Athens Makes Rivalry History Over Logan

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Over 20 years have passed since Athens defeated Logan on the football field. During that span, the Chieftains have won the last 14 meetings and 18 of the last 19. No Bulldog on the field tonight had been born the last time Athens beat Logan.

And yet, all streaks are meant to be broken.

Behind a stellar performance from the Bulldogs’ defense, Athens (5-1, 2-0 Tri-Valley Conference-Ohio) defeated Logan (1-5) for the first time since 1995, 21-3.

It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to take a lead. After taking a sack on Athens’ first play from scrimmage, junior quarterback Clay Davis bounced back nicely, finding Treyce Albin over the middle for a 71-yard touchdown just 41 seconds into the game.

That was all the offense the first half had to offer however as neither team was able to put any more points on the board. The Bulldogs had opportunities to extend their lead, but turned the ball over on downs three times in the remainder of the half, including once at the Logan one-yard line.

Logan’s offense was only able to muster 87 total yards in the first half and only picked up two first downs.

Logan tacked on an Israel Bookman field goal in the third quarter to cut the Bulldog lead to 7-3. The Chieftains forced a fumble on the ensuing Athens possession, but were unable to capitalize and the third quarter ended with the Bulldogs holding a 7-3 lead.

The Bulldogs finally pulled away in the fourth when Robert Dickelman made Logan defenders miss on the way to a 38-yard touchdown catch, Davis’ second touchdown toss of the night.

Davis threw his third touchdown of the night with 2:34 left in the game to pad the Bulldogs’ lead. Albin was the recipient of the 29-yard score that gave Athens a 21-3 lead.

The Bulldogs dominated Logan everywhere except the scoreboard. Athens outgained the Chieftains 478-125 in the game and held Logan to just 48 yards of offense in the second half.

Davis paced the Athens offense, finishing 21 of 35 for 325 yards and three scores. Albin was his main target on the night, hauling in 10 passes for 191 yards and two scores. Evan Adams led the Bulldog rushing attack with 78 yards on 20 carries.

Next week, the Bulldogs will continue their TVC-Ohio schedule when they host Meigs while Logan will travel to Minford looking for its second win of the season.