Photo by Kelly Phillips
Junior Chandler Silvey led the Cougars in receiving on Friday with 81 yards and a touchdown. Logan County won 54-18.
Photo by Kelly Phillips Junior Chandler Silvey led the Cougars in receiving on Friday with 81 yards and a touchdown. Logan County won 54-18.
Eight years ago, the Cougars traveled to Hopkins County for a playoff game. Nobody knew at the time that the 24-21 win over the Hopkins County Central Storm would be the last playoff win for quite some time. Logan County was beaten the following week by Allen County-Scottsville, 41-33.

The seven seasons in between that last playoff win and the amazing 2017 season were dark and disappointing. The Cougars played with heart and hope through the 42-game losing streak and playoff win drought. Everyone in the land of Logan knows that the mighty streak was broken on October 28th, 2016 with a win over Todd County Central. They have not lost since.

The Cougars, now (11-0) on the season, hosted Warren Central on Friday. The game was the first playoff game ever hosted at Logan County High School. The crowd showed up and was not let down.

The Dragons looked sharp to open the game. After intercepting a pass on the Cougars’ first drive, Central went up 6-0 early. The two-point conversion failed. Logan County answered back with a touchdown and point after kick to jump ahead 7-6. The Dragons scored once more, this time on a pass play. The brief 12-7 lead would be the last glimmer of hope for the visitors.

Logan County got hot. The score at halftime was 48-12 in favor of the Cougars. Coach Todd Adler brought the subs in to finish the game, while earning a running clock. The final was 54-18.

Tyler Ezell threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Chandler Silvey caught one of those bombs and totaled 81 yards on the evening. Dontavius Blann also crossed the goal line after catching an Ezell pass.

Gary Hardy collected 83 yards on the ground with a score. The Sophomore is now up to 1181 rushing yards in 2017. Maurice Gordon ran for 53 yards and a touchdown. Carson Bradley totaled 50 yards. Tyler Ezell ran the ball four times and got two touchdowns. Ezell has rushed for ten scores on the season. Third Bell returned to action on Friday after missing a large portion of the season due to injury. Bell ran for a touchdown and collected 34 total yards on the ground.

Up next for the Cougars will be the second round of the playoffs against a familiar team. They will host the Hopkinsville Tigers (5-6) on Friday. The last meeting between the two teams ended with a dramatic last-second win by the Cougars on October 5th.