PREP FOOTBALL 6-A PLAYOFFS: Legatron: North Hardin’s Cayden Logsdon has shored up extra points and field goals

MATT TYSON/The News-Enterprise North Hardin's Cayden Logsdon is 26-for-26 on PATs in the last six games. He is 41-for-45 on the season. The 13-0 Trojans host Louisville Trinity (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 6-A state semifinals.

The idea is the same.

But, kicking a soccer ball and a football are different.

North Hardin sophomore Cayden Logsdon has done quite well booting both.

He scored six goals and had 12 assists as the soccer team lost to Taylor County in the 5th Region Tournament semifinals.

Logsdon has made his last 26 PATs and is 3-for-4 on field goals in the last six games.

“My confidence has improved a lot since last year,” he said.

“Having Cayden Logsdon is a weapon for us,” offensive coordinator Clay Hooper said. “Obviously the goal is to score touchdowns, but if we find ourselves in the red zone and can’t capitalize, we’re very confident in his ability to get us three points. Ultimately we know that we have to get points in order to win the ballgame.”

The Trojans (13-0) welcome Louisville Trinity (11-2) to Ray Story Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 6-A state semifinals.

Logsdon came out late last season as North Hardin was looking for a kicker.

“The team didn’t have a kicker and I thought I could do the job,” he said. “Plus, I like being around friends.”

“It’s a bonus having Cayden,” Coach Brent Thompson said. “He came this past offseason and worked out with us. The guys love it. They enjoy him. He comes around now three days a week. He’s a tremendous asset.”

The Trojans have seen first-hand this season what it’s like without Logsdon.

He missed the first game, a 48-14 win over Louisville Waggener because of a soccer game. He also missed the win over Tate’s Creek because of an injury.

North Hardin went 5-for-11 on two-point conversions in those contests.

“You don’t like going for two when you have a pretty good kicker. You enjoy it when you know you can have seven,” Thompson said.

“Without a good kicker, you’re going for two and everything that goes with it,” Hooper said. “You’re adding practice time to practice your two-point plays. Now we’re almost guaranteed we’re gonna get seven.”

Last year the Trojans made 78.1 percent of their PATs and did not attempt a field goal.

Logsdon has made 91.1 percent (41-for-45) of his PATs and is 5-for-10 on field goals.

“Most of the time I feel confident, unless it’s a long field goal, then I feel nervous about it,” he said. “If it’s an extra point, I feel confident.”

For Hooper, having Logsdon allows him to view calling plays a little differently.

“Coach Hoop now knows when we get to a certain area, as long as we don’t get out of that area, we’re gonna try to kick a field goal,” Thompson said.

The Trojans had a third-and-16 from the 33-yard line early in the second quarter in last week’s 38-2 win over McCracken County.

“The play that Ramaj (Adams) actually scored, we were up there and said, ‘Let’s see if we can try to get half of this right here. We know for sure that Cayden will get us three,’” Hooper said.

Adams took a simple pass and turned it into a 33-yard touchdown going from the right sideline to the left pylon.

“Ramaj is a special athlete and he made something good happen,” Hooper said. “If we find ourselves in a long third down situation, we know that we don’t have to get all of it because we know Cayden’s leg is good from however long to get us three points.”

Logsdon has made one field goal in each playoff win — 34 yards last week, 20 yards against Central Hardin and 34 yards against Barren County.

“Halfway through the season, I just stopped getting nervous about football and I felt more confident,” he said.

“I don’t think he understands how big a part of the team he is and how much of a weapon his leg is,” Hooper said. “I think part of that is we’re confident in Cayden. We tell him all the time, ‘We believe in you. You are critical for us and we believe in what you’re doing for us. Be confident in yourself.’”

High school kicking games can be a crapshoot and Thompson understands that.

“As you get into playoffs your kicking game definitely takes effect,” said the coach, who is in his eighth season. “It can win or lose you some games. It’s a good thing anytime you can get points on the board. He helps us out tremendously and he’s definitely a joy to have. He has continued to get better and better. A lot of it is a testament to him and how hard he works.”

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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