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Logan High Wins Third Straight MVAL Conference Title

James Logan High and Newark Memorial High collide in a conference game Friday night.

The sound of colliding shoulder pads rattled across the gridiron as James Logan High won its third straight Mission Valley Athletic League title by beating Newark Memorial High 49-9 Friday night.

The Colts (9-0, 5-0 MVAL) got off to another quick start on offense, scoring on their first possession.  

Their offense, led by quarterback Jeffrey Prothro and tailbacks Damond Beasley and Warren Miles Long, executed a balanced attack the first half with a healthy mix of rushing and passing.

Beasley ended the night with 116 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, while Long added another 113 rushing yards for the Colt offense.

Prothro threw for two touchdowns but was under Cougar defensive pressure inside the pocket in the first half.

“We told our (offensive) line, ‘is your guys’ night, you gotta take over,’” he said of the offensive adjustments made at halftime. “And that’s what they did, take us to the promise land: the win.”

Prothro said that Senior Night might have been a distraction, but the team was able to focus and settle down to play their style of football.

The Colt defense, however, didn’t wake up until the second half; allowing the Cougar (4-3-1, 4-2 MVAL) offense to maintain drives and hang around going into halftime with the score at 21-9.

“We knew that we were missing a lot of tackles and getting a lot of penalties, so we needed to play more disciplined,” said Talat Aleem, defensive back for the Colts.

The Cougars rushing attack was able to muster 70 yards in the first two quarters, but was limited to 37 rushing yards after the Logan High defense made adjustments.

It was as if a flip was switched and the Colt defenders went from missing tackles to wrapping up, tossing to the ground and colliding full speed into Newark Memorial players.

The Cougars spent the entire third quarter being chased and harassed by Logan High, who also exploded offensively, scoring 22 unanswered points with the help of Beasley’s three touchdowns.

“We wanted to not make mistakes and we wanted to make them go long field, and we failed on both of those in the second half,” said Rick Swift, Newark Memorial head coach. “Hence, they got a lot of quick, fast touchdowns and we didn’t have anything to answer with.”

Newark Memorial tailback David Flores his offense a spark in the fourth quarter, helping the Cougars maintain a long drive. But the possesession ended on a turnover on downs inside the Colts' five-yard line.

Logan High could repeat their 2007 undefeated season with a win against Washington High School (2-6, 2-2 MVAL) next week. 

“It’s nice to beat a physical team. We need that experience going into the playoffs,” said George Zuber, Logan High head coach.

“It’s good to get that feeling back, that we are gonna play smash mouth football and be successful against the big guys.”

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