High school football: MVPs made dominant impact

Published: Thursday, Dec. 1 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

"He could beat you both running as well as throwing the ball, and I think all defensive coordinators will tell you that's the most difficult player to defend," said Favero.

Nelson had a winner's mentality that you simply can't coach.

In Logan's 18-11 championship victory over East, Nelson was bottled up nearly the entire game. Late in the game though, when plays needed to be made, Nelson delivered, including the game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds remaining.

"Great quarterbacks are measured by winning games and most importantly winning championships, and the way to establish yourself as one of the truly greats is to win a championship," said Favero.

Nelson has verbally committed to Utah State, and at 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds, many wonder if he's big enough to succeed. He's tough enough to get the job done, and he's proved people wrong all year.


Brian Scott, Hurricane

Despite great players and great teams the past few years, Hurricane could never quite summit the 3A mountain.

Fullback Brian Scott was a man on a mission to halt that frustration.

"If your best players are your hardest workers then you have something special, and that's what we had this year," said Hurricane coach Chris Homer.

Scott wasn't the only player who falls into the mold, but certainly was the most dominating. The 220-pound bruiser carried the ball 210 times for 1,638 yards and 31 touchdowns.

In Hurricane's 38-35 semifinal win over Spanish Fork, he carried it 36 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Despite suffering through an extremely painful shin injury the following week in the championship, Scott gutted it out with 26 carries, 108 yards and all three of his team's touchdowns in the 21-0 victory.

Scott sat out an entire series in the third quarter dealing with the pain, but he was a beast in the fourth quarter rushing for two of those scores.

"He just does whatever we ask him to do, that's what's made him special," said Homer. "He's just a blue collar, humble kid who doesn't get caught up in the hype."

A two-time state champion wrestler, Scott's balance and strength made it nearly impossible for anyone to bring him down one-on-one.

In more of a secondary role as a junior, Scott rushed for more than 800 yards and finished his career with an impressive 2,573 yards and 40 touchdowns.

"You can't say enough good things about Brian. He's a good boy, a good football player and good in everything he does," said Homer.


Aaron Austad, Manti

Some guys talk the talk about being team guys, while others walk the walk. The latter definitely applies to Manti senior lineman Aaron Austad.

When Manti's starting tight end broke his leg in the second week of the season, the coaching staff believed moving Austad — arguably the team's best offensive lineman — from tackle to tight end was the best fit for the team.

For the most part, it wasn't that big a difference as he became a second tackle on the strong side, but coach Cole Meacham said the way Austad handled the situation served as a great example to the entire team.

"The thing that was so impressive, there were some sets when he wasn't in and we'd put more receiver types in, and in his mind he had to know he was our best offensive lineman, but there wasn't a word of complaint from him," said Meacham. "He'd absolutely do anything he was asked and the other kids saw that."

If sitting out a play or two was the best thing for Manti, the 240-pound star lineman was happy to oblige.

It also kept him fresh defensively, which is where he was truly at his best in 2011.