Logan Hass, a senior at Little Wolf High School, couldn’t have asked for a better football season than the one he put together this year.
When the dust settled after Manawa lost to St. Mary Springs in the second round of the WIAA football playoffs, Hass had amassed 1,701 yards on 271 rushing attempts. He found the end zone 20 times and scored a total of 126 points.
It was a great finish for a player who started playing youth football when he was in third grade.
“I have been fortunate to have been able to coach Logan through his youth and high school years,” said Bob Sell, varsity coach at Little Wolf High School. “I remember when he was in third grade and playing football for the Cowboys, he started out as a lineman and played center. He was a fast kid, but an unorthodox runner. He wanted to be a running back and he got his chance that season.”
Hass continued on as a running back and the rest is history.
School records are not available, but Hass said he thought his senior season might have been good enough to rank second all-time in school history for total yards rushing in one season.
“It seems pretty cool to be right up there since they had a lot of good running backs back in the day,” he said.
Sell said Hass picked up his attitude and fun for the game his senior year.
“During preseason football camp we watched the guys’ sixth grade championship game on video,” Sell said. “We laughed. I remember saying, ‘Hass, why don’t you run like that now? Look at how good you guys were and how much fun you had.'”
Whether Hass used that as motivation or not, he definitely had a breakout year after rushing for only 231 yards on 47 attempts in 2011.
In 2012 he had two games where he carried the ball more than 40 times. He had at least 20 carries in six other games.
Sell said Hass was the workhorse running back this season.
“He learned how to protect himself and hit his opponent versus getting hit,” Sell said. “He took a beating but just kept going.”
Getting the majority of the carries was something Hass relished.
“I was fine with that,” Hass said. “I didn’t mind taking all the hits. The first game that I had 40 carries I didn’t even realize I had that many. It was like, ‘Wow, it didn’t seem like it.'”
Toughness and pride are two characteristics that Sell knew Hass had back in youth football.
“Later in the season of his first year playing football he made the corner, was running for a touchdown, and someone caught him, tackled him, and he ended up breaking both bones in his arm,” Sell said. “He was calm, never said a word, he was just concerned that he did not want anyone to cut off his jersey.”
Hass, who played varsity football all four years of high school, was quick to give credit to his offensive line for his successful season. He said he also had a pregame ritual with the offensive line in which they did a special handshake to get pumped up for the game.
Giving credit to his teammates isn’t surprising, Sell said.
Hass said part of the reason the offensive line was so good this season was the fact it has played together as a unit since they were sophomores.
“They would help me get the holes open and get going,” Hass said, “and the wide receivers after seven yards would help get blocks downfield so I’d have my big runs.”
There were plenty of big runs for Hass, as he rushed for more than 200 yards in four different games. He rushed for 252 yards on 21 carries against Pacelli, 235 yards on 20 carries against Wittenberg/Birnamwood, 231 yards on 43 carries against Iola-Scandinavia and 273 yards on 42 carries against Bonduel. He missed the 200 yard mark by two yards against Weyauwega-Fremont.
Spending more time in the weight room over the summer helped Hass prepare for his senior season. Also attending a team camp in Platteville with his varsity teammates helped create better chemistry on the team, Hass said.
He said his most memorable moment from the season was beating Ozaukee at home on the new field in the first round of the playoffs. It was the first time the team had made the playoffs since his freshman season.
Against Ozaukee, Hass rushed for 131 yards, which he said was an “OK” game.
Being able to play varsity football all four years is what Hass said he will remember most about his high school football career.
“Starting as a freshman and going all the way to my senior year, then playing against Springs in our last game, they are one of the best teams in the state,” he said.
Hass wasn’t restricted to only offense. He was named First Team All-Conference on offense, as well as Second Team All-Conference on defense. He played defensive back on defense.
When asked if there is more football in his future, Hass said he is thinking about playing football in college at a Division III school.