Big first half propels Grizzlies past Mustangs in region clash

HYRUM – If there was any doubt as to which team was best in the valley, the Logan High football team removed it with a 49-7 victory over rival Mountain Crest on Thursday night at Lynn R. Miller Field in Hyrum.

“Fantastic for our guys, valley championship on the line, playing against a team like Mountain Crest that has great history against us, many great games. I was proud that our guys did not lose focus,” said Logan head coach Mike Favero. “We came out and played our best half of the year. That was a perfect first half.”

The Grizzlies put up 21 points before the Mustangs picked up their first first down, and quarterback Chase Nelson had an absolute field day with five touchdowns – four through the air and one on the ground. Nelson amassed nearly 350 yards of offense in the first half alone.

A long run from Nelson set up Logan’s first score, which the senior capped with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tanner McIntire. On their next drive, Nelson found Chad Artist on a 5-yard slant pass for a 14-0 lead.

And as if things couldn’t get worse for Mountain Crest, the Mustangs muffed the ensuing kickoff and were forced to start inside their own 10-yard-line. Three plays later Logan recovered a fumble for a touchdown and led 28-0 with more than three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Grizzlies added another touchdown before the quarter ended on a 4-yard touchdown run by Kyler Freeman, and after Nelson found Taylor Compton for a touchdown early in the second, Freeman set up another McIntire touchdown for a 49-0 lead at the half.

“It was way fun,” Freeman said. “It was crazy, it was cold and wet but we just went through it and came out on top.”

The Mustangs’ woes continued in the second half as they fumbled on their first possession, but Mountain Crest managed a touchdown with two minutes left in the game to avoid the shutout.

Mountain Crest fell to 1-7 overall with the loss, all but ending their chance at making the state playoffs. It would be the first time since 2003 that the Mustangs failed to make the playoffs. Logan meanwhile, improved to 8-0 and clinched the Region 5 title and No. 1 seed for the state tournament.

“They’re just a whole lot better than us right now,” Mountain Crest head coach Mark Wootten said. “Nelson just makes things happen. Their scheme really works well with him.”

The Grizzlies will host Herriman in non-region play on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. while Mountain Crest travels to Box Elder the same day at 7 p.m.

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