Teays Valley Seizes Win Over Logan

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The difference between wins and losses in football are as thin as the hashmarks centered between an opponent’s goal line. Every play signifies an opportunity for a team to strip their opponent’s momentum, silence the venue’s crowd, and add another win to their record.

The game between the Logan Chieftains and Teays Valley Vikings was determined by which team capitalized on these opportunities. To Logan’s detriment, however, they were too often on the receiving end of the Vikings’ big plays, resulting in the Chieftains 35-7 loss at home on Friday.

The Chieftains had no response for Teays Valley’s explosiveness, as they allowed the Vikings to convert on special teams throughout the game. Before the end of the first half, Teays Valley’s Dylan Pennington returned a kickoff for a touchdown, the Vikings’ second of the game to put them up 21-7.

In the second half, Teays Valley began clicking offensively. The Vikings utilized their physicality to run through the nose of Logan’s defense, as running back Eric Yates rushed for 87 yards and scored one touchdown. Their run-heavy offense allowed them to throw down field, as quarterback Brandon Coleman completed two passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Logan struggled to gain offensive momentum throughout the game. The Chieftain’s failed to move the chains and execute on third down, which prevented them from opening plays down the field. Instead, they were forced to pass between tight Teays Valley coverage and punt on 11-consecutive three and outs. The Chieftains accumulated just 128 total yards, 51 of which were passing yards.

With the Chieftain’s second loss of the season, they’re in desperate need of a win to contend in their division. They’ll have another opportunity to defend their home field against Meigs on September 8. Following Teays Valley’s victory, they redeem their loss against Chillicothe to earn its first victory of the season. On September 8, the Vikings will travel to face Canal Winchester, which they anticipate will be a difficult test.