By Dan Ramey
Branden Maughmer rushed for 227 yards and scored four TDs as the Cavaliers beat Logan 43-21 Friday night.
Maughmer threw for another 124 yards and found J’Quan Harris on a 17 yard inside screen for a touchdown. Harris found the end zone on a 64 yard kick return.
Chillicothe (3-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on long drives, first for 88 yards ended in a Maughmer 15 yard TD run. Then Maughmer followed with a 5 yard run to complete a 92 yard scoring drive, highlighted by a 62 yard run by the senior QB.
Entering the contest, Logan had been outscored 56-0 in the first period through four weeks and 21-0 in the third quarters. History repeated itself Friday at The O.
Logan finally got on the board on a 15 yard TD pass from Brady Walsh to tight end Sam Hall. Chillicothe responded with a 40 yard run by Maughmer for a 21-7 lead. Preston Yates punched in a 5-yard run to pull the Chieftains within 21-14 by the break.
Logan (1-4) recovered a fumble on the kick to open the second half, but was unable to advance the ball. Chillicothe answered with a 69 yard drive with Harris’ TD reception to double the score.
On the next series, the Cavs blocked a Logan punt. Tyler Cummin picked up the ball and ran laterally across the end zone, but was unable to elude the grasp of the Chillicothe defenders for a safety.
On the free kick, Harris weaved his way through the Chieftains for his second kick return for a score of the 2017 season. It was the fourth kick off returned for a touchdown by a Logan opponent. The TD gave the Cavs a 36-14 lead. Harris ended the night with 184 total yards.
Maughmer finished off the Cavs scoring with a 14 yard scamper with 10:44 remaining in the game.
Yates got a 3 yard TD run for Logan 1:43 before the end of regulation for the 43-21 final.
With the win, the Cavaliers take an 8-7 lead in the series with Logan.
Chillicothe will host Hillsboro (4-1) in the Frontier Athletic League opener for both teams. It’s also Homecoming for the Cavaliers. Hillsboro was a 37-6 winner over Clermont Northeast Friday.
Other FAC schools in action Friday had Jackson (4-1) falling to Wheelersburg , Washington CH (2-3) lost its third straight losing 34-12 to St. Charles, Miami Trace and McClain continue their search for win number-1 as the Panthers (0-5) fell to Zanesville 41-7 and Greenfield (0-5) dropped a 28-7 decision to Troy Christian.
Nest Week’s FAC opening week features Hillsboro at Chillicothe, Jackson at Washington CH and Miami Trace at McClain.