by Rick Conrad
For the Pharos-Tribune
Entering Friday’s opening game against Twin Lakes, Logansport football coach Brad Urban wanted his team to get better defensively.
Lost to graduation were several key players from last year’s squad and the defense was an unknown. Against the Indians, Urban got a look at the new edition.
“I thought our defense played great. That’s one thing we wanted to improve on and I think our defense answered the bell,” he said. “Unfortunately, our offense just flat out lacked execution. There was too much push on our line and we were forced to throw more than we wanted and it exposed a weak passing game tonight,” said Urban as the Berries fell on the road 17-7 to the Indians.
“In the second half we got some momentum going but we just couldn’t execute and therefore, we weren’t able to take the lead when it was 10-7. We’ll get back to the drawing board and take a look at personnel and see what we can do to make the offense better.”
Twin Lakes got on the board first in the game late in the opening quarter. Following a Logansport punt the Indians put together an impressive 15-play drive that ended with an Indian field goal from 25 yards out by Ryan Hibets allowing Twin Lakes to take a 3-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out by the Berries the Indians took posession with good field position and started to move the ball. Looking at a fourth down with the ball on the 11, Twin Lakes quarterback Cameron Bennington rolled to his right and found Jared Thayer for the touchdown with 7:29 to go before the half. The PAT by Hibets was good and it was the Indians up 10-0 going into the half.
The Berries’ defense continued to play solid in the third quarter and the offense looked as if they were getting things figured out. Logansport put together a short drive that ended when Jacob Shelton punched it in from 5 yards out for the touchdown. The point after by Orlando Casimiro was good and just like that the Berries were back in the game as Twin Lakes’ lead was just 10-7 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter the Logansport defense continued to battle but the offense had lost all momentum. Following a Ryan Schrock interception it took the Indians just three plays on a short field for Avery Randle to take it in from 1 yard out to put the game out of reach for the Berries, as the Indians went on for the 17-7 win.
“All we wanted to do tonight was to be better than we were last year. We all made improvements,” Logan defensive end Tyler Prentice said. “The seniors have worked hard and we all feed off them. Once our offense comes around and our defense keeps improving we’ll be there. We’ll win some games.”
For the game the Berries defense gave up just 206 yards to the Twin Lakes offense.