If I told you at the beginning of the season that the game featuring the winners of the past eight SEOAL titles would be going into a game with a combined record of 4-8, you’d look at me like I was crazy. Yet, those are the records of the Jackson Ironmen (3-3) and the Logan Chieftains (1-5) going into their Week 7 game.
Granted, the two teams have absolutely played some tough competition. Jackson fell in a close one to Athens, and Granville is a particularly tough team from Columbus. For Logan, they’ve played an insane schedule featuring Lancaster, Northland, Newark and Jonathan Alder.
However, the non-conference schedules are finished, and the two teams entered conference play last week with a win. Logan topped Portsmouth 34-13, and Jackson took care of Warren 36-26. The playoffs will be tough to make for either team at this point, but the pride of a conference title is more than enough to play for.
The Ironmen will look to contain Logan’s stud running back Cory McCarty, but they’re in for a tough one. McCarty is a back that stays low to the ground, which allows for great balance despite having a smaller frame.
For the Chieftains, it’s going to be about making sophomore QB Derek Rafferty throw the ball. He’s still a bit raw on that end, but is a dynamic athlete, so if the Chiefs allow him outside the pocket, they’re in for a very long night.
Regardless of who takes this game, it’s certainly going to be heated, and could very well be a major determining factor on who gets a leg up in what should be a very competitive conference race.