Andy Metcalf ran for two touchdowns and Cody Hoeth intercepted a pass in the final minute as the Logan Rangers outlasted the Holmen Vikings 46-40 Friday night in a wild game at Empire Stadium.
With one week remaining in the regular season, both the Rangers (4-2 MVC, 5-3 overall) and Vikings (4-2 MVC, 5-3 overall) are one game behind West Salem (5-1 MVC, 7-1 overall) in the conference title race. Logan will host Aquinas (0-6 MVC, 1-7 overall) at Swanson Field while Holmen will travel to Sparta (4-2 MVC, 6-2 overall).
The highlights started at the opening kickoff. Holmen senior Seth Wilson took the opening kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown, one of his four touchdowns on the night.
Holmen scored later in the first quarter when Drew Becker scored on a 76 yard touchdown run to lead 14-0.
Logan responded with big-time plays of its own in the second quarter. CJ Siegel broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run to make it 14-6 before Trey Davis connected with Cody Hoeth for a 60-yard touchdown to eventually tie the game 14-14.
The Rangers took its first lead of the game with 47 seconds left in the half when Metcalf scored a 3-yard touchdown. Logan went for two and converted to lead 22-14.
Holmen quickly responded with a long kick return and a touchdown pass from Isaac Handland to Wilson 17 seconds later. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, making the score 22-20 Logan at half.
Malik Brown scored for Logan on its first possession of the second half, and again the Rangers converted the 2-point conversion to lead 30-20. The Rangers converted all five of its 2-point conversions in the game.
Holmen responded to each score though, as Wilson scored on a 17-yard run to cut the lead to 30-27 (PAT failed).
After a Davis rushing touchdown, Handland responded with a touchdown scamper of his own, cutting the lead to 38-33 after three quarters.
Metcalf scored his second rushing touchdown with 9:24 remaining, a 5-yard run into the south end zone of Empire Stadium. He finished the game with a team-high 15 carries and 78 yards.
Wilson found the end zone once more with 5:40 to play, capping another big night on the ground. Wilson had 16 carries for 106 yards and two scores to go with his receiving and kick return scores.
Logan faced a fourth and goal at the five with under a minute remaining, but the Vikings defense held, giving Handland and the offense one last shot. Handland's first pass of the drive was intercepted though, sealing the win for Logan.