For just having completed a 30-6 win against Logan on Friday, Sept. 9, Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White wasn't exuberant.
The host Raiders' potent run game and often bone-crushing defense established the tone early, but penalties and negative-yardage plays kept them from pulling away until Mykel Traylor-Bennett's 47-yard punt return for a touchdown two minutes into the second half.
"We were a little ragged but the kids stuck with it and the kids played hard," White said. "Once we got the punt return, that pretty much sealed it."
Coming off a last-second, 17-16 loss to Findlay, Reynoldsburg held Logan to 11 yards of offense, including minus-21 rushing, in the first half. The Raiders, who amassed 168 of their 207 yards of offense in the first half, improved to 2-1.
"They wanted to kick it out of bounds but I wanted to make them think I wouldn't come get it," said Traylor-Bennett, who earlier had a 68-yard punt return nullified by a penalty. "Once I did, I was able to make one cut and go."
Kumar Collins rushed for 88 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on 14 carries, freshman Jordan Jones had a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring and Tahkeel Holland scored from a yard out later in the first for a 12-0 lead.
"They wanted to get (Jones) out there to move the defense then have me pound the ball," Collins said. "They ended up having to focus on me. We thought that was an advantage we'd have on them."
A safety on the first play of the second quarter made it 14-0, then the Raiders spent much of the rest of the quarter trying to pull away in spite of themselves.
Traylor-Bennett returned the kickoff after the safety 68 yards for an apparent touchdown, but that was wiped out because of a holding call. Logan punted on its next possession, but successive personal foul calls changed a potential first-and-goal at the Chieftains' 10 into first-and-31 on their own 40.
"I wasn't worried there," Traylor-Bennett said. "I had a feeling I'd get a shot at another one."
But the Raiders made up for it on their next drive, which started at the Chieftains' 17 after a 28-yard punt return from Jimmy McKean. Kumar Collins scored from a yard out on second-and-goal, and Nick Hendrick added a 23-yard field goal in the final minute of the half for a 24-0 lead.
White pulled most of the starters late in the third quarter.
Logan's Cody McCarty had a 6-yard touchdown run with 10:53 left. The Chieftains (0-2) finished with 77 yards of offense.
Reynoldsburg, which played its first two games on the road, begins OCC-Ohio play Sept. 16 at Grove City.
LOGAN 0 0 0 6 -- 6
REYNOLDSBURG 12 12 6 0 -- 30
R--Jones 10 run (kick failed)
R--Holland 1 run (kick failed)
R--Collins 1 run (Hendrick kick)
R--Hendrick 23 FG
R--Traylor-Bennett 47 punt return (kick failed)
L--McCarty 6 run (kick failed