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Male Area Athlete of the Week: Loge handles Patriots’ offense

Pequot Lakes senior earns area athlete of the week

Grant Loge
Grant Loge
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Grant Loge knows how to run the Pequot Lakes offense.

The senior quarterback has thrown for 849 yards and 13 touchdowns on 56-of-96 passing with just two interceptions this season.

Last week, he only needed five completions to rack up 61 yards and two touchdowns in Pequot’s 50-0 victory over Park Rapids

“The whole offensive group has been going right,” Loge said. “Not necessarily just me, but it takes all the wideouts and the linemen to make things happen on offense and move the ball. Last week, it started off rough in the pouring rain and rough field and our defense played a nice game.”

Pequot Lakes head coach Bill Magnuson said Loge has a thorough understanding of the Patriots’ offense.

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“He’s a student of the game and has worked very hard at this,” Magnuson said. “Probably the greatest asset he’s had for us is that he gets us out of bad plays. He’ll change the play and get us into a better play, so we don’t have those negative plays. And he’s just thrown the ball exceptionally well. His reads have been phenomenal. He’s doing a great job of leading and guiding our offense.”

Loge’s best game came in the Patriots’ only loss Week Two against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. He threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns on 24-39 passing.

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The next week in a win against Fergus Falls, Loge threw four touchdowns on 13-25 passing for 233 yards.

In the first game of the season, Loge threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 14-21 passing.

“I just noticed that the game is so much slower to me,” Loge said. “It’s easier to read. Last year, I felt like I was rushing everything. Didn’t have enough time. Stuff like that. This year, I’m more accurate with more throws and changing the play and the other stuff quarterbacks need to do.”

Loge was under center last year for Pequot and threw for 1,269 yards and seven touchdowns on 112-220 passing with eight interceptions.

“He just has way more confidence,” Magnuson said. “Especially in changing the play. We will call a play and he will stick with it if it’s a good one, he has the confidence in what we are doing to change it. He runs the team very well.”

Loge has found six different receivers this year for touchdowns. Riley Larson has caught the most with six.

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“It’s been refreshing to see,” Magnuson said. “You can’t isolate on one (receiver). Riley Larson has six of them, but if you isolate on him there is going to be someone else. We have so many weapons that you can’t just shut down one of them. Grant is really good at making those reads and taking what the defense gives him.”

Loge said he and Larson have a special connection.

“We have some crazy skill guys,” he said. “Riley has been my guy and we worked all summer together. Sometimes it would just be the two of us and we would throw on the field in the middle of summer and work on routes and hot routes and start our own little connection. You can see it’s paid off this season.”

In practice, Magnuson said Loge is very serious.

“I mentioned he is a student of the game,” Magnuson said. “He really wants to be successful. We had a rough year last year and he took all the snaps last year and he really wants this team to grow from last year. We got off to a great start this year because of that leadership. He's not a rah-rah guy. He’s a quiet leader. But when he speaks, they listen.”

Last season, the Patriots went 1-8. Through four games this season they are 3-1.

“I’ve been around long enough to know that happens,” Magnuson said. “Some years are just not your year. It’s what you take from it and learn from it. Not just for coaches, but for players. I think Grant and the 19 other seniors knew it was abnormal, but they learned from it.”

Loge added: “We just have better leadership and a little closer group of guys. We got together and said we didn’t want to have a year like we did last year and got things going in the weight room and picked it up in the fall.”

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The hope is Loge can keep things rolling.

“If he stays this hot we are going to be very tough,” Magnuson said. “I think the thing I was impressed with is that we had a tough weathered game against Park Rapids and our run game started to connect and Grant gets this. So when our run game is going that makes Grant even tougher to stop. He’s so much of a team player that he gets the concept of being balanced.”

Other notable performances:
Football: Josiah Kallevig, Wadena-Deer Creek, threw for four touchdown passes.
Jacob LeBlanc, Pierz, rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Jacob Williams, Aitkin, rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Jaden Schulke, Verndale, rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Christian Hooge, Pillager, rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Soccer: Joseph Bostrom, Lake Region, recorded five goals in a game last week.

Grant Loge

Year: Senior
School: Pequot Lakes
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback
Highlights: Threw two touchdowns in a blowout win over Park Rapids

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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