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Raiders, Brisson rally on homecoming night to down Warriors

It was a memorable homecoming game for Benjamin Logan’s football team on Friday night.

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Ben Logan’s Jeremy Brisson carries the ball as quarterback Mac Horton follows him through the hole during Friday’s homecoming game against Northwestern. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

Several players dismissed from Ben Logan squad

Benjamin Logan played without several of its normal starters Friday after they were dismissed from the team because of disciplinary reasons.

School officials did not name the specific players or give reasons for the players leaving the team, but did release the following statement Friday afternoon:

“A mutual decision was made between the team and the coaches resulting in some players stepping away from the football program. The decision was made in the best interest of our student athletes and programs.”

The Raiders rallied in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Northwestern 33-26 in Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division action.

In the process, the Raiders broke a four-game losing streak.

Ben Logan is now 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the CBC Mad River division, while the Warriors slip to 3-3, 0-1.

Junior running back Jeremy Brisson played a key role in the Raiders’ comeback Friday. He rushed for 239 yards on 25 carries and had three touchdowns.

Brisson got Ben Logan on the scoreboard first with a 66-yard TD run in the first quarter. The Raiders’ Mac Horton added a 1-yard TD run, but the extra-point attempt failed. Those scores gave Ben Logan a 13-0 lead.

Northwestern’s Hunter Houseman threw a touchdown pass to Austin Marshall before the end of the period, making the score 13-7.

The duo of Houseman and Marshall scored again in the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass play. The extra point pushed the Warriors to a 14-13 lead over the Raiders.

Horton punched in a 6-yard touchdown run for the Raiders, but the extra-point attempt failed. Ben Logan still held a 19-14 lead.

Northwestern battled back before the break to take the lead. Houseman found Jake Bost for a 46-yard TD pass. The extra-point attempt failed, but the Warriors took a 20-19 edge heading into halftime.

Northwestern’s Austin Marshall took the opening kickoff of the third quarter back 85 yards for a score. The extra-point attempt was blocked, but the Warriors held a 26-19 advantage.

Ben Logan battled back to keep the game close with a 23-yard TD run by Brisson. The extra-point attempt missed and that left the Raiders trailing 26-25 with 3:21 to play in the third period.

The fourth quarter saw the Raiders’ capitalize on defense. Anthoni Roberts intercepted a Northwestern pass that would help set up a game-winning touchdown for the Raiders.

Ben Logan’s offense marched down the field and capped a drive with Brisson rumbling 40 yards for a score. He added a two-point conversion that put the Raiders ahead 33-26.

Ben Logan travels to Urbana on Friday for another CBC Mad River division game.

BEN LOGAN 33, NORTHWESTERN 26

Northwestern    7    13    6    0    –    26

Ben Logan    13    6    6    8    –    33

TEAM STATISTICS    NW    BL

First downs    15    16

Total net yards    358    385

Rushes/yards    22/74         58/385

Passing    284    0

Comp-att-int    16-44-2    0-0-0

Punts/avg    3/36    2/26

Fumbles-lost                1-0            2-2

Penalties-yards            8-55        5-38

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