Grizzlies take state with 26-15 win over Dixie

SALT LAKE CITY – Hunter Horsley added his name to the list of Logan High quarterbacks to help bring his school a state title. The senior ran for 258 yards and two touchdowns while completing 20-of-29 passes for 178 yards and another touchdown to lead the Grizzlies to a 26-15 victory over the Dixie Flyers in the 3AA championship game Friday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“He’s been inspired by all the previous Qbs like DJ Nelson, Ben Macey, Jared Lowe, Riley Nelson and Luke Falk,” head coach Mike Favero said. “The legacy of quarterbacks at Logan High is off the charts. He wanted to win for them.”

A stubborn Logan defense kept Dixie scoreless though the first half while the offense jumped out to an early lead. The Grizzlies were able to pick up a 25-yard field goal on its first drive after running seven times for 53 yards. All but 1-yard and one rushing attempt during the drive was attributed to Horsley.

“I was going to ride Hunter Horsley all the way to the state title,” Favero said. “My belief is you win with your best players and he’s one of our best.”

The next time the Logan offense took the field it resulted in a long drive and a missed field goal, but the defense got the ball back on an Eric Laub interception. This time Horsley led the team down field through the air. A pass for 15 yards and a subsequent one for 19 gave Logan a first-and-goal, but it once again had to settle for a field goal. The 25-yard attempt was good, giving the Grizzlies a 6-0 lead halfway through the second quarter.

The Grizzlies were able to finally get into the endzone late in the half. On third-and-7 Horsley kept the ball, avoided some tackles and sprinted 82 yards down the sideline. The touchdown gave the Grizzlies a 13-0 halftime lead.

The Dixie defense picked up an interception halfway through the third quarter. It looked as though the Logan defense would hold strong again, but a 36-yard fingertip catch from Dixie’s Hobbs Nyberg kept the drive alive and gave the Flyers momentum on Logan’s 47-yard line. Six plays later Dixie running back Jaden Harrison took the ball 10 yards into the endzone to cut the Grizzly lead to 13-7.

The Grizzly players responded to the Dixie touchdown with a 65-yard touchdown drive of their own. Wide receiver Spencer Corbett came up with two big catches on the drive. The first was a 12-yarder on third-and-10 and the second was an 8-yarder in the endzone.

“It’s what champions do,” Favero said of the drive that gave his team a 19-7 lead.

Horsley extended the lead to 26-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:58 left in the game. Dixie scored its final points with just seconds left.

Corbett had 7 catches for 110 yards, Hartman Rector had 8 catches for 52 yards. Logan had 459 total yards to Dixie’s 216.

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