Two days after Thanksgiving, Logan Jenuwine was sitting in the front row of the stands at Ford Field watching his Romeo football team defeat mammoth Detroit Cass Tech to win the Division 1 state championship.
Jenuwine experienced conflicting feelings that day.
“I wanted so bad to go out for football,” he said. “But I worked in the summer and it was every single day in the summer and I just couldn’t do it.”
On the other hand, Jenuwine almost lost his mind cheering for his Bulldogs, which upset Detroit Cass Tech to win the state title.
That was that day the seed for today’s incredible 6-4 victory over Livonia Stevenson was planted in the minds of the Romeo hockey players.
“I was so excited, everybody was going crazy,” Jenuwine said. “I think it gave us more motivation: ‘Look at our community and look how many people are here. This is what we could do.’ And we did it tonight.”
Yes, they did and nobody did more than Jenuwine, who scored two goals – including the game-winner – and added three assists.
If you were in USA Hockey Arena and if you blinked, you might have missed the few times the left winger left the ice.
Part of the reason he rarely leaves the ice can be traced back to those long days he spent working on a farm in Ray Township, down the street from where he lives.
If you have your pick of summer jobs, working on a farm is not one most people would choose. It entails a lot of long hours under a scoring sun with absolutely no shade in sight.
Jenuwine, who has a 3.87 grade point average and scored an exemplary 28 on the ACT, works on a farm that grows corn, soy beans, wheat and pumpkins.
“Sometimes I’m planting, sometimes fertilizing, sometimes spraying, whatever the boss tells me to do,” he said. “The worst job is hoeing. It’s like a rake and you go all the way down.”
While most teenagers would try to avoid a job like that all costs, Jenuwine wouldn’t trade it for the world.
“I love working on a farm,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll be out there by myself, sometimes I won’t, but it’s just peaceful. I like it.”
And he likes being on the ice … as much as possible.
That can be attributed to the mentality of working on the farm. If you don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
Jenuwine carries that mentality over to hockey and this season he led the state in scoring, netting 46 goals to go with 50 assists.
The final goal of his high school career came with the game tied and 10:21 left in the game. Romeo was on a power play and Jenuwine positioned himself to the right of the goalie and when Logan Ganfield let go a shot, Jenuwine noticed it was going to be just a bit outside so he redirected it past the goalie and into the net.
Before the game, the Romeo players talked about what happened two days after Thanksgiving, when their football team beat talented Cass Tech which featured 20 players, including underclassmen, with Division I offers.
“This team, a lot of those guys were a bigger than all of us,” Jenuwine said. “They were a lot stronger. It was kind of Cass Tech. I think Cass Tech’s offensive line was 600 pounds more than our offensive line.
“We talked about how much bigger they were and stronger, but when it comes down it it’s all heart. It’s heart, its focus, it’s sticking together.”
And it’s going to work day after day, no matter what. Even if you have to do the hoeing.
Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1.