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Demons' Escher, Baughman sign to play college football

GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman

Ben Baughman (left), Washington football coach James Harris (standing) and Logan Escher pose for a picture Monday. Baughman signed to play football at Loras while escher will play at Waldorf.
GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman Ben Baughman (left), Washington football coach James Harris (standing) and Logan Escher pose for a picture Monday. Baughman signed to play football at Loras while escher will play at Waldorf.

Washington High School football will send at least two of its 2019 seniors on to the next level to play football.

Ben Baughman and Logan Escher signed letters of intent Monday in the high school gym.

Baughman considered Simpson College and Coe College before deciding on Loras.

“One of the biggest reasons why I decided to go to Loras is the family atmosphere,” Baughman said. “All the players and coaches are really close together. It was obvious they had good relationships there. I think it is a very nice school with a good criminal justice program. That was one of the main reasons why I chose that school. I am planning on a double major in criminal justice and psychology. I want to start out as a regular police officer and move my way up to SWAT. Ever since I was a little kid I have looked up to police officers. That made me always want to be one. I want to protect and serve the community. The campus at Loras just felt like home to me.”

Escher debated between Coe, Loras and Truman State before deciding on Waldorf.

“What made me decide on Waldorf was the way they reached out to me and kept talking to me,” Escher said. “That got my attention very quickly. It also helped that they offered a scholarship. The football team that I met was very nice and very welcoming.”

Exercise science will be his major.

“Ever since I was small, I have been interested in helping people,” Escher said. “I’ve also wanted to understand the body.”

He wants to have a career as a physical therapist. “I also thought about premed.”

Escher is going to kick in college.

“Logan is a unique anomaly,” Washington football coach James Harris said. “This is the only time I have been a coach on a team where the kicker has the biggest bench press on the team. Logan is committed to being a good specialist. He has gone to a lot of camps and really worked on developing his kicking game. He loves the weight room and training. I think he can be successful, but with all kickers, it is about what is in their head. Once he gets some confidence, I think he will end up soaring.”

Baughman is going to be a lineman.

“I’m not sure what side of the line they are going to put him on,” Harris said. “Ben moves very well. For our guys that weighed over 220 pounds, Ben did the most chin-ups, which tells me about upper body strength. I think part of it will be wherever they need him. My thought is he is more of an offensive lineman, but it depends on how big he gets and what their needs are and how he does in the weight room. Ben is a well-rounded young man. He was our lineman of the year.”