UNION CITY -- A pair of state triple jump medalists enjoyed big starts to their football season Friday to help James Logan High beat Reed-Sparks (Nev.) 40-24.
Jeffrey Prothro Jr. and Karsten Wethington, who took fourth and sixth place, respectively, at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet in June, made impact plays.
Prothro, a senior quarterback, threw for 85 yards and a touchdown. But the difference was two long touchdown runs of 38 and 60 yards.
"We have a great running attack with Miles Long, Damond Beasley and Scott Kao," Prothro said. "To add me to that, defenses have to worry about it even more."
Wethington, a junior, returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and also added an interception.
The night started well for Northwestern-bound Warren Miles Long. On Logan's first defensive play of the season, the senior intercepted Reed's Mark Nowaczewski.
The Colts couldn't turn that into points, but on their second drive they found the end zone. Long's first carry of the year went for a 40-yard score and Logan led 7-0.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the Colts' touchdown was enforced on the kickoff. That allowed the Raiders to respond quickly, with Nowaczewski hitting Devin Gray for a 20-yard touchdown 30 seconds later.
Logan scored midway through the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Beasley. The extra point failed and it was 13-6.
Reed closed the gap when Nowaczewski hit Gray for an 11-yard touchdown that made it 13-12. The Raiders reached the Colts' 8-yard line late in the first half, but a fourth-down pass was incomplete as time expired.
Wethington's kick return made it 19-12 and Nowaczewski got the Raiders within a point with a 1-yard run.
Prothro responded with his 38-yard scoring run, then hit Amalani Fukofuka for a 35-yard strike. His 60-yard run made it 40-18 with 11:48 to play.
Long had 114 yards rushing on 14 carries, and Prothro ran for 108 on 12 carries.