Chestnut Ridge’s Logan Hauck, a 5-foot-10, 147-pound sophomore quarterback, threw the football equivalent of a perfect game Friday night, helping his Lions roll over Philipsburg-Osceola 51-7.
Hauck was a perfect 20-for-20 throwing the ball for 262 yards and five touchdowns in a performance that left both coaches searching for superlatives.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sophomore quarterback play like that,” said P-O coach Mike Soyster. “There were times when we were in the right position but a foot or two is the difference in making the catch or the pass being incomplete and he threaded the needle. He’s a heck of a player. With that offense they use the entire field and when they got guys open he put the ball right on the money.”
Max Shoemaker, the Chestnut Ridge coach, has been a coach for 35 years, 21 as a head coach, and there was nothing in his memory bank to match what Hauck did Friday night.
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“Never that I can recall,” he said when asked if he’d ever witnessed a performance like Hauck’s. “He’s only a sophomore and he’s a student of the game. Coming into this season we knew we would be an option-oriented team and we would have to throw the ball. Tonight Logan put it right on the money and he spread the ball around to our receivers. Those guys are good athletes and they were able to make some plays.”
Hauck hit seven different receivers in the game as the Lions rolled up 379 yards in total offense.
Hauck threw his first scoring pass at the end of a 64-yard drive on the Lions’ first possession, finding Bryan Feather from 23 yards out with 6:59 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter he found Justin McCoy from 16 yards out at the 8:42 mark and 11 seconds later the Lions had scored again when Phillip Dull recovered P-O’s fumbled kickoff return and ran it back 30 yards and a score to make it 18-0 with 8:31 left in the half.
The Mounties got their only score when Ty Laird scored from the 5 at the 6:19 mark. The Mounties drove 70 yards for the score, helped by a pair of 15-yard penalties on one play that moved the ball to the Chestnut Ridge 30. Aaron Boumerhi booted the PAT.
The Lions added two more scores before the half as Hauck hooked up with Dull for a 21-yard score and Moran Deremer caught a five-yard pass with 14 seconds left in the half to make it 39-7.
In the third quarter Hauck threw his final scoring pass, a 15-yarder to McCoy with 11:03 remaining in the quarter. Josh McGill scored from a yard out at the 6:53 mark to make it 45-7 and Noah Dillow tacked on a 10-yard scoring run with 4:05 to go in the game.
The Mounties (0-5) turned the ball over three times in the loss that extended their losing streak to 22.