VINCENT - Austin Kuhn may have been physically sore after Warren's 28-14 triumph over Portsmouth in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League football game last Friday night.
But that's what happens when your team relies on you as a backfield workhorse.
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior Warrior running back enjoyed a career game against the Trojans, rushing for a school record 321 yards on 33 carries and two touchdown runs of one-yard apiece. The week before against Gallia Academy, he gained 148 yards on 18 attempts.
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Warren senior quarterback Dylan Leffingwell will be playing his final prep football game in the royal blue and white against Logan Friday night.
"He ran really hard, and our line did a great job of opening up holes for him," said Warren head football coach Andy Schob.
Those Warrior linemen were Tyler Welch (6-2, 190), Jake Powell (5-11, 185), Mikael Hinton (6-0, 205), Tanner Barrows (6-0, 210), and Gunnar Smith (6-3, 225).
So, what does Kuhn do for an encore when Warren (3-6) hosts Logan (2-7, 2-2)) in its season finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday?
Well, Schob is hoping of course for more of the same from his talented RB.
"No doubt, Logan will try to take that (Kuhn's running) away from us," Schob said.
"But if they do that, we've got (quarterback) Dylan Leffingwell and some really good receivers.
"We also could go to another good running back in Jake Scott. Then, there's Chas Miller, who keeps people honest with counters and things like that."
Not too long ago, Logan was a perennial SEOAL powerhouse and playoff team on the gridiron. But the Kelly Wolfe-coached Chieftains have been struggling in recent years.
After dropping its first five games of the 2012 campaign, Logan has earned a split in its last four games with wins over Portsmouth and Chillicothe.
Last Friday night, the Chieftains played Gallia Academy tough before falling 23-14.
"They've kind of come into their own a little bit and gone back to their power double-tight run with (Cory) McCarty running it down your throat and daring people to stop it," Schob said. "We have to answer that challenge, and make them do something they don't want to do.
"McCarty is a returning all-league kid, who runs extremely hard. He takes a three-yard gain and can bounce it.
"Logan has other options, and they'll try to utilize all of them. We've got to be balanced and do our assignments first."