by Beau Wicker
Logansport’s football team had a huge night offensively in possibly its last-ever meeting against New Castle.
The Berries put up 532 yards of offense in a 48-17 pummeling of the Trojans on senior night Friday.
The Berries (3-5) got 430 of those yards on the ground, led by senior halfback Marcus Record’s 214 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
“We didn’t play our best against Kokomo. We came out here tonight and we showed everybody what we can do,” Record said. “We’re going to keep going through the week. Richmond’s coming up and we’re going to play hard there and then we’ve got the playoffs and we’re going to play even harder.”
Record said he runs a 4.5 or 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, and the 5-10, 180-pounder showed off that speed with a pair of 80-yard touchdown runs on the night.
Record is one of a number of Berry seniors that have shined in recent weeks.
“We all work hard. We’ve just got to go out and perform, that’s all it is,” Record said. “We work hard in practice and go hard through the week. We’ve just got to perform.”
Junior quarterback Ryan Schrock also rushed for 100 yards and had a pair of early 1-yard TD plunges. He passed for 74 yards and had a 26-yard TD pass to Alex Brink that made it a 28-0 game at halftime.
Senior fullback Austin Gaby added 94 yards on the ground to go with six tackles on defense. He appeared to be bottled up on his 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter but somehow broke free to give the Berries a 35-0 lead.
Sophomore backup quarterback Brady Cripe added a 10-yard TD pass to senior Isaac Eastburn to make it a 48-10 game midway through the fourth quarter. Eastburn finished with 68 yards from scrimmage.
Senior linebacker Michael Leonard finished with a game-high 14 tackles. Sophomore defensive end Kevin Gonzalez added two sacks.
Record said he was happy the squad’s leading rusher Jacob Shelton got on the field on senior night for the victory formation. Shelton has missed the last two games with a leg injury.
“If he can come back it’s going to be a big boost. Hopefully we can get him back for the playoffs,” Record said.
Logansport coach Brad Urban said of his seniors: “I think they’ve stepped up. They could have really tanked it at the start of the year. We got off to a bad start, obviously we were breaking some new people in. It was a little rough. But the seniors stayed with it and they’ve been buying in and they’ve been leading. The kids have picked up their game. I think this is the first game we got everybody in the game and we had three different seniors score on offense and were able to spread the ball around like we’d like to.
“Obviously New Castle is not the best team on our schedule but it was nice to dominate a team you should dominate.”
Spencer Sargent rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to lead the Trojans (0-8), who were without starting quarterback Caleb Smith due to a concussion. Sargent also caught an 86-yard TD pass from Hank Neal. New Castle junior Ryan Jones kicked a 52-yard field goal and just missed on a 49-yarder.