Chieftains Look for Revenge

By
Graham Fugazzi

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Updated Wed, Sep 14, 2011 3:02 pm
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It’s the "Game of the Week." It’s a SEOAL conference matchup. It’s Jackson facing off against Logan. Need we say more? Logan’s 34-game league win streak was snapped by the Jackson in the SEOAL conference opener last season. This time around will it be sweet revenge for the Chieftains, or will the Ironmen continue their success in the SEOAL?

Looking at records, this game seems extremely lopsided. The Jackson Ironmen come into Friday’s game with a record of 3-0 while the Logan Chieftains enter the game with a completely different outcome, 0-3. The Chieftains slow start can be attributed to three brutally difficult opponents. Logan’s first three losses came against three Division-I teams (Lancaster, Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg) whose combined record of opponents this season is 7-2. And although their point differential in these three games is -74, the purple and white have a lot to play for considering the circumstances of last years contest between the two schools.

The Ironmen are 3-0 going into Fridays contest, yet their three wins have come against teams that are not Division-I schools. With wins against Wellston, Waverly and Vinton County, whose combined record of opponents this season is 2-7, Jackson looks to take advantage of Logan with their high powered offense. In the Ironmen’s first three games, they have compiled a point differential of +126. Jackson looks to keep their winning streak alive and put a notch in the win column in SEOAL play. 

Both sides have a very important aspect of their game, or should I say personnel, in common. Both teams have athletes converted to quarterbacks to lead their offenses. Jackson quarterback, Austin Osbourne, a transfer from Wellston, will try and lead his team to victory in Logan Chieftain Stadium. But he’ll need to be composed, and ready to fight against a Logan defense that although looks bad on paper, is much under-appreciated. 

Meanwhile, Logan quarterback, Kelly Long will try and rally his team around their slow start this season, and meaningful loss last season against Jackson. But it won’t come easy against a Jackson defense that hasn’t given up a single point this season. 

It will be a tough battle for both sides under lights this Friday night at Logan Chieftains Stadium. With bi-polar records, bitterness of a snapped streak, and SEOAL implications, the scene is set for a fight between the Ironmen and Chieftains. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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