The Logan High School Football team relied on its running game to frustrate the Tatum Coyotes Saturday at Logan. The final score was 52-32. Tatum did not score their points until the second half.
Logan’s Head Coach Billy Burns said that 32 points scored on his team in the second half was not worrisome.
“We had our second stringers in the game during the second half,” said Burns. “We like to play everybody on the team.” Burns’ squad used a “shotgun spread” formation throughout the first half which stymied the Coyote defenders. In the shotgun spread, the center hikes the ball to running back Wesley James who then pitches back to quarterback Drew Perez. Under 6-man rules Perez then had the option of passing, pitching or running.
Tatum defenders often could not tell what Perez was going to do with the ball. Longhorn running backs J.D. Estrada, Josh Franco and Wesley James each had numerous big gains in the first half as Logan went up 38-0.
Coach Burns said the big gains on the ground were due to team blocking. “We like to play power football. If we get good blocking, we get good yardage,” said Burns.
Logan drove the ball downfield consistently throughout the first half. Estrada scored the first touchdown on a 2-yard run after a long drive. John Maestas caught a touchdown pass from Perez for the second score.
Wesley James broke the Coyotes’ spirit with a 30-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Meanwhile Marshall Graham was connecting on his extra point kicks which are worth two points each in 6-man football.
Graham also caught a touchdown pass to put the Longhorns up 30-0. James added another touchdown before the half. The Longhorns are now 3-0 and will visit No. 1-ranked Melrose this Friday. “I think we are making great strides,” said Burns. “We are confident.”