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Size, speed and a lot more for running back Hofstedt

October 12, 2018

L. Hofstedt

CANNON FALLS — It wasn’t by choice. At least not right away.

Logan Hofstedt simply needed to get to school. And if he was going to get there, it was going to have to be by way of the Cannon Falls High School weight room.

That weight room was the first stop each morning for sister Madasyn and brother Mason, and they were Logan’s ride.

So at 5:50 each morning, starting in the fourth grade, there he was, wiping the crust out of his eyes while surrounded by dumbbells.

It’s a routine that Hofstedt has followed ever since.

But all you need is one look at Hofstedt to realize that the Cannon Falls High School weight room has been much more than just a waking-up place for him.

He got busy in there — starting as that little 9-year-old — and has never let up. Hofstedt is now a chiseled 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and the proud owner of a host of Cannon Falls lifting records.

He’s also arguably the best high school football player that Cannon Falls has ever had, thanks in good part to all of those lifts.

“Logan wouldn’t be the player that he is today if it weren’t for all of that lifting,” Cannon Falls football coach Dan Meyers said. “He’s one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had. It’s amazing what he does in (the weight room).”

Zumbrota-Mazeppa football players would say that it’s amazing what Hofstedt does on a football field, too. They wouldn’t be the only ones. After all, the senior running back/defensive end has 4.7 40-yard dash speed, and he was unstoppable against the Cougars, rushing for a school-record 403 yards.

It’s a mark that had stood since 2016, set by none other than Hofstedt’s brother, Mason. The current North Dakota State redshirt freshman football player dashed for 336 yards in a single game his senior year.

Mason, the biggest influence in Logan’s football life, wasn’t crazy about his record being broken. But if it had to be done by someone, Logan was a good choice.

“He was disappointed because he liked having that record,” said Logan, who credits Mason’s example for giving him his intensity in football. “But he was happy for me.”

BACK FROM INJURY

Were it not for a shoulder injury that ended Logan’s season at the mid-point last year, he might be a threat to more of Mason’s rushing records at Cannon Falls.

But he sat out his team’s final six games after having gained 652 yards.

It was an awful month for Logan, having his favorite toy — football — taken away. But it has also made this season so much sweeter, with him savoring every minute of it.

“It’s just a great time, being with these (Cannon Falls teammates),” said Hofstedt, whose Bombers are on a two-game winning streak after starting the season 0-4. “It’s amazing doing this one last time.”

Cannon Falls coach Meyers doesn’t like to be reminded that this is the last season that Hofstedt will be wearing a Bombers uniform.

He’s been a dream player for him, combining a never-ending passion for the game with loads of talent and will.

“Logan loves football,” Meyers said. “I’ll get a text from him in January, with him telling me he is watching film of one of our opponents and that he might have an idea what we could do against them (the next season). He’s like a coach on the field.”

That makes sense, since coaching is in his blood. Father Josh was the head coach for the Bombers before Meyers took over two years ago.

While Logan’s high school career is nearing its end, his football career is far from over. He will take his football act to North Dakota State next season, where he will join his brother on its perennial powerhouse team.

The Bison, it seems, are getting a great one.

“I don’t even want to think about next year and what we’ll do without him,” Meyers said. “It’s rare that you get a player who is that big, that fast, and who is also a great kid and a leader. He’s the total package.”

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