No, we’re not delving into American history here. We’re talking about James Logan, which will play as an independent for at least the 2012 and 2013 seasons. It’s a move that at least from the people I’ve talked to is pretty much universally praised.
I broke the story in January of Logan being granted competitive anomaly status, thus making it an independent. It passed by a 6-2 vote by the Mission Valley Athletic League and ratified by the North Coast Section’s Bay Shore Conference. What it means is the MVAL approved Logan’s request to withdraw from competing for a league title. Logan will still play a partial MVAL schedule (four games), but it will not factor in the league title race. Also, they will have a limited amount of all league selection. They’ll receive a maximum of four all-league selections, one for each game they win against MVAL competition.
The independence status doesn’t change a ton about Logan’s schedule for this year. But with Moreau Catholic set to join the MVAL, the Colts would’ve had only three nonleague games. Instead, they essentially get six (technically, every game is a nonleague game, but they’re required to play their final four games against MVAL teams). The schedule is daunting. The open with Nevada Class 4A runners-up Reed-Sparks (Nev.). They play NCS Division I runner up San Ramon Valley and the doozy is a road game Sept. 28 at Del Oro-Loomis, last year’s Division II CIF State Bowl representative. They also play San Leandro, Berkeley and Heritage.
The big reason for going independent is to be more battle-tested come playoff time. This isn’t a perfect solution, since Logan finishes the season with games against Irvington and Mission San Jose, not exactly the most challenging games. But they should get good tests throughout the early schedule and play in some bigger environments. With three-year starters RB Warren Miles Long and QB Jeffrey Prothro Jr., Logan coach George Zuber knows this is a time to go for it. This move was done with that in mind.
One complication is that by not competing in a league, they cannot earn designated league champion status to help them host a playoff game. They’ll have to hope to have a high enough seed and not get matched up with another league champ in order to bring a playoff game to Union City. That’s a calculated risk, but one Zuber was willing to take to step up the schedule and try to take Logan to the next level. I’ll be very interested to watch it play out.