<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Turnovers and penalties plagued both teams Saturday, as the Logan Stampede fell to the Wasatch Revolution in a lopsided affair, 35-23, at Logan High School.
“It’s the same positives every week,” Logan head coach Bracken Atkinson said. “We just keep fighting and we play through the whistle. We have a chance and then we make a mistake. At some point you have to stop making mistakes if you’re going to play big boy football.”
Both squads entered the game tied for fifth in the division with identical 3-3 records. With seeding up for grabs, it was the Revolution that drew first blood, marching 80 yards and chewing up the clock en route to a 7-0 lead.
The Stampede secondary struggled to stop Wasatch’s passing attack, which was led by quarterback Charlie Peterson. The BYU Alum went 7-for-9 with 119 yards in the first quarter, while Logan’s offense struggled to cover any ground.
Momentum shifted in Logan’s favor late in the first as the Stampede scored 10 points in seven seconds. A 39-yard field goal by Logan Hull cut the deficit to four, and then on the Revolution’s first play of the ensuing drive, Brennan Alleman intercepted Peterson, returning it 24 yards for a touchdown and a three point lead.
Alleman had a solid night on both sides of the ball, finishing with 70 yards on seven receptions and a touchdown – the bulk of the Stampede’s offensive yardage.
“We were missing a lot of key guys,” Atkinson said. “I’m proud of the offense. We had some guys that haven’t played offense all year step up and play. We really piecemealed our offense together tonight.”
Turnovers hurt the Revolution in the second and third quarters, and two fumbles led to seven Stampede points at the end of the third. Logan quarterback Mike Jenkins found Alleman on a 14-yard touchdown with 1:34 left in the period to give the Stampede a 17-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Revolution to strike back.
Peterson quickly marched Wasatch down the field courtesy of a 51-yard pass play – 36 yards through the air and a 15-yard pass interference penalty. That set the Revolution up with first-and-goal to start the fourth quarter and three plays later Peterson punched the ball in on a 2-yard plunge to put Wasatch back on top for good.
The wheels came off two minutes later for the Stampede as Hull was called for an illegal kick on fourth down. A bad snap sailed over Hull’s head and inside the 10-yard line, where Hull kicked the ball off of the ground and through the back of the end zone.
Atkinson contested the call, but Wasatch gained possession on the Stampede three yard line, and halfback Ryan Lang scored one play later for a 28-17 lead.
“We’ve done it before, everybody has done it before,” Atkinson said. “That was a back-breaker. That mistake killed us. We conceded points and the ball, we were double penalized for it.”
The Revolution came in averaging 82 rushing yards per game as a team, and Lang finished with 114 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, including 99 in the first half alone.
Down two scores with time running out in their final home game, the Stampede were unable to make up any ground, and the Revolution pushed the lead to 35-17 with two minutes to go before Jenkins led a 64-yard drive for the final margin.
The teams were flagged for a combined 19 penalties for 197 yards, including five personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Those penalties included an altercation between coaching staffs at halftime.
The loss dropped Logan to 3-4 overall and into sole possession of 6th place in the division. The Stampede will close out the season on the road at the Utah Stealth on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
“We’re guaranteed playoffs, it’s just a matter of seeding at this point,” Atkinson said. “If we lose to the Stealth we turn around and play them again in the first round of the playoffs. And if we win then we probably end up playing the Revolution again.”