GREENSBORO – TJ Logan almost single-handedly ended Chapel Hill’s football season.
Northern Guilford’s senior star, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound speedster who has committed to North Carolina,
rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead the two-time defending state champion Nighthawks
to a 43-0 victory over Chapel Hill on Friday night in the second round of the Class 3AA state playoffs.
“He can make some plays and he ran good and hard,” Northern Guilford coach Johnny Roscoe said of
Logan. “He was just doing his regular stuff.”
And that was pretty special.
Logan bolted for an 88-yard touchdown on his second carry of the game and had 240 yards and three of
his touchdowns in the first half as the Nighthawks built a 36-0 halftime lead. Logan carried the ball only
once in the second half – scoring from 2 yards out in the third quarter for Northern’s final TD.
“A couple of big plays early on hurt us,” said Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh, whose Tigers finished the
season 9-4. “The first two scores, I thought, that took the wind out of us. If we could have settled down
and gotten into a rhythm, we could have been a little more competitive.”
Northern Guilford (12-0), which won its 28th straight game, turned the ball over on its first possession
when quarterback Austin Coltrane fumbled a snap in the shotgun. But the Tigers had to punt, and Logan
broke the long run on a second-and-14 play from Northern’s 12 yard line.
On the Nighthawks’ next possession, Coltrane hit Cameron Harris on a 17-yard fade route to the left
corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
The Tigers were in a 14-0 hole. An d Northern Guilford’s defense never let them climb out.
Chapel Hill was limited to 64 yards of total offense, with running back Darius Allen finishing with minus-2
yards rushing after totaling more than 1,500 yards on the ground this season.
For Marsh, red-eyed after an emotional postgame talk with his team, it was about more than the score
on the scoreboard.
“The tears are never because of what’s on the scoreboard,” he said. “The tears come from watching a
group of young men develop into men. And that is what the class of 2013 became over their four years
of playing in the program.
“I hate to see them go.”
The tone was set early in the game, with the Nighthawks establishing their dominance by the end of the