VINCENT - Warren is in a spoiler's role - sort of.
With a win at Logan Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the Warriors (3-6, 1-2) can prevent the Billy Burke-coached Chieftains (5-4), 3-0 from claiming the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title outright.
Already, Logan owns a share of the crown, its first since 2009, with its 35-21 triumph over defending SEOAL champion Gallia Academy last Friday night.
"I have a great respect for the Logan program and Coach Burke has done a great job this season," said Warren head football coach Andy Schob. "But obviously this is one game, we will do everything we can to stop them from achieving their goals. If there is still a game to be played, we have a lot to play for.
"This group of young men has had a great opportunity to play in some incredible environments this season. The final game of the season will add to that list. An awesome facility will be packed with their (Logan) fans wanting to see that happen, but these are the challenges that make high school football great."
Warren was actually hoping to get a share of the title itself, but with its 26-12 setback to visiting Portsmouth last Friday night, that goal won't be realized this season.
Against the Trojans, the Warriors struggled and found themselves trailing 26-0 going into the fourth quarter. The royal blue and white scored twice in the final period on quarterback Austin Klintworth's touchdown throws to David Ryan and Jake Powell, respectively. But of course it was too little, too late.
Meanwhile, over in Gallipolis at Memorial Field that same evening, 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior Isaac Schmeltzer rushed for 132 yards and a couple of TD runs to help Logan beat the Blue Devils.
Against Warren, the Chieftain signal caller is expected to be 6-foot, 185-pound senior Nick Kost, who has a 6-8, 225-pound junior receiver in Kevin Fisher.
No matter what the outcome is this Friday night, this game will be both Warren's and Logan's season finale. Neither will be competing in the postseason.
The Warriors have had kind of an up and down fall campaign on the gridiron, highlighted by wins against Marietta, Parkersburg South, and Gallia Academy.
"While the record and outcomes have not been what everyone wanted, this team has battled, and demonstrating the work ethic and character of winners, on and off the field," Schob said. "These qualities make them successful in life."