Turnovers, turmoil, and tears.
It was an undesired recipe for the Logan High football team against Olympus on Friday in a game that put an end to the Grizzlies season, 23-21 at Crimson Field.
“We fought to the bitter end, no excuses,” Logan head coach Mike Favero said. “We had to deal with adversity, but it is what it is. We lost the game.”
The Titans shocked the Grizzlies early, intercepting two of quarterback Kinkade Wildman’s first three passes — including a pick-6 on the games first play from scrimmage. The second interception set Olympus up for a short touchdown run and 13-0 lead.
Olympus extended the lead to 20-0 on Coleman Meier’s second rushing touchdown midway through the second quarter.
But Logan wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
Wildman led the Grizzlies down the field and hit Chad Artist on a 26-yard touchdown pass, and on the final play of the half, Wildman escaped pressure and Logan nearly had a hail mary prayer answered.
That prayer was answered in the second half.
Senior Taylor Compton caught a 9-yard touchdown from Wildman, and after an Olympus field goal, Wildman put a long pass down the middle of the field.
Two Titan defenders were there to bat the ball away, but the Grizzlies got a fortunate bounce and the ball fell to wide receiver Hartman Rector who took the pass the distance for the score and Logan was within two at 23-21.
Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, they were unable to capitalize on two opportunities to drive the field for a potential game-winning field goal attempt.
“I couldn’t be prouder than to end it with the group that’s in that locker room, man. We gave everything we had out there tonight,” Compton said. “Win or lose, if you give everything, you have no regrets at the end of the day.”
Favero took time after the final whistle to hug players as they came off the field and said he was proud of the team’s resiliency.
“ “That’s the character of our team,” Favero said. “We never felt like we were down and out. In fact, at halftime we felt we were going to win the game.”
The Grizzlies finished the season 12-1.