Friday night was not a good night for any sort of outdoors activity. But, the Logan County Cougars had an appointment with the Todd County Central Rebels for a shot at perfection; rain or shine.

There was plenty of rain, but after the game the Cougars got to shine when Athletic Director Greg Howard presented the Class 4A District 1 championship trophy to the team. It was 42 degrees with a steady rain at kickoff. That did not stop Logan County from beating the Rebels 34-6 to complete a perfect regular season at 10-0.

It was clear early in the game that the rain would be a factor for both teams. The Rebels do not pass the ball much, but the Cougars lost most of the ability to air it out because of the conditions. Both teams struggled early on, but Logan County’s Gary Hardy found the end zone for the first score of the game. Hardy would end up with two touchdowns and 79 yards on the ground.

Sophomore Carson Bradley was second to Hardy with 45 yards and a score. Tyler Ezell ran the ball 11 times for 40 yards in the win. Seniors Joseph Peterson and Curtis Shelton each got their first rushing touchdowns on the year in the 4th quarter.

The passing game suffered because of the weather. Quarterback Tyler Ezell still threw 8 for 13 with 94 yards. Ezell averages 146 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.

Curtis Shelton led the team in receiving on Friday. Shelton had three catches for 50 yards. Tristan Blake snagged two passes for 27 yards. Chandler Silvey caught one throw for a 13 yard gain.

Coach Todd Adler explained how the weather played into the game against the Rebels.

“Weather conditions didn’t change our game plan that much. We want to run the football, so it kind of helped me calling plays. Just made us focus on taking care of the ball in the wet conditions.”

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Ezell shared his thoughts on trying to execute plays in the cold rain.

“It slowed the game down and made it a lot tougher on me,” he said. It made it extremely hard to throw the ball, which I love to do, but we all got into the flow of how the game would be. The offensive line did their job which made running a lot easier.”

The Cougar defense once again did a fantastic job as well. Caden McKinnis led the charge with ten tackles. Nate Woodall, Zach Yates, and Joseph Peterson each had nine tackles in the mud. Harrison Wilson, Curtis Shelton, and Alex Brown recorded eight a piece. The defense did not allow a single passing yard in the game. They held the Rebels to only 116 rushing yards with one long touchdown being the only points of the night for Todd County.

Coach Adler had high praise or his players and coaching staff after going undefeated in the regular season.

“I’m still amazed at this team and this season. I’m so proud of our kids for buying into what we want to do here. I have unbelievable coaches who work really hard to help put us in positions to be successful. A lot of people said we couldn’t win because I was a middle school coach and I hired a lot of the same coaches that coached during the long losing streak. Just goes to show you, that if you buy in to something and work your butt off good things can happen. We (coaches) have made special bonds with these players and when you have a whole team (coaches and players) bought into the same mission ... The sky is the limit!”

Adler said he never even thought about going undefeated when he took the job.

“I just dreamed of turning it around and being competitive week in and week out. I knew we had the coaches and the players to do that but honestly didn’t think it would happen this fast. We just have to continue to improve, recruit the hallways, and build this program. When I came in, I told the kids Rome wasn’t built overnight. We knew it would take time, and we have made great strides as a program. We are still not were we want to be as a program, but very happy with were we are during year two of this transition.”

Up next for the Cougars will be a playoff game against Warren Central (0-10) at Logan County High School. The game will be the first ever playoff game hosted on the home field of the Cougars. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.