Koby Wall runs a ball on Friday. The Cougars won 42-3.

Koby Wall runs a ball on Friday. The Cougars won 42-3.

Friday night marked the start of the playoffs in high school football. Logan County hosted the opening round for the second year in a row. Last season, the team defeated Warren Central to advance to week 2. Friday night, the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots came to town with hopes of stopping the Cougar momentum. That hope was quickly dashed as the Cougars tore down the field to a 42-3 smackdown.

The Patriots came out of the gate looking to have all the answers early on. They got on the board first with a field goal to make it 3-0.

Logan County would answer back with a touchdown by Gary Hardy to make it 7-3. Tyler Ezell would add another score with his legs to take a 14-3 advantage.

Hardy finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns. He also broke the single-season school record held by former NFL starter Joseph Jefferson for rushing yards. Jefferson rushed for 1409 yards in 1997. Gary Hardy now has 1447 yards this season and expects to add to that.

Ezell had 84 yards rushing in the win with a touchdown. Dontavius Blann scored twice on the ground and collected 39 yards total.

Ezell threw for 106 yards.

Lucas Arevalo kicked two successful field goals and four extra points.

The Cougars (10-1) will travel to Franklin to face the Wildcats in round two. The Cats (10-1) are the defending state champions. The game will start at 7:30 at Franklin-Simpson High School.