South quarterback put under pressure in the play-offs

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South quarterback put under pressure in the play-offs

The South Varsity Football team has advanced to the playoffs this year.  The playoff game will be held on Oct. 30 in Sterling Heights.

The South Varsity Football team has advanced to the playoffs this year. The playoff game will be held on Oct. 30 in Sterling Heights.

The South Varsity Football team has advanced to the playoffs this year. The playoff game will be held on Oct. 30 in Sterling Heights.

The South Varsity Football team has advanced to the playoffs this year. The playoff game will be held on Oct. 30 in Sterling Heights.

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By Jack Roma ’17Staff Writer

As South football approaches the end of the regular season and is looking to make a playoff appearance, the organization puts their fate into the hands of a young quarterback, Logan Mico ’17.

“Coach Brandon told me I was getting the start after our Romeo game, he told me right before the first practice of the week,” Mico said. “He very bluntly said, ‘you are our guy,’ and I rolled with it.  I was super excited because I have been waiting for my chance and I am trying to make the most of it.”

Mico began playing football at South on the freshmen team, and later making it onto the varsity team as a sophomore.

“You know, I think he’s the type of young man that the pressure doesn’t bother him,” Varsity Coach Tim Brandon said. “He plays the game because he loves the game and he thrives under that pressure.”

Even after all of his experience in the game, Mico still had some pre game jitters before the showing against Anchor Bay.

“The first start, I was pretty nervous.  It was against Anchor Bay, but I worked out a lot of kinks in that game. Then, against Port Huron, we really broke out of it and scored 35 points and played well,” Mico said.

Mico credits most of his playing ability to his older half brother, Blake Mico, who played in his high school career for Dakota.

“(Blake) worked with me a lot when I was younger and he is at every one of my games, whether I see him or not.  He has always been there for me and I really appreciate him and all the work he did for me when I was younger,” Mico said.

Another person Mico credits the success of his season, due to their synchronization on the field, is his number one receiver and team captain, Andrew Trost ‘16.  

“We’re like glue,” Trost said. “I mean, in practice every day, he throws to me the most.  I know him pretty well.  We always talk about game plans and what routes I’m going to run so he can get the ball to me on time.”

When on the field, Mico takes a leadership role by commanding the offense and making sure every player is doing their job, Trost explained.

“Although he (Mico) isn’t a senior, he still has a big leadership role,” said Trost. “The quarterback is where everything on the offense starts.”

Coach Brandon agrees with Trost, saying that Mico holds a valuable position as a leader for the team.

“Other kids love him,” Brandon said. “He’s a great leader, he’s a young man that motivates the rest of the team, and you could just see the benefits that he brought to our team when he played as a starting quarterback.”

Along with the challenges faced by being a junior and taking a leadership role, Mico must deal with being a junior in one of the most important positions on the offense.

“I’m excited,” Mico said. “I’m not trying to beat anyone out, I’m just trying to help the team win and if that means me as the starting quarterback then that’s what it’s all about.”  

Looking back on the season, Mico had many great moments of him with the team.

“Beating North was definitely one of the best moments,” Mico said. “Getting interviewed after that game was hype.  Just being with the boys and helping the team win, that’s what it’s about right now.”

After the team starting the season 1-2, Mico and the crew rallied to win 5 games in a row.  The team is 6-2,  already clinched a playoff spot, as they take on Dakota this Friday at South. Mico’s expectation for the rest of the season is to hopefully win some playoff games and carry the momentum over to the next season.