LODI QB HAS A LOT ON HIS PLATE

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Bush NEWS-SEN­TINEL SPORTS WRITER

Lo­gan Stout played two sports dur­ing a four-hour time frame on Wed­nes­day.

The Lodi High se­nior, now stand­ing an even 6-foot and 165pounds, is used to stay­ing very ac­tive. That is be­cause he is one of the few high school stu­dentsath­letes in to­day’s gen­er­a­tion who plays three-sports.

“Tired,” Stout said about jump­ing from prac­tice to prac­tice. “But I’ve been do­ing it since be­ing younger. Just a daily thing.”

Lodi football coach Ge­orge Due­nas added, “Lo­gan is a great ex­am­ple of what a three­sport ath­lete should look like. It’s OK to go ahead and shoot around (a basketball) dur­ing the football sea­son.”

On early Wed­nes­day evening at Lodi High, Stout and mem­bers of the Lodi High football team fin­ished con­di­tion­ing drills at Don Womble Field. From July 8 un­til Satur­day, July 27, the Flames and the rest of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion high school football teams can take part in weight train­ing and con­di­tion­ing drills dur­ing the dead pe­riod. But the use of a football dur­ing those ses­sions is pro­hib­ited un­til Mon­day, July 29 — that’s when the first day of prac­tices can be­gin.

A nim­ble quar­ter­back like Stout has given Due­nas an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the Flames’ play­book in pre­par­ing for the sea­son.

“He’s a lot more con­fi­dent be­ing com­pet­i­tive,” Due­nas said. “He’s do­ing a bet­ter job be­ing a leader and his work ethics. That’s pretty nice.”

In a 7-on-7 game against the Lib­erty Ranch High football team at Hawk Sta­dium in June, Stout played quar­ter­back and wide re­ceiver. He also played safety when the Flames were on de­fense.

“That was fun,” said Stout of play­ing the two po­si­tions against Galt’s sec­ond high school. “I just want to be on the field.”

Due­nas added, “You might see him in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. Hon­estly, Lo­gan is our best ath­lete on our team. We’re go­ing to be putting him ev­ery­where. When we need some­one to make plays, he’s al­ways go­ing to be the guy to step up.”

Stout, who car­ries a 3.2 grade point av­er­age, has posted im­pres­sive num­bers in football, base­ball and basketball.

The 2018 Lodi football squad went 3-7 with a 2-3 mark in the Tri-City Ath­letic League. Now that the sec­tion uses cal­preps.com’s rat­ing to de­ter­mine play­off teams in all seven divi­sions, Lodi fin­ished with 6.9 rat­ing. Three of its losses were by seven touch­downs or less.

In other words, one or two more wins would’ve given Lodi its first play­off berth since the 2011 sea­son when Lodi posted a 5-6 record.

“This year more peo­ple have bought in, which makes the dif­fer­ence,” Stout said.

Dur­ing the 2018 sea­son, Stout com­pleted 52 of 107 passes for 826 yards, 8 touch­downs and 8 in­ter­cep­tions. On the ground, he had 138 car­ries for 585 yards, av­er­ag­ing 4.2 yards per carry, and 10 touch­downs for a com­bined 18 touch­downs. Stout led

the team in to­tal of­fen­sive yards with 1,411.

But there is one num­ber that Stout and Flames are fo­cused on this up­com­ing football sea­son.

“Four­teen,” said Stout, mean­ing the num­ber of games Lodi would need to reach the sec­tion cham­pi­onship game. “That’s what we’re look­ing for­ward to. Play­offs would be amaz­ing, but just to go deep in the play­offs and win­ning it all would be a dream come true.”

In ad­di­tion to get­ting ready for the up­com­ing football sea­son this sum­mer, Stout, who has been a three-year starter on the Lodi High base­ball team, has been play­ing for the River City Out­laws and the Nor Cal Val­ley squads.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Stout of play­ing on the two travel base­ball teams. “Go­ing down to Los Angeles in a cou­ple of weeks (for a tour­na­ment). So that will be fun.”

Base­ball is the sport Stout has shined for Lodi, which won the TCAL ti­tle last spring. A three­year starter at short­stop and pitcher, Stout bat­ted .304 with 19 RBIs. He had stolen 11 bases out of 14 at­tempts.

On the mound for the Flames, Stout had a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA. His earned run av­er­age was bet­ter than the 2018 sea­son, which was 3.08 and a 5-3 record. Dur­ing the 2018 sea­son, Stout bat­ted .319. As a fresh­man on the 2017 Lodi base­ball squad, he bat­ted .195.

If there is a sport he’d like to play in col­lege in which a schol­ar­ship is of­fered, Stout hopes that it would be base­ball. He’s also open to play­ing football in col­lege, also on a schol­ar­ship.

“Just play­ing, look­ing for an of­fer,” Stout said. “Look­ing for some­one to come look at me. Even basketball.”

In be­tween football and base­ball, Stout has found time to be in­doors, play­ing on the Lodi High boys basketball team. Last win­ter, Stout av­er­aged 5.0 points per game.

But con­tin­u­ing to­day un­til the start of the football sea­son, Stout and the Flames are look­ing to reach 14 games — but one game at a time.

“Yeah,” Stout con­cluded.

NEWS-SEN­TINEL FILE PHO­TOS BY MIKE BUSH/

Above: Lodi quar­ter­back Lo­gan Stout takes the snap dur­ing a 7-on-7 pass­ing game against Lib­erty Ranch at Hawk Sta­dium on June 26. Be­low: Stout went the dis­tance on the mound in a Tri-City Ath­letic League base­ball game against West at Zupo Field on April 26.

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