It was a season Logan Bailey and Chapin fans won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Bailey, Chapin’s senior quarterback, rewrote the school’s record book in leading the Eagles to their first 11-win season since 1987 and a trip to the Class 3A upper state semifinals.
Bailey’s numbers were off the charts. He threw for 3,029 yards and rushed for 1,259 while accounting for 66 touchdowns this season, including nine in a 63-60 overtime victory over Swansea.
Bailey also had plenty of accolades as well. He was named the Class 3A Upper State Back of the Year and was a finalist for South Carolina’s Mr. Football. He is The State’s Offensive Player of the Year.
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“Logan Bailey is the best quarterback in South Carolina. Anybody who doesn’t think so has never seen him play,” Chapin coach Justin Gentry said on several occasions this year.
While Gentry and other players and coaches sang Bailey’s praises, the quarterback doesn’t say a lot about himself. Instead, he deflects the attention back on his teammates and coaching staff.
“God has blessed me and put me in a good position and I am thankful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am,” Bailey said. This season, I wanted to win and go as far as we could go (in the playoffs) and I am happy where we went.
“God has blessed me with a bunch of athletes on field and I had a really great team around me that made some great plays and really helped me out.”
Bailey didn’t start playing quarterback until he was a freshman at Chapin. He told his father John, an assistant at Chapin, that he wanted to play the position and his dad told him to give it a try.
John Bailey said the Chapin started tinkering with the offense and designed something that suited Bailey’s ability to both run and pass the football when he was ready to take over the offense. As a junior, Bailey threw for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 before his record-setting senior season.
“It was a perfect match and we had the pieces. He just kind of blossomed as a quarterback and made good reads. Even when he makes poor reads, he can bail us out,” John Bailey said. “I don’t think anyone is disappointed with the final results. The statistics speak for themselves and the touchdowns speak for themselves.”
Bailey finished his career with 7,501 total yards and 103 touchdowns. He capped off his career with an MVP performance in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl after throwing for 272 yards and accounting for four touchdowns in the North’s 37-27 victory.
“When you are playing there it is on a whole another level,” Bailey said of the all-star appearance. “All these guys are playmakers. They are captains of their teams. It is a great feeling out there.”
Bailey now will turn his attention on to recruiting. He has visits lined up next month at Newberry, Presbyterian and The Citadel. Newberry is the only school to offer him at this point.
“I don’t care where I go as long as I am happy where I go,” Bailey said.