Youngs, Cardinals eye win over Newaygo

Logan Youngs

Logan Youngs has gained a lot of yards in his first three games as a Big Rapids running back this season.

But it might be awhile before Youngs would ever forget the 98-yard touchdown jaunt he had in the opener against Shepherd.

The Cardinals, 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, are at Newaygo on Friday for a critical league contest.

Youngs had 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns and had one reception for 43 yards in last week’s 55-14 whipping of Fremont.

On defense, he had eight tackles and one interception.

He netted 42 rushing yards in a loss to Tri County and caught a pass for 43 yards. He also had five tackles.

Against Shepherd in the opener, he gained 111 yards on two carries. He had four tackles including one for loss.

“I think we’ve improved a lot over last year,” Youngs said. “I didn’t get a whole lot of playing time last year. I think I really improved myself.”

Quarterback Jayden Mason opted not to run the play because of fatigue.

Youngs got the ball and went 98 yards.

“It was a 38 sweep,” he said. “Once I got to the outside, I ran straight out. There were a couple of guys who almost got me. All of our linemen blocked well so I had a wide open hole. It was matter of ‘keep running’ and don’t think of anything else.”

When he has the ball ‘once I get into the open field there’s not many players who can catch me.”

As a linebacker, “I make sure no runs go to the outside,” he said. “I think I’ve improved in that position too.”

Youngs is a slot running back and outside linebacker for the Cardinals in his second varsity team.

“It’s been going really good,’’ he said. “Everyone works well for the team. I think we’ll have a great season.

“Newaygo is 2-1 like us. We’re equal with them. I think it will be a good game.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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