BELLEFONTAINE – West Liberty-Salem defeated Ben Logan, 40-31, Friday night in a non-league football game that was delayed 30 minutes by lightning.
The Tigers took their opening drive of the game and found paydirt when Trevor Anderson scored from a yard out.
WL-S’s Chase Humphrey came up with an interception moments later, but the Tigers stalled out on downs on an incomplete pass inside the Ben Logan 10.
Later in the first quarter, a long Anderson punt return set the Tigers up at the BL 9.
Facing fourth and goal at the 4, WL-S quarterback Brandon Upton connected with Dusty Moell on a TD pass.
At that point, lightning was spotted and the game was delayed with the Tigers on top, 13-0.
After a 30-minute delay, WL-S converted the PAT to go up 14-0 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers had 111 total yards in the first quarter compared to three for the Raiders.
Ben Logan’s offense got on track early in the second quarter and the Raiders found the scoreboard on an 11-yard TD pass.
The Tigers led, 14-7, with 10:16 remaining in the second quarter.
WL-S drove deep into BL territory on its ensuing drive, but Upton was intercepted at the one-yard line.
Following a BL punt, Upton scored on a 16-yard run to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead with 7:11 remaining in the first half.
The Raiders quickly responded, narrowing the deficit to 21-13 on a six-yard TD pass with 4:58 to go in the half.
Late in the second quarter, WL-S had fourth and eight at the BL 19, but a pass went incomplete.
The first half ended with the Tigers on top, 21-13.
WL-S’s Anderson passed the 100-yard rushing mark early in the third quarter, and Upton connected with Moell on a TD pass on fourth and 18 at the 20 with 7:19 remaining in the third period.
The PAT failed, but WL-S owned a 27-13 lead.
A botched Raider punt later in the third gave WL-S a first down at the BL 2, and Anderson scored two plays later to give the Tigers a 33-13 lead.
Ben Logan scored a TD later in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 33-19.
In the fourth quarter, Anderson plowed in for a touchdown from seven yards out to give WL-S a 40-19 lead with 7:17 remaining.
The Raiders quickly scored on a TD pass, but still trailed, 40-25, with time running out.
Ben Logan punched in another touchdown with 3:13 remaining to make it 40-31.