Chestnut Ridge’s Hauck gets 1,000 yards passing, rushing

By Philip Cmor

His Chestnut Ridge teammates knew they always could count on Logan Hauck.

“We have a great quarterback who can get us the ball. I don’t think he’s had an incompletion yet against Philipsburg,” said Hauck’s fellow Lion senior, Justin McCoy.

Well, to be fair, he did throw one, finally, this season, but it’s easy to see how that could get lost amongst the 39 passes he completed over those three contests.

The fact is, though, Philipsburg-Osceola was far from the only team Hauck victimized over the last three seasons. In his three years as a starter, Hauck accounted for more than 8,000 yards of total offense and 94 touchdowns, and Ridge won 26 games.

The Lion signal-caller saved his best for last with a stellar, all-state-recognized senior season, reaching 1,000 yards both as a rusher and passer to lead Chestnut Ridge to another District 5-8 Class 2A championship. For his accomplishments, Hauck is the Altoona Mirror High School Football Player of the Year for 2018.

Hauck edged Huntingdon all-time leading rusher and linebacking standout Ian Border for the award, with Bishop Guilfoyle’s Mark Conrad and Josh Yasulitis also high on the list of contenders. BG’s Nick Leamer and Portage’s Zach Wiggins also were considered.

In the end, though, Hauck’s performance couldn’t be topped.

A remarkably accurate passer, possibly more so on the move than when in the pocket, the 6-foot. 165-pound Hauck was 136-of-200 passing this season for 1,831 yards and 16 touchdowns, getting picked off eight times as he made the Mirror all-area first team for the second year in a row as the Lions went 10-2. Boasting a 65.4 percent completion rate in his three years as a starter, he only missed on 38 of 144 throws over Ridge’s final eight games this fall; that included a 316-yard game against Tyrone.

However, where he really progressed was a runner, cracking the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time. Hauck rushed for 1,182 yards and 23 touchdowns on 135 carries. He put up a season-best 198 yards on the ground against Bald Eagle Area, piled up 154 yards in a victory over eventual District 5-6-8-9 Class 4A champ Bellefonte and covered 184 yards on 17 attempts — scoring three times — in the District 5-8 Class 2A final win over Berlin Brothersvalley.

“I fully believe he’s the best quarterback in this area. I mean all-around quarterback,” Berlin coach Doug Paul said. “There might be better passers. There might be better runners. But, when you put it on the field with how he runs the offense, he’s a special player.”

You don’t have to convince veteran Ridge coach Max Shoemaker of that.

“A lot of those plays, he checks into. The coach isn’t intelligent to give him the right play,” Shoemaker joked. “He gets us where we need to be often times. … That’s the type of kid he is.

“He makes the coaches look good.”

For his four-year varsity career, Hauck threw for 5,771 yards and ran for another 2,350. He scored 39 touchdowns and threw for 55, completing 451 of 685 passes. Last week, he was voted to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 2A All-State Team along with fellow Lion Noah Dillow.

Ridge averaged 41.2 points per game this season, third in the area behind Huntingdon and Portage. Hauck was a big reason.

“He’s our trigger guy,” Shoemaker said after the BEA game. “He’s the catalyst.”