The Longhorns lost their second straight game in heartbreaking fashion Friday night in front of their home crowd.
Logan (2-3) fell short 35-34 in overtime to Melrose (3-1), the second ranked 6-man team in the state according to the coaches poll.
“We just played really well and made a couple of mistakes that they capitalized on and that made the difference in the game,” said head coach Billy Burns. “Anytime you play the number two team that close, you did something right.”
The game went back and forth with Melrose leading 14-12 at the half. The difference in the score was never more than a touchdown.
The game went into overtime tied at 28 when Melrose won the coin toss and elected to go second. According to six-man overtime rules, the two teams alternate possession from the 15-yard line.
On Logan’s first overtime play, sophomore quarterback Drew Perez hit sophomore center Chris Martinez in the endzone on a play-action pass.
“We hadn’t run that all night,” Burns said. “It was perfect.”
The Longhorns elected to kick the two point field goal and had it blocked.
Melrose responded with a touchdown on fourth down and elected to go for the one point conversion. Logan stopped them near the goal line but it wasn’t enough and Melrose took the victory.
“This is probably one of the games that we will talk about several times throughout the year,” Burns said. “It will be something that will make us a better team.”
Logan starts four sophomores and only carries two seniors. Burns said he thinks his young players will learn from this game, though the team took the loss hard.
“It was a tough loss for them, and it was a pretty quiet locker room afteword,” he said. “I keep reminding myself this is a young team.”
The Longhorn varsity team meets Clovis Christian Friday in Logan.