Dynamic `Digger Duo'

Frosh footballers Logan Ginter, Cooper Needham gain valuable experience as varsity starters

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/13/21

Future foes of Clear Creek's football team should prepare for trouble, and make it double, because freshmen Logan Ginter and Cooper Needham have arrived on the varsity scene. During the Sept. 4 home …

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Dynamic `Digger Duo'

Frosh footballers Logan Ginter, Cooper Needham gain valuable experience as varsity starters

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Future foes of Clear Creek's football team should prepare for trouble, and make it double, because freshmen Logan Ginter and Cooper Needham have arrived on the varsity scene.

During the Sept. 4 home opener against Florence, the Golddiggers were down 13 players because of injuries and COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

So, Logan and Cooper had their first starts in varsity football, as running back and quarterback, respectively.

The two have been friends since fourth grade, and have played sports and worked summer jobs together. In middle school football, they started learning how to predict what the other was going to do on the field.

On Sept. 4, that dynamic was thrown off by the freshmen duo's relative inexperience and the Huskies' crushing defense. The Golddiggers had missed blocks, tackles and handoffs, which led to fumbles, interceptions and — ultimately — a 71-0 win for Florence.

But, the game was valuable learning experience for all the underclassmen.

Coach Danion Baca felt the Golddiggers did OK considering that they had nine freshmen on the field and that Florence is one of the top-ranked teams in the state.

Logan and Cooper described how they missed handoffs, ran the wrong routes on a few plays, and overall didn't communicate like they should've. They plan to improve on these things ahead of Friday's homecoming game, where they both anticipate playing time although maybe elsewhere on the field.

While Logan and Cooper had their individual mistakes during the Florence game, Baca commented that they're already becoming leaders among the underclassmen.

“The young players are committed to the program,” he said. “ … They're buying in, and it starts with those two.”

Football and friends

After seeing each other at sporting events for five years, the Ginter and Needham families naturally ended up sitting next to each other at the Sept. 4 game.

Evergreen's Pam Ginter and Genesee's Bill Needham both described how happy they were to see Logan and Cooper starting against Florence.

Bill commented how, after playing sports, weightlifting, skiing and working together, the two have become good friends off the field and a great team on it.

“They are heavy competitors with each other,” Pam said of the pair's friendship. “They push each other.”

Beau Campbell, who coached the two for the school's boxing club, anticipated that they will become leaders and role models in the near future, because they're willing to take on extra tasks and they have a good rapport with others at the school.

Campbell believed their leadership will extend beyond football, and into other sports and aspects of school-life.

When it comes to football, though, Logan and Cooper have individual goals during their high school careers, but one they share is to have a winning season as Golddiggers.

Beyond that, the two want to play college football together.

And they have the determination and teamwork to make either or both goals happen.

“(Logan) is very competitive,” Cooper said. “He doesn't stop, no matter what.”

Meanwhile, Logan said of his friend: “(Cooper) is always trying his best. He's always keeping the energy up.”

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