Logansport senior quarterback Garrett Barron fought back the tears in the locker room after the 45-14 loss to Hobart in the Class 4A Regional Friday at Logansport Memorial Hospital Stadium.
“They’re a great team,” Barron said. “Hats off to them. They’re just well coached, great players. They wanted it more than us. They played their butts off.”
Barron was paying respects to a Brickie team that was defending regional champs and spent a lot of time in the Logansport backfield.
“A lot of our problem was the Hobart Brickies,” Logansport coach Mike Johnson said. “They’re very physical, very strong and well coached. They had tournament experience and were in the semistate last year. They have 26 seniors and were kind of pointing to this year. They’re a very good group. It was just unfortunate we couldn’t play a little better.”
The big loss couldn’t put a damper on the tournament run that gave the Berries their fourth sectional title in football. It meant a lot to Barron.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to have done it with anybody else,” he said. “From all the freshmen to all the seniors on this team, I love this team with all my heart. I’ll never forget this team.”
Logan (6-7) trailed 24-14 to start the third quarter and forced a Hobart punt. The Berries were unable to move the ball and had to turn the ball back over to the Brickies (10-2).
After another exchange of possession, Hobart took over at its own 45-yard line. Senior quarterback Riley Johnston, who finished with 166 yards rushing, capped the drive with a 13-yard run to put the Brickies up 31-14. It would prove too big of a hill for the Berries to climb.
“They were good, and we knew that,” Johnson said. “We really thought that if things would go right for us, we’d have a chance. But we didn’t execute the way we needed to offensively against a very good defense. They were giving up 8 points a ball game, and we hadn’t seen anybody really run the ball on them. We knew it was going to be a tough task, but we thought we had a pretty good plan. … We made too many errors.”
The Brickies got another offensive touchdown and a defensive score on a fumble recovery for the final count. Hobart advances to next week’s semistate to play Marion, who beat East Noble 28-20.
“To be 1-5, to battle back and to persevere and they learned some great life lessons,” Johnson said. “They’re going to be successful in their next sport seasons, and they’re going to be successful in life. They got a taste of success and what hard work can do. That’s going to carry over, and we hope this is the building blocks of winning tradition in football.”
Senior lineman Liam Kitchel was also proud of the accomplishments.
“I know we came up short, but we battled,” he said. “They were tough, especially number 11 (Bobby Babcock). He’s a player. They were good up front. We just fought. It was a great game, they were just a little bit better. I give it to them, they were a tough team.”
The Berries rushed for 152 yards, but 84 of those yards came on a long touchdown run by Gavin Barron, who was limited for much of the game due to an injury. Garrett Barron had 29 yards passing.
“We gave it our all,” senior running fullback Skylar Trujillo said. “One thing I would take from this season is brotherhood. You’ve got to have brotherhood or nothing is going to work.”
Gavin Barron finished with 95 yards rushing on 8 attempts, while John Scott added 28 yards rushing. Trujillo was held to 21 yards on the ground, but he caught two passes for 28 yards, including a touchdown.
Logansport got on the board first when Gavin Barron took a counter 84 yards to the house to give the Berries a 6-0 lead with 10:23 left in the first quarter.
Hobart answered with a 22-yard field goal by Miki Djankovich on the ensuing drive. It began a string of 24 unanswered points for the Brickies.
“We knew we just had to withhold what they were going to bring at us,” Hobart coach Craig Osika said. “This is a tough team to prepare for with what they run and trying to get your scout team to run it right during the week. It’s tough. It’s a hell of a team. They played hard and came ready to play.”
Zach Vode caught a 10-yard fade pass and Tyler Turley scored on an 11-yard run. After Johnston rumbled 87 yards for a TD, Hobart led 24-6 with 4:00 left in the second quarter.
Logansport put together a solid 7-play drive at the end of the second quarter, finished by a 14-yard TD reception by Trujillo from Garrett Barron and Scott added the conversion run for a 24-14 count at halftime.
“The future is bright for Logansport football,” Johnson said.
“Everyone needs to watch out for this team next year,” Garrett Barron said. “They’re going to be one of the hardest-working teams, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the state finals to be honest with you.”