What looked like an easy victory at halftime for the Logan Rangers nearly turned into a disastrous collapse Friday night at Swanson Field.
After leading 35-0 at halftime, the Hilltoppers (4-5, 3-4 MVC) scored 20 unanswered points, eventually coming to within 42-34 with 2:22 left in the game.
Logan (7-2, 6-1 MVC) recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out to clock to clinch a share of the Mississippi Valley Conference title, the school's second in as many seasons.
Logan raced out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter as Tanner Holzer and Manny Buckhanan both found the end zone. Buckhanan went on to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter, finishing the night with 224 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Rangers quarterback Trey Davis also connected with Jack Hinton for a touchdown in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball bounced off a Hilltoppers player and back to kicker Nathan Baker, giving Logan the ball back. Moments later Buckhanan scored to make it 35-0.
Coming out of the locker room, Onalaska scored on a 56-yard pass play from Brayton Duin to Jalen Sample, cutting the lead to 35-7. The Hilltoppers also added a Hayes Weiner touchdown run to close with 35-13 at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth, Duin connected with Tyler Turriff for a touchdown to make it 35-20 before Logan answered with a Davis 1-yard run with 7:12 remaining.
Onalaska scored the game's final 14 points. Duin found Noah Fredrickson with 4:05 left to close within 42-27, then connected with Sample on fourth down for a 50-yard touchdown with 2:22 remaining.
Both teams qualified for the WIAA playoffs. Seedings and brackets are expected to be released late Saturday.