The Pioneer football team is trying to put last week’s tough 43-7 loss to Bedford in the rearview mirror especially with talented Saline now in full view for Friday night’s homecoming game.
But there was one highlight to take away from the loss to the Kicking Mules and it showcased another one of Pioneer’s talented senior receivers. Their only score of the game came on a lateral from QB Conor Easthope to Logan Jacobs, who took the pass behind the line of scrimmage and raced 80 yards to tie the game at 7-7.
Jacobs is an explosive player who has made a habit of making big plays all season. He had three catches for 106 yards including a 65-yard touchdown in Pioneer’s win over Huron.
Jacobs said the Pioneers are focused on bouncing back after the loss at Bedford.
“The season is going pretty well, but after that big loss to Bedford we are going to have something to prove,” he said. “We didn’t play well at all against Anchor Bay, a team that we should’ve beat. We knew Bedford was a big physical team, and even though they were only 1-3, we knew that they would be the best team we played up to that point.”
Jacobs, the son of Laura Jacobs and Lorien Wenger, has been pleased with how he’s played but is quick to point out that football is a team game and the only numbers that matter are on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
“I have been happy with my performance on the field, but the win is all that counts,” he says. “Coach (William) Bellers always says, ‘the only stat people are going to remember is your record. In 20 years nobody is going to ask how many yards did you have your senior year.’ I agree with him. At the end of the night having a couple touchdowns is nice, but the win is what everyone is after.”
They will be after a big win on Friday night. And Jacobs and the Pioneers realize that Saline is 4-1 and will be a tough matchup, even at home.
“They’re good, but not unbeatable,” he said. “We are going to prepare the same way that we do for everybody. Practice is definitely going to have a different vibe though.”
Against Bedford the Pioneer offense just never got rolling after its first score. “They seemed to have an answer for most of what we did,” Jacobs said. “As an offense we just couldn’t get the ball rolling.”
The ultimate goal is roll in the playoffs. With three wins they are half way there with four games left on the schedule.
“We need to win three more games,” he said. “We have the biggest game of the year on Friday against Saline at home. Following that game, we play a very talented Monroe team, then Skyline and Ypsilanti. We need to focus on the task at hand, and really work hard at practice if we want to make our playoff goals a reality.”
Jacobs has been playing football since the second grade. He played for WJF blue and then four years in a row for Pioneer.
“I didn’t play too much offense freshman year,” he said. “My sophomore year I scored my first touchdown, and never looked back. I also played as a dual threat QB and did pretty well at that.”
He moved up to varsity for his junior year and did very well.
“I didn’t play every play like I am this year because I was behind Lael Onifade on the depth chart, but when I got in I made my presence known,” he said.
He also makes his presence known in track where he runs the 400m dash, 200m dash, 300m hurdles, long jump, and even pole vaults. He made the state meet last year for the 4x400m relay and had a PR split of 51.3 in the state finals.
“I would really like to go sub 50 this year in the 400, and I want to long jump over 20 feet,” he said. “An improvement in my 200 would be really nice, and although that is not what I’m focusing on, that will most likely come with getting older and stronger.”
Getting older also means graduating and moving on to college. He’s gotten some interest from a few small schools for both football and track and field.
“Right now I am looking to attend a bigger school,” says Jacobs, who has a 3.95 GPA. “I don’t want to go to a smaller school just to play sports. I think that if a bigger school ends up showing some interest in me, I will play for them.”
Right now, he’s playing for Pioneer – and hoping to help lead his team into the postseason.