Marc Logan, who won a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers, says he can "still remember like it was yesterday" his last high school football game.
Logan's senior season at Bryan Station ended with a 27-0 home-field loss to Christian County in the Class 4A semifinals. That was in 1982, but Logan's memories of the game are still so vivid he "can give you a play-by-play."
Thirty-one years later, Logan hopes his son has a happier ending to his high school career.
Marcelis Logan is a senior running back at Lexington Catholic. The Knights play host to six-time defending state champion Highlands in the 4A semifinals on Friday.
If Lexington Catholic upsets the Bluebirds. it will get a shot at a state title in Bowling Green next week.
"I told (Marcelis) I don't have a high school championship ring," Marc Logan said. "That'd be exciting."
As a 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior at Bryan Station, Marc rushed for 1,590 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had a combination of speed and power.
(It should be noted that Logan's senior teammates at Bryan Station included future NFL players Cornell Burbage and Dermontti Dawson.)
Marcelis has seen film clips of his dad in high school and was impressed. "He was great," the son said, "I can't take that away from him. He was really good."
The 5-10, 175-pound Marcelis has rushed for 768 yards and 15 TDs this season. He has 369 yards and five TDs receiving. He's also returned a kickoff and a punt for TDs. In his career Marcelis has more than 2,200 all-purpose yards.
"He's a phenomenal talent," said Marc, an assistant coach with the Knights. "I'm not saying that because he's my son. You can see it. He's so gifted running, catching, and his vision is incredible."
Coach Bill Letton likes Logan's versatility.
"We've been fortunate to be able to get him the ball through the air and handing it off to him," he said. "When he gets it, he can go."
When it comes to speed, son claims he's faster than dad was. "He'll probably say something different, but I think I am," Marcelis said with a laugh. "My fastest time (in the 40) is 4.28."
Marc said he ran a 4.28 when was at UK, but conceded that he's "never seen a high school player faster than Marcelis."
Marc also credited his son with being stronger than he was at Bryan Station. "He's squatting 465 (pounds) right now. I didn't squat that until my junior year in college."
Marcelis had a big night in Lexington Catholic's 49-14 win over Mercer County last week. He touched the ball 14 times for 258 yards and four TDs, including a 94-yard kickoff return and a 58-yard run.
"One of his better games, but not surprising," Marc said. "If he was a featured back getting 20 carries a game, there's no telling what he could do. But he does whatever he can to help the team as a playmaker."
Marcelis, who is getting recruiting looks from Akron, Delaware and Kent State, hopes the Knights can make enough plays to beat Highlands. The Bluebirds have eliminated Lexington Catholic in the semifinals the last two years.
"We've got to come out and play harder than they do and make no mistakes on both sides of the ball," Logan said. "If we do that, we can win."
And son can take one step further in the high school playoffs than dad ever did.
■ Scott County (13-0) at Male (12-1)
■ Butler (11-2) at Meade County (11-2)
■ Pulaski County (13-0) at Anderson County (11-2)
■ John Hardin (11-2) at Bowling Green (12-0)
■ Highlands (12-1) at Lexington Catholic (10-3)
■ Collins (11-2) at Owensboro (11-2)
■ Wayne County (13-0) at Paducah Tilghman (8-5)
■ Belfry (12-1) at Bourbon County (13-0)
■ Newport Central Catholic (9-4) at Somerset (8-4)
■ DeSales (12-1) at Murray (9-4)
■ Frankfort (11-2) at Mayfield (12-1)
■ Raceland (11-2) at Williamsburg (10-2)