COPPELL, Texas —
The honor of wearing Coppell
High School game jersey No. 21, the
one that belonged to the late Jacob Logan
, is being passed down weekly
to different members of the Cowboys.
Jacob's sister Jordan, a
sophomore at Coppell, wears the jersey for the pre-game coin flip (Jacob
was a captain), then hands it to the player designated to wear No. 21
For Friday's 31-0 shutout of Marcus (Flower Mound,
Texas), the first home game since Jacob's death, the honoree was senior
defensive back Colin Peterson
Peterson recovered one of three
Marcus fumbles and just missed an interception. He and the Coppell
defense stopped four Marcus fourth down plays in the Cowboys' first
shutout since the 2010 season.
"I was thinking of Jacob all through the game,'' said Peterson. "It felt great to get that fumble.''
The victory clinched a playoff spot for Coppell (8-0 and 3-0 in District 5-5A).
Jacob Logan's accidental death while cliff-jumping into a lake on Oct.
14, the senior wore many hats for Coppell. In addition to playing wide
receiver and safety, he was also the quarterback when the team went to a
‘Wildcat' formation as well as the punt and kickoff return specialist.
miss him the most in practice when we run our ‘Wildcat' plays because
Jacob would be in there,'' said Coppell quarterback Colby Mahon
threw for two touchdowns on Friday. "This has been a hard thing to
overcome, we just have to lean more on God and trust that Jacob is in a
Moments before kickoff Friday, a video tribute to
Jacob Logan was shown on the stadium video board. Dozens of his
football highlights were punctuated at the end by a post-game interview.
There was Jacob, being asked about playing in his last homecoming game.
The Coppell players lined up shoulder to shoulder in the end zone and watched the video.
"It was my first time to see it,'' said Mahon. "I teared up, but I knew I had to get over it. We had a game to play.''
Monday, over 3,000 turned out for Jacob's funeral. Not surprising to
Kevin Casey, a Coppell teacher who had Logan in a history class last
year: "He was one of the most recognizable kids at school. Everyone,
students and faculty, liked him.''
Many of those in the Coppell
student section under their jackets wore blue T-shirts, the colors of
Jacob's favorite college, the University of Kentucky.
from the railing above the Coppell student section, remembering Jacob's
jersey number as well as with the words "bell cow.'' That's the term
chosen by Coppell head football coach Joe McBride to describe Logan's
leadership, with Jacob clanging out front and teammates following.
hearts were in the right place to play hard tonight,'' said McBride
afterward. Coppell's lead at halftime was 24-0. "But in the second
half,'' said the coach, "we were pretty flat.''
second half problems in last week's 27-18 win over Flower Mound. That
game was played the day after Jacob's body was recovered after a
four-day search in Possum Kingdom Lake.
Friday was seven days later and the play was a littler crisper.
threw two touchdowns in the first half
and set up a third following a leaping 34-yard catch by Cameron Smith
, who scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard reception.
The final touchdown of the first half was a 17-yard catch by Jason Lister
, who was picked to wear Jacob's No. 21 last week. He told reporters last week "It is honestly the biggest honor I could ever possibly get."
On Friday, Peterson had the same reaction. Not only did Peterson star on defense but he was the holder on another Coppell first-half highlight, a 51-yard field goal by Adam Centers
"Last week's game was
more emotional because it had all just happened,'' said Peterson.
"Tonight was more of a celebration for what Jacob had done.''