La Crosse Logan loses in Level 4 to Monona Grove

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:31:27 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2013 11:27:07 PM CST

Logan's first points came on a Mitch Schreiner to Aric Elmore touchdown on the final play of the first half. The Rangers inability to score prior to that was the difference as Monona Grove won 28-14 in the WIAA Level 4 playoff matchup.

The Rangers recovered two Silver Eagles fumbles in the first quarter. In both cases, Logan got the ball inside the Monona Grove 10-yard line. The Rangers walked away with zero points.

"I think their size actually wore us down," said Logan head coach Casey Knoble. "And their speed on defense was overwhelming early."

Monona Grove received the opening kickoff and wasted little time taking the lead. The Silver Eagles marched down the field on a four play, 58 yard drive while taking a little over one minute off the clock. A Tyler Blang 21-yard touchdown run made it 7-0.

A Blang 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter on fourth down extended the lead to 13-0. Then on the following drive a Brock Offerdahl three-yard touchdown run made the score 21-0.

"They just ran the ball better. They just knew what to do," said Elmore. "We didn't fill the gaps and he (Blang) went loose.That's why they are 12-0, they're a really good team."

Elmore followed up his touchdown catch with a seven-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter pulling Logan within a touchdown, 21-14. However Monona Grove answered back immediately as Toren Young rushed in for a 29-yard score.

Logan finishes the season with the program's longest postseason run and a 10-3 final overall record.

"It's unbelievable, it's unreal," said Schreiner after the game. "From day one nobody really expected us to be here. We're here now and we're happy for that."

"These kids made history this year," added Knoble. "So proud of their effort and they really did leave it all out there on the field today."