to have its way with the Irvington defense for the duration of the half. After Prothro and Fukofuka's third touchdown connection, Long made it 49-0 in favor of the Colts with two more touchdowns on runs of two and three yards.

And that score carried its way to the end of the first half.

"We said 'run like your life depending on it' and he did, he really took it to heart," Zuber said of Long's performance. On a mere 10 carries, Long finished the night with 211 yards and four touchdowns.

Desperate to prevent a shutout, Irvington vigorously marched down the field on their final possession. With the ball on the Logan two-yard line, lineman Mahmoud Eldesouky became the unsung hero when he trucked his way in for the score. A two-point conversion would bring the score to its final standing.

The touchdown provided a moral victory for the Vikings. With Eldesouky's score, Irvington snapped a three-season long drought in which they could not muster a single point against the Colts. The last time the Vikings scored against Logan was in 2009, a 36-6 loss.

Moving forward, the Colts will play host to the Freedom High Falcons of the Bay Valley Athletic League in the second round of the NCS championship tournament.

The Falcons come in to this match-up having toppled Berkeley High, 63-7. The Logan defense, which has allowed just eight points per game, will have their hands full as they try to stop a Freedom offense that has averaged 36.8 points this season.

Kick off is set for Friday, Nov. 16 under the lights of James Logan's Judson E. Taylor Stadium at 7 p.m.

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