• John Macon Gillespie

Peyton Logan Wants To Make Big Splash In 2016

Though other class 6A rushers like Cam Akers and Kylin Hill took most of the headlines in 2015, and deservedly so, Horn Lake’s Peyton Logan was also a superstar for his team.

Versatility is perhaps the rising senior’s most notable asset. As a receiver he averaged 15.1 yards per catch, catching 34 passes for 512 yards, and adding three scoring grabs. On the ground he was a difference-maker, rushing for 1,234 yards on 175 carries(7.1 yard per carry) and 10 touchdowns.

Early in the season against Cleveland he hauled in two passes, both for scores, and rushed for 85 yards on just eight carries. He rushed for 219 yards and two scores against division foe Olive Branch. He rushed for over 100 against Tupelo, Southaven and Desoto Central, as well. All in all, he rushed for 100 yards or more in six games, three times he rushed for two scores in the same game.

“My strengths are my speed, balance and vision,” Logan said of what enabled him to be so productive last season. “The Center Hill, Olive Branch and Lake Cormorant games stood out last season.”

When you consider the obstacles that Logan faced in 2015, however, you can’t help but to be even more floored by his numbers. The Eagles’ starting quarterback went down with an injury in a scrimmage prior to the season, so that meant even more responsibility fell to Logan.

“Our quarterback got hurt, so we ran the offense through me. I rotated back and forth from running back and receiver every game. It was kind of difficult because some of our offensive linemen are undersized, but I just adapted and overcame all obstacles,” Logan told SES Mississippi.

“But there was no pressure on me because I had a lot of support from my teammates and fans.”

Being undersized is something that has also burdened the talented running back as he feels it is the reason he has been underrated thus far. Though, that concerns him little, as his mind is more fixated on seeing his teammates succeed. But he knows that his own improvement can have a direct impact on the number of wins he and his teammates experience.

Winning, afterall, is all that matters to him. In fact, his best football memory is winning a little league championship in his younger days.

“This offseason I’m working on my agility and stamina. My goal for next season is to make people stop thinking our school is a joke by making it to the playoffs. I want to lead 6A in rushing,” He explained.

While he enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his teammates and friends, football is his first love. Football is something Logan feels can lead to success down the road for him.

“I want to be successful in life. that drives me, just like tough competition does. I love everything about football,” he said. “Being successful in life to me is to get my college degree and to be able to provide for my future family.”

**Photo by Brian Henry.

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