By Ryan Lengerich
The House Cowboys had never beaten rival Logan entering Saturday afternoons district showdown — and nothing changed.
The Logan Longhorns overpowered House 64-16 on a blustery afternoon at House. The mercy rule was enacted late in the fourth quarter.
“The couldn’t stop our power offense,” said Logan head coach Billy Burns. “We were subbing four fresh guys on offense and defense.”
House scored a touchdown on the final play of the first half cutting the Logan lead to 30-16 at halftime. House’s leading wide receiver Nathan Foust had two first half touchdowns with quarterback Jordan Jennings passing downwind.
“I was disappointed with the first half,” Burns said. “We may have come out to relaxed.”
The Cowboys recovered the second half kickoff and House head coach Justin Foust said the wind cursed their passing game.
“I called a fade route for Nathan but the ball got away from Jordan and the wind held it up,” said J. Foust.
Logan dominate the second half pouring on 34-points and holding House scoreless. J. Foust said the wind took away his team’s passing advantage and his defense couldn’t stop the Logan power running game and tight sets.
“That is all they did, they just lined up and ran it over us,” said J. Foust. “We didn’t play a very smart game and had a lot of blown assignments.”
With the victory, Logan sets itself up for another district championship. The Longhorns play their final district game Oct. 24 at Roy and a victory means they clinch their second consecutive championship. House defeated Roy earlier in the season.
The Cowboys will meet the N.M. School for the Deaf Thursday in Santa Fe. With a victory House will finish the district season 2-1 and most likely clinch their first playoff birth if school history.
“We still control our own destiny,” J. Foust said. “I feel confident but anytime you play a school like the Deaf school you now they are going to be a disciplined team, but I really don’t feel like their athletes match up with ours.”
J. Foust said he talked to his team for more than an hour after Saturday’s game about improving play. He is hoping everything his team discussed will carry over the next game.
He said his team is still focused on the goal they set before the season began.
“That was our main goal to make the playoffs,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves in the spot we want to be going into the final week of the season.”