By Ryan Lengerich
The Logan Longhorn football team has only two seniors after graduating five players from last season’s district championship squad.
Senior running back and defensive end Kurt Burns is in his fifth year with the team since joining as an eighth grader. The other senior, Brett Sanders is in his third year since transferring as a sophomore.
Head coach Billy Burns started the football program five years ago. Last year his team went unbeaten in district play before losing in the first round of the playoffs to eventual state runner-up Lake Arthur High School. Despite having a young team that will start sophomores at quarterback, center, offensive end and running back, Burns does not see it as a rebuilding season.
“We are going to try to do the best we can with what we got,” he said. “We are not trying to hold back, we want to win now.”
Other than his team Burns expects Roy High School to be solid. He said the district has no clear favorite.
“We won last year, and we think we have a good chance if we keep everyone healthy and do everything we can to stay in shape,” he said.
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Cowboys first year head coach Justin Foust sat down individually with his four seniors prior to this season’s first practices to discuss their goals.
Each senior said they wanted one thing — to be remembered as the seniors who led their team to the first playoff in school history.
House has only nine players on this year’s roster including the four seniors, four juniors and a sophomore. Despite his team being senior heavy, Foust said in terms of experience House is still a young team.
“The nine I have are really good kids and working really hard for the past couple weeks,” Foust said. “We have four real good seniors and we are basically going to go as they go.”
At the college level Foust played one fall season at Citrus College in Los Angeles and a spring season at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
The transition from playing 11 man football to coaching six-man has required research. Foust spent last season and this season scouting games and scrimmages. He has also put in calls to coaches throughout the state looking for strategies and ideas.
Despite the offensive explosions six-man football is known for, Foust said defense is going to be the key to reaching the playoffs. While Logan head coach Billy Burns said he expects a wide open district, Foust is not so sure.
“For them to say that is an honor to our kids,” Foust said. “But we know everyone is gunning for Logan.”
(home games in ALL CAPS)
Aug. 30 at Magdalena 4 p.m.
SEPT. 6 VS. FOLLET 1 P.M.
Sept. 11 at NMSD 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Tatum 7:30 p.m.
SEPT. 20 VS. SAN JON 7 P.M.
SEPT. 26 VS. MELROSE 7 P.M.
Sept. 27 at Faith Temple 1 p.m.
OCT. 3 VS. CLOVIS CHRISTIAN 7 P.M.
OCT. 4 VS. EVANGEL CHRISTIAN 1 P.M.
OCT. 9 VS. FLOYD 5:30 P.M.
Oct. 11 at House 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Mountainair 2 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Roy 7 p.m.
OCT. 25 VS. GATEWAY CHRISTIAN 1 P.M.
(Home games in ALL CAPS)
SEPT. 12 VS. RESERVE 2 P.M.
SEPT. 20 VS. VAUGHN 1 P.M.
Sept. 26 at Roy 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Hondo 1:30 p.m.
OCT. 11 VS. LOGAN 1 P.M.
Oct. 16 at NM School for the Deaf 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 at San Jon 1 p.m.