Remarkable Title Game for Logan
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Remarkable Title Game for Logan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Charlotte Catholic found out the hard way what happens when North Carolina pledge T.J. Logan remains in the game for all four quarters – he breaks records.

"I didn't think he was going to be that good," Charlotte Catholic head coach Jim Oddo said of the Northern Guilford tailback. "We knew he was going to pop one or two – there's no way you can hold him down for a whole ball game. I expected he'd get off one or two – I didn't expect he'd get off that many. He's an outstanding athlete [with] blinding speed and if you don't get him tied up at the line of scrimmage or close to it, half the time he's going to take it to the house."

Logan's record-breaking performance helped Northern Guilford defeat Charlotte Catholic 64-26 and claim its third consecutive NCHSAA 3AA title on Saturday night at Wake Forest's BB&T Field.

"It feels good, because we've been playing together since the second grade, so just to go out like that was like the icing on the cake," Logan said.

Logan, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back, set the state record for the most rushing yards (510) and touchdowns (eight) in a state championship game. He carried the ball 28 times for an 18.2-yards-per-carry average.

"It feels good, because obviously nobody has done it before," Logan said. "And it helped my team win, so that was excellent."

Logan's touchdown runs weren't of the short variety. He had scoring runs of 46, 27, 80, 85, 19, 14, 82, and 73.

"They were just over-pursuing a little bit, so I just cut it back backside," Logan said. "There was just grass there."

For his accomplishments, Logan was the obvious choice for the game's Most Valuable Player award.

In the week leading up to the game, the contest was dubbed a battle of the state's top running back prospects – Logan and Elijah Hood. Although he paled in comparison to Logan's performance, Hood had a solid night rushing for 152 yards and two scores on 34 carries.

"It was fun [competing with Hood], definitely," Logan said. "But there are like ten other people on the field, so it wasn't [him and I competing each other]."

Logan also started and played most of the game's defensive snaps at safety, where he recorded six tackles (four solo) and intercepted a pass.

Among the game's spectators were UNC assistant coaches Dan Disch, Gunter Brewer, Randy Jordan, and Chris Kapilovic.

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