Updated Thu, Aug 18, 2011 7:50 pm
After a fourth place finish in the SEOAL in 2010 and the worst Logan football record in over a decade, the Chieftains are ready to move on. For the second year in a row, they have acquired a new defensive coordinator. Long time freshman coach Tim Woodgeard will be taking Pat Walsh’s place after Walsh stepped down after the season. Woodgeard likes the 5-3 defense, so be prepared to see plenty of man coverage from the Chieftains this season, much similar to former head coach Dale Amyx’s style.
Logan graduated starting quarterback Jordan Jurgensmier along with most of their offensive line, including three-year starter Tim King. Despite having to rebuild their line, the Chieftains will be doing plenty of running this year with the return of their starting junior running back Cory McCarty. “We’ve been working with the spread for several years, and I think we have a pretty good handle on that, so you’ll see some spread stuff. But you’ll probably see some more tight ends and fullbacks out there.” said second year head coach Kelly Wolfe pertaining to McCarty’s talent.
Senior Kelly Long will take the reigns at quarterback for the Chieftains. Long also plays defensive back and has a similar playing style to Jurgensmier. He can throw a decent ball, but is more reliant on his athleticism. He will likely be doing just as much running as he will be passing. The Jackson Ironmen seem to be the frontrunner this year in the SEOAL, but the rest of the league looks wide open. I’d project the Chieftains to finish in third in the league, with a playoff birth doubtful. They are still in one of the toughest regions in Division-II and still have rebuilding to do. Logan begins their season August 26th, at Fulton Field to take on rival Lancaster. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.