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In the dwindling SEOAL, with only fives teams remaining, it’s always possible that the conference championship could be on the line in Week 7.
That’s exactly how both the Logan Chieftains and Jackson Ironmen feel coming into this heated matchup Friday night when the Chieftains (3-3, 1-0 SEOAL) travel to Jackson (6-0, 1-0).
Jackson head coach Andy Hall said that although there are still a few more key conference games, whoever wins this game is in the drivers seat for the remainder of the season.
The Chieftains have really been coming into their own of late. After dropping its first two games, Logan has won three of their last four and has been doing so in impressive fashion.
In the three games that the Chieftains have outscored their opponents by 106 points and have been averaging 42 points per-game.
But these Chieftains have yet to face the “iron curtain” that is the Jackson defense.
Jackson has allowed just two touchdowns at home this season and are holding their opponents to just over five points per game overall.
In addition, Jackson has already pitched three shutouts this season. Meanwhile the rest of the SEOAL has just one shutout, which was by Gallia Academy earlier in the season.
Offensively, it is evident that the Ironmen have had no problem lighting up the scoreboard. Behind the leadership of quarterback Hunter Sexton, Jackson has averaged 33 points per game at home this season.
Hall stated that he’s feeling pretty good coming into this matchup, but there is a little room for concern.
“We’ve had a few key injuries [with] Raymon Potter and [running back] Derek Rafferty, and it looks like they’re both going to be out this week as well,” Hall said. “Those are two of our better players on both sides of the ball. This is more of a daunting task facing Logan, but we’ve got to go.”
The Chieftains have a very tough test on their hands this week, but the running game could be the part of their game that they rely on. In Logan’s 40-7 win over Nelsonville-York week four, the Chieftains piled up 220 yards on the ground.
In last year’s matchup, fans saw a very intense game, as Logan came away with the win, defeating Jackson 28-21. However, this year’s the battle will be hosted on Ironmen territory.
In their previous eight meetings, both Jackson and Logan have won four games. However, Jackson has not lost at home to Logan since 2008, when the Chieftains finished a perfect 10-0 in regular season play.
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