Howard Tsunamura, The Province November 30, 2011. 11:48 pm
ABBOTSFORD — The last time Devin Logan lined up to face Victoria’s Mt. Douglas Rams, he rushed for four touchdowns, including the final two of the game, leading his W.J,. Mouat Hawks to a 53-47 win in the highest scoring game of the 2011 season.
Come Saturday, neither team is expecting quite the same display of offensive fireworks when they clash in the Subway Bowl B.C. Triple A final, but if you ask the Rams what most concerns them about the Hawks, it is the balance the Abbotsford school brings to its offence, balance exemplified by not only on Logan’s ability to tire opposition defences and the sideline chain-gang crews with his blistering runs, but by his ability to impact the game in so many different facets.
“He is a natural running back with very quick feet,” sums Mouat head coach Denis Kelly of his 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior. “But he’s hard to deal with because he’s also a very good pass receiver, and he’s very good on kick-off and punt returns.”
In helping the Hawks reach the Subway Bowl final for the third time in the past four seasons, Logan has played a vital role in making Mouat a true run-pass threat, in concert with athletic, able-armed quarterback Daniel Markin and big-play receiver Deion Bain.
On the season, Logan — who on Tuesday was named to the Subway Bowl first all-star team at running back — rushed for 1,129 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he also totalled another 743 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver, and as a punt and kick-off return ace. That’s 1,872 all-purpose yards to go along with 20 touchdowns in 11 games.
Kelly notes that his feature back gets as amped up and high strung in the moments before kick-off as any player he’s been around.
“But the thing about him is that he is very relaxed in competition,” continues Kelly. “He just sees the field, he doesn’t get over anxious and he knows the play will come where he will burst through and make a big run.”
Quick feet, to be sure, but there is something absolutely smooth and confident about Logan’s stride once he gets past that first wave of tacklers. It’s a body language that is full of confidence and the belief that he won’t be caught.
It’s an all-you-can-eat day of gridiron excitement Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium as Subway Bowl 2011 concludes with five provincial championship games. Webcasts available at Sportscanada.tv
8:30 a.m. — Lord Tweedsmuir vs. St. Thomas More
Junior Varsity Double A
10 a.m. — Mission vs. John Barsby
Junior Varsity Triple A
12:30 p.m. — Mt. Douglas vs. St. Thomas More
Senior Varsity Double A
3 p.m. — Mission vs. John Barsby
Senior Varsity Triple A
7 p.m. — W.J. Mouat vs. Mt. Douglas*
*(LIVE on TEAM 1410 AM, 8:30 p.m. tape delay, Rogers Sportsnet 1)