LOGANSPORT — The Logansport Tigers dominated the Varnado Wildcats, 50-14, in their first hosted quarterfinal matchup since 1997.
The Tigers continued their undefeated season and punched another home game against the defending state champions, Kentwood, in a semifinal matchup next week.
Logansport was led by an air attack in the first half by Dalton Shaw who compiled 151 yards passing in the first half as the Wildcats contained Debell Crawford.
The third quarter was a different story as Crawford was unleashed and compiled 127 of the 198 yards rushing by the Tigers. Shaw passed for three touchdowns and Crawford added two touchdowns and 257 rushing yards as the Tigers piled on the points.
“The emotion got us a little early,” Logansport coach Kevin Magee said. “The big stage and the crowd and things that were going on and we tried to match outside with what was going on the field. When we calmed down and went back to fundamentals and the things we do well. The X’s and O’s took care of themselves. The physicality and playing smart came through.”
Said Crawford, “It very exciting. We came out to execute”.
A strong second quarter performance by the Tigers (13-0) allowed them to take a 22-6 lead into halftime.
The Tigers were sparked by an air attack from Shaw. Logansport’s defense forced three Varnado turnovers in the half. Varnado (9-4) seemed to have control early in the first quarter.
The Wildcats seemed to stop Crawford as he struggled to break free in the first quarter. Varnado started out with a 12-yard run from Travon Stokes to give it an early 6-0 in the first quarter.
Varnado marched down on another drive into the red zone. The momentum swung in the Tigers’ direction as Austin Edgar intercepted in the end zone.
The Tigers marched down the field led by Shaw. The drive ended with a 26-yard touched pass from Shaw to Madrid Johnson.
On the next drive, Demicko Gray recovered a fumble in Wildcat territory. Shaw aired it out down the field and Nankendrick Peterson finished off with a 4-yard run to take the 15-6 lead. Shaw ended the quarter with a 20-yard pass to John Stephens to give Logansport the 22-6 lead at halftime.
Logansport continued its domination in the second half as the Tigers compiled 198 yards in the quarter. Peterson continued the Tigers scoring with a 3-yard run.
Shaw then struck for his third touchdown with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Braylen Wilson.
Varnado tried to come back as James Williams connected with Jadarell Magee for a 67-yard touchdown pass. Crawford finaly got in the end zone with a 29-yard run late in the third quarter. Crawford added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 84-yard run to allow the Tigers to continue their quest for a state title with the 50-14 win.