Passing game: Logan’s pocket passing game took a serious blow when Lane Little was sidelined with an injury, and last week’s game against Teays Valley was somewhat of a trial-by-fire for wildcat-formation quarterback Nick Kost. While not a pocket passer, Kost is a tough young man and an excellent athlete. As Logan coach Billy Burke has pointed out, he’ll need time to roll out and throw the ball to keep Newark from stacking nine or 10 defenders along the line of scrimmage.
Fewer penalties: Granted, last week’s officiating crew tossed laundry all over the place, and a lot of it — both against the Chieftains and Teays Valley Vikings — seemed unwarranted. The Chiefs have been pretty good thus far about limiting their mental mistakes, and it will need to continue.
Ball control: While obviously easier said than done, the Chiefs simply have to find a way to at least break even in time of possession — and/or plays from scrimmage — to keep this game from becoming a shootout. If it’s anything like last year’s game in Newark (a 35-32 Newark victory), they’ll have a tough time winning it.
Continue improvement: Southeastern Ohio Athletic League play begins in a few weeks and, while the season’s first five games are anything but exhibitions, and the results are important, the Chiefs need to continue their steady improvement going into what might be a wide-open SEOAL race.
— compiled by sports editor Craig Dunn