DETROIT – It was all kind of a blur to Logan Hengesbach.
The Pewamo-Westphalia senior couldn’t quite explain the big plays he made on the turf at Ford Field on Saturday morning.
But he was thrilled to have a part in the historic moment for the No. 2-ranked Pirates, who captured their first state championship with a 28-14 win over Detroit Loyola in the Division 7 final.
“Once the clock hit zero, then I started to kind of cry because this is what everybody has been waiting for,” Hengesbach said. “It just feels good to finally get it, especially for the town. The whole town has been wanting this for a long time, so it feels good to bring it back.”
It also felt good for Hengesbach to be on the field contributing after missing some time this season with a right leg contusion and a hip injury.
Hengesbach stepped up Saturday with two catches for 51 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He made a leaping grab over a Loyola defender for his second touchdown – a 37-yard score. Hengesbach made another leaping grab for an interception.
“All I remember is he threw it,” Hengesbach said. “It somehow ended in my hands.”
With the injuries that lingered at times during the regular season, Hengesbach was satisfied with the positive ending. And P-W players were happy Hengesbach was able to work through those to contribute on the field in title game.
“This was nice for him,” P-W junior Jimmy Lehman, who threw both TD passes to Hengesbach. “He was always kind of down and just sad he couldn’t play. Once he was back, he was ready to go. It was nice to get him some touchdowns.”
Hengebach returned to the lineup full time during the second week of the playoffs, when P-W began navigating past the other four teams ranked in the top-five of the final Division 7 Associated Press state poll. And he was among the many to step up and help P-W complete the run with a championship.
“I’m so proud of Logan,” P-W coach Jeremy Miller said. “He battled back through a couple of injuries. We always knew that when we got him back that we were going to get a tremendous athlete. We sure did. He came back at the right time for us and for this playoff run. He just did a great job.”