Athlete of the Month: Logan Tierney

By Steve Svetovich

Logan Tierney did it all. 

The 6-2, 195-pound junior excelled on both ends of the ball as the Holy Cross Crusaders football team snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 34-28 opening day win over Holy Redeemer Saturday, Aug. 28, at Saint Anthony’s Memorial Park, Dunmore.

Logan dominated the contest at both his tailback and outside linebacker positions.

He rushed for 242 yards on 22 carries while scoring three touchdowns on runs of one, five and 50 yards. His first touchdown came in the second quarter and the final two were in the final quarter. 

From his outside linebacker position, he contributed double-digit tackles to lead the Holy Cross defense.

Holy Cross, two years removed from cancelling the 2019 season because of low participation, ended a 13-game losing streak, posting their first win since Sept. 1, 2018, when the Crusaders beat Montrose, 13-6. 

Holy Cross senior Gavyn Grems added 87 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 26-yard bolt in the third quarter giving the Crusaders a 21-14 lead. Holy Cross did not look back.

Logan’s one-yard plunge gave Holy Cross a 7-0 lead after the extra point, with 11:24 left in the second quarter. His 50-yard sprint gave the Crusaders a 34-21 lead, with 1:58 left in the game. His six-yard burst for a touchdown came with 5:22 left in the contest.

Son of Tom and Angela Tierney, Logan is a three-year member of the Holy Cross football team. He has been a forward for the past two years on the basketball team. He has a 3.4 academic grade point average. His best subjects are English and history.

Logan said he is learning a lot from new Holy Cross head football coach Joe Giorgio.

“He has a lot of knowledge about the game. He is a very determined and patient coach. He devised a great playbook for us. He goes over all the plays with everyone very patiently.”

Logan said his mom and dad taught him a lot. “They tell me to always act like you have been there before. Be classy and respectful and stay humble. Keep to yourself.”

The junior standout talked about what it takes to be a good tailback in high school football. “You need good field vision. You need to be strong and patient. And you need a good line.”

And to excel as an outside linebacker? “You need a lot of patience and field awareness of your surroundings. You need to be able to follow good instructions and listen to your coaches.”

Logan said his hobbies are sports, lifting, and hanging with friends. He enjoys music and would like to see Travis Scott in concert.

The scholar-athlete said he has aspirations to eventually become a physical therapist. His big dream would be to attend Notre Dame. 

He loves Holy Cross High School. “I absolutely love it here,” he said. “It’s a great school. The teachers are very nice and will do anything to help you. The principal, administration and staff root for you on the football field or in any other sport. There is a lot of school unity.”

He talked about both team and personal goals. “We want to win as many football games as possible and finish with a winning record. We want a positive record. I would like to rush for at least 600 yards and maybe even 1,000 and score at least 10 touchdowns to help us win games. In basketball, we are shooting for another district title and to go as far as possible in states. I also want to make high honors in all four quarters.”

The diminutive and speedy tailback said his performance in helping his team win the first game of the season felt pretty good. “It was an amazing feeling,” he said. “Last season was not the greatest. This first game was high impact. It felt terrific to get this win.”

Logan Tierney Aiming to Lead Holy Cross to Respectability

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.”