November 11, 2009 > Logan wins MVAL title
Logan wins MVAL title
By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo
With just one 79-yard pass play for a touchdown, James Logan High School senior quarterback Jon Willis put the Colts back on top of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) football world in Logan's 28-10 win over Washington High School in Friday night's, Nov. 6, league match at Tak Fudenna Stadium in Fremont.
"It feels really good," Willis said after the game. "I was waiting for this. This is what we came for, and this is what we worked hard for. We deserve this."
Both the Colts (7-3, 5-0) and the Huskies (6-3, 4-1) entered Friday night's game undefeated in league play with both teams' defenses shining bright. Logan's defense allowed a total of 12 points in league play with Washington allowing a mere five points with both teams recording shutouts in their previous two games.
"Feels great," said Logan senior offensive lineman Julian Kamlley. "We all came up together and grew up together, so we had that chemistry this year that we didn't have last year."
However, despite losing by a season high 18 points in league play, Washington did something to Logan that nobody in the MVAL has yet to do. The Huskies held the Colts out of the end zone on their opening drive and kept the Colts offense under 50 points for the first time in three games.
"I think the league is getting better and better," said Colts Coach George Zuber. "It's never a guarantee that we're going to win. We put enough work in to get it done."
The Huskies also forced Willis to throw his first interception in three games in the second quarter. Washington senior quarterback and free safety David Ross picked off an underthrown pass from Willis which was intended for wide receiver Joe Castro on a seam route.
"I didn't see the safety, but I tried to get it to Castro," Willis explained.
Both teams struggled throughout the first half as each teams' defenses held tough throughout. The Colts held Washington to 1-4 on fourth-down conversion attempts in the first half and held the Huskies offense to just 17 yards through the air in the first half.
Willis and the Colts offense were held to just over 100 yards offense and just one touchdown in the first half by the Washington defense, as both teams entered halftime with the Colts up 10-3.
However, the Colts fired right back in the second half, forcing Washington to a three-and-out on their opening drive. Logan would score with 5:12 left in the third quarter off a one-yard touchdown run by Mister Simmons. The touchdown was set up by a 42-yard reception from Willis to Castro with Castro being tripped up by the Washington secondary at the one.
Up 18-10 in the fourth quarter, the Colts sealed the championship away as Willis hit fullback Tony Pole deep down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown, putting Logan up 25-10 with 5:21 left in the game. Willis got the ball just past the outstretched arms of cornerback Deandre Carter and into the hands of Pole for the score.
Logan will look to finish conference play undefeated when they host John F. Kennedy High School on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Logan will be celebrating not only senior night, but will also celebrate the school's 50th anniversary.
The Titans (4-5, 2-3) enter Friday's game losing a heartbreaker, 17-13 to American High School on Saturday, Nov. 7.