A spirited Logan-Magnolia defensive effort and “flat” first half effort by East Mills spelled doom for the Wolverines in Class 1A, District 8 football Friday.
Logan-Magnolia shut out East Mills while limiting them to a season-low 142 total yards in a 16-0 victory. The shut out is the first loss ever for the Wolverines where they failed to score.
“Logan did a fantastic job game planning for us and executing,” East Mills coach Andy Irwin said of the Panthers. “They didn’t like losing last week and they came out fired up and ready to play. We came out flat and I don’t think we were prepared for how fired up they were. I feel like we’re evenly matched but they made the plays we didn’t.”
Neither team could muster much offense in the first quarter.
Logan-Magnolia finally got on the board midway through the second quarter when Brady Charbonneau scored a 2-yard plunge. After the two-point conversion, the Panthers led 8-0.
“They do a good job running the option. The speed they run it at is hard to simulate in practice but I still felt like we handled it fairly well,” Irwin said.
The Wolverine offense had little luck throwing or running the ball. With starting quarterback Logan Currin out of action with a shoulder injury, senior Jacob Schafer made his first start under center since eighth grade. Irwin thought Schafer played very well for his first career varsity start. Schafer finished 6-of-12 passing for 62 yards.
“He’s a smart kid and he did a good job running the offense and filling in,” Irwin said.
The score would remain 8-0 late into the third quarter.
East Mills had its opportunities. A surefire touchdown pass was dropped in the third quarter and the Wolverines’ were held out of the endzone on a fourth-and-goal at the Panthers 3-yard line in the fourth.
“We get one of those, it’s a tie ball game,” Irwin said.
Logan-Magnolia’s final score came on a bizarre series of tipped balls in the endzone. A pass from Panther quarterback Brett Greenwood was tipped and nearly intercepted by two Wolverine defenders before tight end Dillon Wills hauled in the pass while lying flat on his back in the endzone.
“It was an pretty amazing play. We had two guys with their hands on it and they end up with the touchdown,” Irwin said. “They made the play, we didn’t.”
The loss drops the Wolverines to 4-1 overall but not out of the district race. At 2-1 in District 8, East Mills is in a four-way tie for second place behind 2-1 A-H-S-T.
“We came out flat against Logan. You can’t do that against any team let alone a team like Logan that I think is well coached and a very good team,” Irwin said. “I don’t think I did enough to prepare us for Logan. I don’t think we were prepared. We have to get back to work. From here on we can’t take any game on our schedule, in this tough of a district, for granted. We can get better from this.”
The Wolverines host Underwood (2-2) in a district clash Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.