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Logan on the run: Soroco back among Colorado’s best

Sophomore racking up yards and touchdowns for playoff-bound Rams

Soroco sophomore Jace Logan has been one of the top running backs in the state this fall. A balance of aggressiveness, balance and good, old football instincts have helped him break out and lead the Rams into Friday's playoff game at Sargent.
Joel Reichenberger

By the numbers

Logan's standout stats

134 carries


1,838 yards

13.7 YPC

23 total touchdowns

8-man rankings

Yards

1 Jake Trujillo, Sr., McClave, 2,014

2 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 1,838

3 Adam Zink, So., Caliche, 1,163

Yards per carry (min. 30 carries)

1 Caleb Urwiller, Sr., Dayspring Christian, 20.8

2 Justin Hacsi, Sr., Sargent, 13.9

3 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 13.7

Rushing touchdowns

1 Jake Trujillo, Sr., McClave, 24

2 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 19

3 Trenton Armintrout, Sr., Norwood, 18

— Soroco High School sophomore Jace Logan is an admirer of the modern NFL rather than a devoted fan.

By the numbers

Logan’s standout stats

134 carries


1,838 yards

13.7 YPC

23 total touchdowns

8-man rankings

Yards

1 Jake Trujillo, Sr., McClave, 2,014

2 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 1,838

3 Adam Zink, So., Caliche, 1,163

Yards per carry (min. 30 carries)

1 Caleb Urwiller, Sr., Dayspring Christian, 20.8

2 Justin Hacsi, Sr., Sargent, 13.9

3 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 13.7

Rushing touchdowns

1 Jake Trujillo, Sr., McClave, 24

2 Jace Logan, So., Soroco, 19

3 Trenton Armintrout, Sr., Norwood, 18

Sure, the Rams’ running back watches games when they’re on, but he doesn’t pattern his style on anyone he sees play on Sundays. In fact, he doesn’t pattern himself after anyone he’s ever seen play on a Sunday.

Instead, he looks to classic backs like Eric Dickerson or Terrell Davis, despite the fact that the 16-year old, born in 2000, was alive for only 10 games of Davis’ career and none of his Super Bowl-winning highlights.

“I try to take a little something from every back and combine it all into one,” Logan said. “When I think of speed, I think Eric Dickerson. He could outrun anybody. Terrell Davis, obviously, he could do anything. I try to be like them.”

In a way, taking the time to look two or three decades backward to find his running back idols says a lot about Logan. He’s enjoyed tremendous success this season and, with 1,838 yards, is second in the state, regardless of classification, in rushing. His 23 all-purpose touchdowns rank him third in Colorado’s 8-man division.

He’s got all the stats to justify a bit of chest thumping, but he’s still the kid who will watch 20-year-old game clips to see what he can pick up from a retired star. He’s still the kid who will mention his offensive line half a dozen times before taking any credit for himself.

“They’re the reason I got those yards,” he said Thursday, stepping away from practice.

He’s still a kid the Rams will need to ride heavily if they’re to pull off a major upset Friday, when they travel to play in the first round of the state’s 16-team 8-man football playoffs. Soroco, 6-3 and the No. 15 seed, will play at Sargent, 9-0 and No. 2.

Logan got plenty of carries as a freshman but took over the running back role this season. He immediately started putting up huge stats.

He opened the season with a 324-yard rushing performance against Caliche, racking up that total on only 16 carries. He also topped 300 yards against Sanford and Hayden and turned in more than 150 yards in three more games.

He’s done it with a mix of styles, styles that harken back to those NFL greats.

He’s not huge, weighing in at about 160 pounds, but runs downhill a bit like like Terrell Davis in his Denver Broncos prime. Opponents hit him or grab on, but that’s often not enough for a tackle.

“He’s very good at keeping people off his lower body,” Soroco coach Dick Dudas said. “He can take a tackler on with his shoulder or a forearm, a stiff arm, and keep them off his legs. At most, they can get one leg, but that’s not usually enough.”

His other sporting pursuits may help in those areas. He wrestles and was state runner-up at 145 pounds last year as a freshman. He also rodeos in the spring and summer and placed as high as third in the state this season.

Running the football, he can hit the outside, as well, an area Logan has particularly improved in this year.

“He plays the game so naturally on the sweep,” Dudas said. “If there’s nothing there initially, he’ll gear down a gear, let things develop, and when he sees things, he accelerates into them.”

Not every game has been easy for Logan this season. None was more difficult than a September showdown against Norwood, the No. 5 seed in the playoffs. The Mavericks held him to only 24 yards on six carries.

“They all knew where I was at all times,” Logan said. “They had guys on me every single time.”

There’s every chance Sargent, which beat Norwood 22-20, could similarly lock him down. The key, the Rams said, involves getting Logan the ball in more creative ways, but also extends beyond Logan.

Senior quarterback Isaac Jonas doesn’t get as many carries as Logan, but also racks up big yards rushing. He’s got 904 on 84 carries this season, 11.9 yards per attempt to Logan’s 13.7. He’s also been successful passing at times this season, racking up 11 touchdowns through the air.

Jonas, meanwhile, has been the team’s third rusher, netting 24.1 yards per game.

All those elements will need to be in tune Friday if Soroco is to be competitive.

“We expect more out of our other backs,” Dudas said. “If they’re going to over key on Jace, we have to make them pay for it.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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