By Ryan Lengerich
For the Longhorns, trying to forget Friday’s one point loss to Melrose would be the easy thing to do.
Head coach Billy Burns won’t let that happen.
“We talked about the fact that the game was ours and we lost it,” Burns said. “We could have won but we kind of gave it away.”
Logan (2-3) moves on to meet Clovis Christian (2-2) 7 p.m. Friday at home.
“They try to beat you up,” Burns said. “We’re going to try to out quick them.”
The three games Logan has lost have been to the first and second ranked teams in New Mexico and to Follet, a top-10 team in Texas. Assistant coach Nick Knippa spends much of the time blowing the whistle and motivating the young Longhorn team during practice. He noticed the beating his players have taken over the past weeks.
“They are a little tired but they want to work hard and they want to win,” Knippa said. “They know they can compete so they’re wanting to go after some people now.”
Youth has plagued Logan all year. They are starting only two seniors along side four sophomores including quarterback Drew Parez. Burns will not call this a rebuilding year and is encouraged by the progression of his players and crucial district games approach. The showdown with House is less than two weeks away.
“They are all ready to get better, they want to get better,” Burns said.
Parez made a sloppy pitch to his running back against Melrose, he said he needs to improve on the “little things,” including limiting the penalties. He did see some positives in the Melrose loss.
“I think we proved to everybody that we can hang with the top teams in the state,” Parez said.
The young quarterback said their speed is only part of a balanced offense.
“We can line up on the ball and we’re good enough to run over people,” Parez said. “But yet we can still spread the ball and run some sweeps.”