Soroco overpowers Hayden in the “Logan Zone”
Oak Creek — The second half of a football game isn’t a time period crying out for a nickname, unless Soroco High School running back Jace Logan’s around, anyway.
Logan, the Soroco sophomore, did Friday what he’s done all season: turn a powerful first half into a dominant second half. This time, he reigned over the final two quarters — the Logan Zone, if you will — to the tune of 182 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
It was enough to overwhelm visiting cross-county rival Hayden and, with a 56-28 victory, potentially power the Rams into the Colorado 8-man playoffs.
“The second half, that’s when I’m just getting my legs,” Logan said.
The Rams, 6-3, will now have to wait for a phone call to see if they made the cut for the 16-team playoff. They were ranked No. 15 by the state’s RPI ranking system before Friday, but their fate is in the hands of a committee, which meets Sunday to assign the playoff slots.
Soroco did all it could Friday to prove it belonged, surviving a furious passing attack from Hayden.
That passing kept things close early, when Hayden junior Garrett St. Clair found senior Tyler Boyer on a screen pass for 48-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
That, with a successful two-point conversion, made the score 8-8 in the first quarter.
The screen pass was a key.
“They were coming hard, so we kept throwing it over their heads,” Boyer said.
St. Clair finished the night with 248 yards through the air, and it wasn’t all short passes, either. He connected with Alan Aguirre for two long bombs, getting touchdowns of 66 and 47 yards, both in the second half.
St. Clair also ran in for another in the second half.
“We left it all out on the field,” Boyer said. “It was one of our better games. We all played really hard.”
It wasn’t enough to hang with Soroco, however, which played with its offense fully in tune Friday.
Logan, who entered the night just 12 yards short of the overall all-class state rushing lead, finished with 272 yards rushing and another 67 receiving. He had five touchdowns.
Quarterback Isaac Jonas was sharp, as well, rushing for 253 yards and scoring two touchdowns on the ground. He added one more through the air, finding Sarvis Anarella.
“Isaac throws the ball well all the time,” Anarella said. “He’s really underrated. Honestly, if it’s not caught, it’s my fault.”
“We were just happy to come out and get a good win today,” he said.
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