LOGAN, Iowa — Logan-Magnolia turned in one of its more inspired efforts of the season.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, the performance wasn’t quite good enough to get them back to the playoffs.
Five players scored touchdowns as Lo-Ma pulled away from Griswold 50-28 on a chilly Friday night at Uel F. “Bob” Evans Memorial Field. But with Westwood’s 22-7 victory over Riverside, the Panthers still saw their year come to an end after winning Class A, District 8 last season.
Westwood earns the district’s No. 3 seed, followed by Riverside. A-H-S-T and East Mills are the top two teams.
“We’ve been up and down, but that’s part of our youth,” Lo-Ma coach Matt Straight said. “It’s disappointing when we finished the season well with this win. You’d like to carry that momentum into postseason play, but unfortunately we can’t do that.”
The Panthers (5-4, 4-3) trailed 22-21 at halftime and turned the ball over on their opening drive in the third quarter. But Brett Greenwood recovered a Griswold fumble at the Logan-Magnolia 25-yard line on the ensuing possession, which turned into a Riley Wohlers 14-yard touchdown run nine plays later.
A Brady Charbonneau run for the two-point conversion gave the home team a 29-22 edge it wouldn’t surrender.
“It’s just a bittersweet moment,” said Greenwood, also the senior quarterback. “We worked all week and preached on finishing out the season. We held up our part — we just didn’t get a lot of help in the district.”
Wohlers finished with 138 yards on 15 carries, while Charbonneau added 115 on 16 attempts. Both backs collected a pair of touchdowns.
Griswold also got two runners over the century mark. Junior Caleb Schaaf notched two touchdowns and 196 yards on just eight carries, while senior Kenneth Clary had 109 yards.
The Tigers added a pair of touchdowns on quarterback Holden Ogg’s only two completions. He connected with Jordan Vetter for 21 yards and with Grant Haynes on a 64-yard completion late in the fourth quarter.
A win would have put the visitors in the playoffs. They outgained Lo-Ma 463-454 in total yardage but managed only one score after halftime while losing their third straight game.
“We looked like a top-10 team at home,” Straight said. “We looked like we could play with the bottom teams on the road.”
The Panthers wrap up with a 4-3 district mark — identical to Riverside and Westwood. But Lo-Ma lost to the two schools by a combined three points to lose the all-important tiebreaker.
“We put ourselves in this position,” Straight said. “You lose to Riverside and Westwood, I don’t know that you deserve to go to the playoffs. That’s hard to say, because I think we can play with certain playoff-level teams.”
Griswold (4-5, 3-4) .......................... 15 7 0 6—28
At Logan-Magnolia (5-4, 4-3) ........... 8 13 15 14—50
G: Caleb Schaaf 79 run (Holden Ogg kick)
L: Riley Wohlers 6 run (Brady Charbonneau run)
G: Schaaf 66 run (Schaaf run)
L: Charbonneau 7 run (Charbonneau kick)
G: Jordan Vetter 21 pass from Ogg (Ogg kick)
L: Dillon Wills 19 pass from Brett Greenwood (kick failed)
L: Wohlers 14 run (Charbonneau run)
L: Drake Cohrs 1 run (Charbonneau run)
G: Grant Haynes 64 pass from Ogg (kick failed)
L: Charbonneau 23 run (Charbonneau kick)
L: Jake Riesland 21 run (Charbonneau kick)
RUSHING: G, Kenneth Clary 22-109, Tyler Muhlbauer 15-74, Caleb Schaaf 8-196, Holden Ogg 2-(minus 7), Sam Dankertt 1-6, team 2-9. LM, Brady Charbonneau 16-115, Riley Wohlers 15-138, Morgan Melby 11-50, Jake Riesland 6-38, Drake Cohrs 11-40, team 2-(minus 4).
PASSING: G, Ogg 2-7-0 85. LM, Brett Greenwood 4-7-0 73.
RECEIVING: G, Jordan Vetter 1-21, Grant Haynes 1-64. LM, Dillon Wills 2-37, Wohlers 1-23, Melby 1-13.