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25 Days of Christmas: No. 25 James Logan

James Logan assistant/Elite Athlete's Journey's Eric Washington Jr. works out athletes on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
James Logan assistant/Elite Athlete's Journey's Eric Washington Jr. works out athletes on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

The 25 Days of Christmas is here for West Coast Preps, starting with the No. 25 team.

The rankings, which will tab the top 25 football teams in the Bay Area, begins today, followed by one team each day for the remaining 24 days after that. The No. 1 team will be unveiled on Christmas Day at WestCoastPreps.com.

Only schools located within cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the poll.

No. 25: James Logan

Historically a premier program in the East Bay, James Logan is right back in the thick of things under head coach Ricky Rodriguez and company.

Since taking over the reins at James Logan in 2018, Rodriguez – the former Encinal head coach who guided the Jets to two straight league crowns to cap off his tenure there – has the Colts rising under his tutelage. James Logan went 7-4 and made a playoff berth in 2018, followed by a 9-2 campaign and another trip to the North Coast Section playoffs last season.

James Logan’s only two losses in 2019 came to Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga), 16-14, in the season opener, along with a 41-0 defeat to Pittsburg in the quarterfinals, sprinkling in a nine-game winning streak in between those two contests. 

During that 2019 season, James Logan outscored opponents by a whopping 445-162 margin. 

A plethora of talent returns from that team, including senior quarterback/safety Shamoun Duncan-Niulsulu, who boasts three offers from Black Hills State, Rocky Mountain College and Stetson. Duncan-Niusulu and the Colts scored 48-plus points in six of their 11 games, including a pair of 68-point outbursts.

Marquee games on the schedule this year include a Jan. 22 non-league home tilt with Monte Vista, along with matchups against Moreau Catholic on March 5 and San Leandro on March 19.

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