In what was considered one of the East Bay's top football matchups to open the 2007 campaign, host Logan displayed the kind of speed and quickness usually reserved for playoff-type football in a 37-21 win over Monte Vista in non-league action Friday night.
"All that conditioning over the summer really paid off for us," Logan quarterback Rashad Evans said. "We don't have much size, but we got a whole lot of speed."
He's right about that.
Evans was nearly untouchable when he got into the flat on several quarterback keepers. And when Evans didn't keep the ball, he simply handed it off to other speedster running backs like Justin Brooks (11 rushes for 161 yards) and Danny Godfrey (21 rushes for 139 yards).
And of course there was Evans, who dazzled the lively crowd with 156 rushing yards on 12 carries that included three touchdowns.
"This was the first real summer where we went hard," said George Zuber, Logan's second-year coach. "We came out and timed everyone's 40 (yard dash) and noticed a vast improvement from last year."
Monte Vista, led by quarterback Drew McAllister, looked solid in its first two series -- 23 plays for 126 yards. But it was all for nothing as they resulted in a missed field goal and a turnover on downs.
McAllister, who has given a verbal to play at USC as a safety next year, threw for 224 yards on a 14-for-30 effort. He was hampered by an injured left knee, which was taped up heavily before the game. He was held out of practice until Thursday this week.
"We made too many mistakes, I made too many mistakes," said McAllister, who rushed for one touchdown and hit Zach Ertz for 32-yard touchdown to end the third quarter that cut Logan's lead to 24-14.
That's the closest Monte Vista would get.
The Evans show began shortly after that. With Logan's second play of the fourth quarter, Evans dashed 49 yards for a touchdown and a 30-14 lead.
Monte Vista made one more push when Taylor Brewster took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to set up a first-and-goal at the 10. McAllister then threw an interception into the hands of Arturo Raygoza in the end zone.
The Colts didn't manage a score off that turnover and were forced to punt for the first time in the game. Either way, it ran time off the clock and when the Mustangs and McAllister got the ball back, they were trailing 30-14 with 7:25 left in the game.
McAllister threw four straight incompletions and Logan got the ball back. Evans put an exclamation point on his night with Logan's first play of the drive -- a 24-yard quarterback scamper into the end zone for a 37-14 lead.
"This was a quality game for both teams," Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman.