ORION — To say that Orion senior end Logan Lee made his presence felt last Friday night in Princeton would be a bit of an understatement.
The Chargers’ 6-foot-5, 245-pound standout spent such a great deal of time in the Tigers’ backfield — especially in the second half — he almost could have been fitted for a Princeton uniform.
Finishing Orion’s 28-7 victory with 11 tackles, this week’s Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline Area Pacesetter got to make the acquaintance of Tigers’ quarterback Beck Robbins numerous times. Lee sacked Robbins six times, five of which came after the teams played to a 7-7, first-half draw.
He was just one sack from setting the IHSA record for most sacks in a single game, which is 6.5.
True to form, Lee took the credit for his own accomplishments and spread it around to his teammates.
“The biggest thing was that the back seven did a great job of covering their receivers long enough for me to get into the backfield,” he said, “and our other three defensive linemen created pressure, enough so that they’d step up into my pressure as well.”
Lee’s output was not confined to defense. When the Chargers had the football, senior QB Dawson Schulenberg hooked up with Lee for a pair of second-half touchdown passes, including a 14-yard third quarter connection that gave Class 2A’s second-ranked club the lead for good as it became playoff eligible at 5-0.
“Both of my touchdowns, we were in running territory, so they were expecting us to run,” he said. “I was able to slide out the back and get open for my TDs. They were the type of plays that developed slowly, and our line and running backs did a good job of protecting Dawson, who threw some pretty good balls, too.”
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Coming two weeks after a statement-making 20-17 victory at Sterling Newman, Lee thought last Friday’s game was good for the Chargers in that it provided them with a test along the lines of what they got from the Comets.
“We knew Princeton would have a lot of heart. It was their homecoming game, so we knew they’d come out full steam ahead, and they did just that,” he said. “They came out in the first half with a very good game plan and were very effective. We made some adjustments at halftime, and as a team we did really well at shutting them down in the second half.
“It was really big for us as a team, a big developmental stage. We haven’t had many close games except for the Newman game, so it was good for us to be under that kind of pressure going into halftime.”
Having been a part of two quarterfinal teams in the past three years, Lee and his classmates are looking to make this season a special one, and the results of the first five weeks speak volumes.
Set to continue his football career at the University of Iowa, Lee is focusing his energies and efforts 100 percent on being an Orion Charger and what he can do to help his team achieve their goals.
“He’s really been looking forward to this year, and as far as his future goes, it’s a done deal,” said Orion coach Chip Filler. “He’s looking forward to being a Charger right now, being a Hawkeye is in the near future for Logan. He’s a tremendous leader, and a tremendous Charger.”
Lee is resolute in his determination to help keep his team from not mentally wandering too far down the road. Friday night’s matchup with Three Rivers Rock Division leader Fulton (3-2, 3-0) helps keep that focus sharp.
“We’re all focused on Fulton at this point,” said Lee, whose club is 2-0 in TRAC Rock play. “We all know we have something special going on right now, but we don’t want to underestimate anybody.”