LUCAS -- Junior quarterback Logan Niswander fired a 40-yard TD pass on Saturday night in a Division VII regional title game. He also played his normal standout game at free safety, where he was a first-team all-Northwest Ohio selection this season.
But it was the post-game actions of the Lucas High School star after a 21-14 loss to Glouster Trimble that gained perhaps the most attention. It also earned him Richland Bank Athlete of the Week recognition.
As the two teams lined up and shook hands after the hard-fought game, Niswander reached the end of the line.
He spotted injured star Trimble fullback/middle linebacker Sawyer Koons, who had left the game in the third quarter and was unable to leave the bench for the handshakes.
Niswander ran to the opposing bench and shook the injured player's hand, congratulating him on the win and making sure he was included in the traditional post-game salute.
The classy move was captured on video and quickly made its presence known on social media on Sunday. It was posted on Twitter by Trimble assistant coach Austin Downs, who said, "Wow. QB of the team who falls short in a regional championship game on a last second TD, rushes over to shake the hand of the MLB/FB that left the game with a serious injury in the 3rd quarter. Just wow, much to respect to this kid/team/community."
It came as no surprise to Lucas High School coach Scott Spitler.
"Logan is a high-character kid, hard working and a competitor. His actions also reflect the culture of our program. We will fight hard to the end, but when it's done, the kids all know it's just a game," Spitler said. "Even after a heart-breaking loss, he took it upon himself to show the proper respect for a fallen competitor who didn't get to finish the game."
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Niswander took over the starting QB role midway through his sophomore year. Even in the ground-and-pound Cubs' offense, Niswander made his presence felt.
"We don't make any bones about it. We are a run-first offense," Spitler said. "But Logan does whatever he can to help his teammates and make us succeed as team."
Though football season for the Cubs (10-3) ended on Saturday night, the versatile Niswander is just getting started. He is a three-sport athlete who has already earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball for the Cubs.