Bourne High School lined up for the last time on the gridiron for the fall yesterday, and one of the players that the Canalmen leaned on heavily was senior Logan Cook. Throughout the 2021 season Cook has been the most consistent two-way player for the Canalmen, running over teams on offense while running them down on defense.
The son of Melissa Moody and Mark Cook has been the heart and soul of the football team all year long. Off the field he is a strong student who is consistently on the honor roll and loves AP Physics class the most.
Logan’s most-prized possession is a newspaper article that was written about him that he saved to motivate him. He said that his go-to meal is sushi, something he could eat every day, and he also loves lava cake and Mountain Dew. Eminem and 21 Pilots are his favorite recording artists and his favorite movies are “Home Alone 2” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Now he hopes to steal Thanksgiving from Wareham.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I grew up watching football with my family and slowly fell in love with it. When I was 8 years old, I started playing it and grew bonds with people whom I now call brothers, and it plays a key role in my life, creating happiness to spend time with my friends to play a game every week. And with these years of playing football I feel as if my role on the field is to teach others who are new on techniques and ways to improve their ability to ball out on the field and to make memorable plays.
It’s been a rough season for the Canalmen overall, but the team seems to be playing better of late. What has this season been like emotionally, and how has the team been able to stay positive?
One thing I’ve always said to them this season is that they are young, and me being the only senior means they aren’t losing much next season. So I have been keeping them optimistic about how this season is going, and what we learned and what we can improve on next year.
How do you think your game as a football player has evolved over the years?
I feel that from the age of 8 to 18 I have learned many, many things, and overall learned how to get faster and quicker, and since I don’t have the height for the game, I have evolved into being a quick and flexible running back, while also packing a punch.
You have been preparing for the annual game against Wareham. Having not played last year on Turkey Day, what does it mean to you and the seniors to get to play them this year at home, and what will it take for Bourne to win?
It feels amazing. We’ve been excited and amped up for this game; as usual we have been adding some fun plays to try out and I just can’t wait to go out and play my final game with my friends, while hopefully making history as well, beating Wareham four times in a row on Thanksgiving.
Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about football that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?
Being well-balanced and having good feet placement. You can be stronger than others, and faster, but if you don’t have good feet, then you will be beat most of the time, no matter what.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I would think they would say that I am quick and strong, while also being able to take on a block as well for my other backs allowing for a flexible running back.
You also play baseball at BHS. How much are you looking forward to that season, and what do you think the team will be like?
This will be my first time playing at BHS. I used to play in an all-star league when I was younger, so it’s gonna take a bit of practicing to get back into rhythm, but I’m excited to see what the team is capable of and have fun with them.
Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
When I was at UCT they barely played me on the freshman team because I was so small, and so I only played on special teams and blocked as a running back on offense. And so during one of the home games, the other team punted the ball and I returned it for a 70-yard touchdown, and also ended up rushing for a touchdown, too, resulting in a win. And I feel this stands ou,t but they didn’t believe in me, but I did and pushed myself to prove to them I can be reliable.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
Winning the Turkey Day game every year I’ve been at BHS.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
Justin McHugh, not because he was the brightest, but because he was the most physical player I’ve ever matched up against. People never really like hitting, so practice was easy but he loved to hit so every day was a challenge and was fun.
Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?
My old coaches, back in the day, Coach Craig, Coach Eric, Coach OB, and Coach Keith all played a key role since they coached me for about four to five years, and to this day we are still close, since we built such a strong bond, and they taught me not only as a player but a person as well on how to be the best I can.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
Before every game I try to listen to Eminem, since he’s my favorite artist, and if I don’t listen to him, then I try and listen to NF, who is another artist I like.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I’ve learned that no matter the record that season, the friendships you make are the most important thing possible.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?
I’d say being able to read minds because then I’d be able to tell what people are thinking, and know what they are going to say before they say it.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my family, since they help drive me and keep me competitive and to keep me focused. I’d also like to thank my coaches, since they help teach me every day on how to become a better athlete and to help me strive for something bigger and push my limits.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Even though I’ve played football all my life, I actually enjoy soccer just as much as football, because before football I played soccer and loved it.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would want to switch with Tom Brady just to find out the best way to stay in great shape and to see firsthand how to be the best.
Describe your idea of the perfect day?
A perfect day consists of waking up early and going out with friends and then getting food, and then going home and just relaxing the rest of the day.
What are your post high school plans?
I’m hoping to attend college at my number-one school of choice of Arizona State University to attend a criminal law class and become a cop.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully doing my dream job of becoming a federal agent or a detective.