Known for his leg more than his hands, Logan junior Nathan Baker helped kickstart the Rangers offense Friday night with three big catches in the first half, including a 37-yard touchdown as time expired, to lift Logan over Madison Edgewood 36-6 in the WIAA playoffs.
Baker's touchdown grab came between two defenders on a jump ball in the south end zone at Swanson Field. He said afterward he expected to play a big role in the offense.
"I was hungry for a playoff win so I just went out there and did my best," Baker said. "That was just a beautiful ball by Trey and our o-line held their blocks. It was a great team effort, I just went for the ball."
Logan led 2-0 early after an Edgewood punt attempt resulted in a safety. It would be the only points of the quarter, however, as the Rangers offense sputtered early, and neither team was able to maintain drives on fourth down.
Baker's catches early in the second quarter helped Logan march down the field and take a 9-0 lead on quarterback Trey Davis' 1-yard touchdown run. The Logan offense showed signs of life from that point on, producing another touchdown later in the quarter when Davis connected with Jack Hinton for a 27-yard score with 26 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Edgewood quarterback Jack Dunn was intercepted by Matthew Kind, setting up Logan near midfield. After a Davis scramble, he connected with Baker on the deep pass as the half came to a close.
Logan's second half points came from a pair of Manny Buckhanan runs, the second from 19 yards away to make the score 36-6.
Logan will host Reedsburg in Level 2 on Friday, October 30 at Swanson Field.