By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
LOGAN — The Logan Longhorns are on the doorstep of a district championship.
The Longhorns won big with an 84-0 homecoming victory Friday night against the Floyd Broncos.
“Floyd played hard,” Logan Coach Billy Burns said. “They got here to Logan missing two key players, one by surgery and one just didn’t want to come down and play. We will play next in Melrose for the district title.”
Clovis Christian, which lost to Logan 84-40 earlier this season, helped Logan’s district title hopes with a 58-28 win against Melrose Friday.
Logan, 2-0 in district, would claim the district title outright with a win at Melrose, but could even take the title with a loss.
If Logan loses to Melrose Friday (7:30 p.m. start) and Clovis Christian defeats Floyd, the three teams will be in a three-way tie with 2-1 district marks. Under state rules, the point differentials from each head-to-head games are added, with differentials capped at 13 to dissuade teams from running up scores.
Logan is currently at plus-13 with its win against Clovis Christian, and the Eagles are at 0 with its win against Melrose and loss to the Longhorns. Melrose is at minus-13.
The following scenarios are possible:
• If Clovis Christian defeats Floyd, Logan would claim the district title with either a win or a loss by 12 points or less.
• If Floyd beats Clovis Christian and Melrose beats Logan, the Buffalos would win the district title based on a head-to-head win over the Longhorns.
• If Melrose defeats Logan by 13 or more and Clovis Christian defeats Floyd, the teams would be even on point differentials and would decide the district title by records against common opponents.
The Longhorns controlled the pace of the game throughout, with senior Michael Vest rushing for three touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Colton Kulback. Kulback threw for 2 touchdowns, rushed for two and had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“We ran a 26-sweep run play,” Vest said of one of his scores. “I saw every one shift to the right so I cut back to the left and kept running for the touchdown.”
Kulback also threw a interception, but tackled the runner on the return, forced a fumble and recovered it.
“I underthrew the receiver,” Kulback said. “When I saw the interception, I ran downfield to make the tackle. I didn’t want them to score.”