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Baker's last-second field goal lifts Logan over Eau Claire Memorial

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Nathan Baker drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to lift La Crosse Logan over Eau Claire Memorial at Swanson Field.

Logan (1-0) drove down the field after a Dion Smith interception gave the Rangers the ball with just under three minutes to play. Baker trotted out to kick the field goal, but was stopped by an Old Abes timeout.

Baker aligned himself again, made the kick as time ran out, and then was mobbed by his teammates mobbed him on the field.

"Just relief, just relief" Baker said of the kick. "Team just put us in a great position, offense drove down the field. I just had confidence in myself, kicked it."

Logan opened the scoring in the first quarter on a Tanner Holzer 4-yard touchdown run, set up by a Memorial fumble. The Old Abes had four turnovers on the night.

Eau Claire (0-1) tied the game early in the second quarter when Darian Dieckman found Chris Ulness for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Logan marched back down the field though and took the lead back with Manny Buckhanan's 10-yard run, making the score 14-7 at halftime.

Memorial tied the game once more in the third quarter when Jake Ness found his way into the end zone from a yard out.

From that point, both teams struggled to move the ball and avoid penalties late in the game, but Memorial finally found some momentum with less than five minutes to go, and had driven into Rangers territory.

Then Smith snagged his first interception of the season - the third of the night for the Rangers defense - setting up the winning drive.

Logan faces Eau Claire North on Friday, August 28 at Carson Park in Eau Claire. North plays at La Crosse Central on Saturday.

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