FRISCO, Texas — The Youngstown State Penguins are about to do what few people would have predicted early in the football season.

It was even beyond the wildest dreams of former Mount Vernon High School football player Logan Rhea, who is a second-year defensive back on the Penguins.

Two weeks ago, the Penguins’ run appeared to be coming to an end in Eastern Washington. Down 31-20 in the FCS semifinals, the Penguins scored three touchdowns in the final quarter to win, 40-38. Rhea was on the sideline, watching the thrilling finish that has highlighted his post high school journey.

“The reason that I chose Youngstown State was that I wanted a chance to play for a national championship,” said Rhea, who is an academic third-year pre-med major.

Photo submitted by Debra Rhea Youngstown State’s Logan Rhea poses for a photo in the locker room earlier this season. Rhea, a Mount Vernon graduate, will be with the Penguins in Saturday’s FCS National Championship against James Madison.

Photo submitted by Debra Rhea

Youngstown State’s Logan Rhea poses for a photo in the locker room earlier this season. Rhea, a Mount Vernon graduate, will be with the Penguins in Saturday’s FCS National Championship against James Madison.

 

 

Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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