POLK COUNTY

Lake Gibson’s Logan Hackett, Established Control

He was in a position battle at the beginning of the year midway through established control of the offense and really flourished with decision making. 

Robert Paxia on his junior QB Logan Hackett

Fueled by a second-round loss in 2019 in a wild 6A game vs Charlotte (Punta Gorda, FL) which ended in a 45 – 42 score in favor of Charlotte, The Lake Gibson Braves are excited for the chance to make another state-run as they did in 2016.

  • 2016 13-1
  • Head Coach Doug DeMyer
  • District Champions
  • Regional Champions
  • State Runner-Up

Robert Paxia took the lead in 2019 as Doug DeMyer stepped down. Led the Braves to an 11-1 season with a #2 Playoff seed. One reason for the success was then-sophomore QB, Logan Hackett. “He was in a position battle at the beginning of the year midway through established control of the offense and really flourished with decision making.” Said Paxia. Evident in his seven TD passes the first three games.

Logan ended the season with 25 TD passes averaging 141 passing yards per game. “Last year was my first year playing on varsity so coming in I didn’t know much about all the little things it takes to be a good QB” Logan stated. “I didn’t know any coverages coming in but Coach Paxia worked with me a lot and things kept progressing each week. So this year coming in I just feel like I’m understanding a lot more and feel confident with myself and my teammates.”

Just 10 interceptions for the first-year varsity player and five games with a 100+ QBR which is a direct result of his work ethic and attitude. “Great kid with a great personality. Works hard. The Toughest quarterback I’ve ever been around. He will stare down the barrel and deliver the throw knowing he’s going to take a shot which is a rare trait these days.” – Robert Paxia

As a quarterback leadership is always number one. Last year I wasn’t too much of a leader. But this year I have more respect and I’m getting older and feel like my leadership level is going to be a lot higher this year.

Logan hackett

2020 has been a crazy year and don’t be surprised if the football season is a reflection of that. For the Braves the mission is simple, stay focused, control the controllables and earn wins. Hackett will be a big piece of the puzzle. Blessed with talented teammates and great coaches, Hackett is primed to have a great season.

Paxia finished with, “Our expectation is for him to lead the offense. Last year he was just learning the schemes and trying to figure out what we were asking him to get to in different situations. This offseason we have dug into the finer details and small adjustments based off his comfort. He has a better understanding of protections and where the hot is potentially coming from. Fully expect him to pick up above where we left off last season.”