By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross sophomore Logan Tierney plays several roles on the Holy Cross Crusaders football team.
He is a two-way starter at middle linebacker and tight end. And he also returns kicks.
A 39-yard return on a kickoff helped lead Holy Cross to its first score of this season in a 55-7 loss to tough Lackawanna Trail.
Tierney is one of 21 players currently on this year’s team. Holy Cross did not field a team last season due to not having enough players.
He also starts as a power forward for veteran coach Al Callejas on the Holy Cross basketball team.
Son of Angela and Thomas Tierney, Logan has an impressive 3.3 academic average at Holy Cross. His favorite subject is history.
The sophomore scholar-athlete said his parents are his biggest supporters.
“No matter whether I have a good game or bad game, they are always behind me and always have my back. If it’s a bad game, they tell me I will bounce back the next one.”
He talked about the potential growth of the team and the football program at Holy Cross. “We are going to be a decent team this season and in the future. We need to be patient and develop as a team. We certainly have the potential to develop this year and in the future.”
Logan said he is learning a lot from Holy Cross head football coach Dave Gatto. “He teaches us that no matter what type of adversity or road blocks we have as a team, that we just have to stick together as a team and push through it.”
Unlike many of his current teammates who have no prior football experience, Logan played midget football in Valley View leagues. He has grown to love the game.
He enjoys playing the middle linebacker position on defense and said to excel you need to practice tackling, move well and be strong. He said you need to both block and catch well to be a good tight end in high school football.
Logan said he likes Holy Cross a lot and wants to graduate with honors and “absolutely” play football in college.
“Those are the goals,” he said.
He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and particularly likes the Zach Brown Band who he saw in concert.
Logan said he was “very ready” to play football this season after his school’s one year hiatus. “I could not wait to get started. We will get better week by week. We need to be patient. More than half of the kids on our team never played before. I think only seven played before. But we will still work hard to get better and compete.”