by Brian Calloway, LSJ
Logan Lefke hasn’t quite felt completely healthy for most of the season.
That hasn’t stopped the senior from finding a way to help the Portland football team capture a second straight outright CAAC White championship.
Lefke has been one of the key players in the Raiders’ success the last two years and had his biggest outing of the season last week while helping Portland wrap up the outright CAAC White crown with a victory over Williamston.
Lefke ran for a season-high 197 yards and four touchdowns – three in the second half – to help key the 40-21 win over the Hornets for the Division 5 No. 4-ranked Raiders.
“I think our line had the best game blocking that they ever had,” said Lefke, who wasvoted the Lansing State Journal high school athlete of the week. “They do a great job at what they do. I felt healthier than I have at the beginning and middle of this regular season. I felt really good that night.”
Portland coach John Novara has been pleased with the impact Lefke has made on his program the last two seasons. Lefke has a team-high 573 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and also has made a mark on defense this fall to help put the Raiders two wins away from a second straight perfect regular season.
“He’s playing both offense and defense, and we think he’s a great cornerback,” Novara said. “He got a little bit dinged up early in the season and he’s been kind of nursing an injury for most of the season and playing at about 80 percent and getting back closer and closer (to being) healthy. We haven’t actually given him a lot of carries this season. We were in a situation on Friday night where we had to ask him to take the load and get things done and he responded well and did a great job.
“The best thing I can say about him is that his numbers are way down this year, but he’s never once complained and just kept playing hard and kept being a team player for us. We’ve just been very happy with what he’s doing on the football field. I think he can have a night like he had on Friday night every night.”
Lefke is pleased he’s been able play a part in Portland completing its mission of winning another CAAC White championship.
“(Repeating as league champs) was a goal from right even after the end of last year,” Lefke said. “Our coaches always talk about how winning the league is one of the bigger accomplishments in high school sports. To work for something as hard as we did like that and to accomplish that means a lot to all of us. To win it outright means even more.”