High school football: Logan crushes Bear River in season opener
LOGAN — As quickly as the 2011 football season began, Logan recorded a 3-and-out on defense, and quarterback DJ Nelson added a touchdown pass on offense as the Grizzlies cruised to a 49-14 victory over Bear River Friday night.
"Things went well for us,” Logan coach Mike Favero told 610 KVNU. “We executed on offense. We didn't give up any first downs until late in the second quarter."
Nelson, who didn’t play in the second half, went 16-of-22 on the night for 180 yards and four touchdowns. He added 113 yards on the ground on nine carries, including one for a score, in leading the Grizzlies to a halftime 49-0 lead.
"(Nelson’s) most important thing is to lead our guys and get them moving in the right direction,” Favero told the radio station.
Bear River got things going late in the game by scoring two touchdowns when Wes Fukui ran for a 16-yard score and Wade Miller hooked up with Cody Pali for a 29-yard touchdown. Miller finished 6-of-20 for 91 yards with a touchdown, but he was intercepted four times.
The Grizzlies scored on each of their first six possessions. Following the opening score, Jon Schmidt ran for a touchdown and caught one, while Jesse Braddy, Taylor Compton and Beau Artist each had touchdown catches.
Bear River was unable to get much going offensively against the stingy Grizzlies. The Bears went 3-and-out in their first four possessions, and their next two possessions ended in turnovers. The first come a sack and fumble recovery, and Dallin Dahl intercepted a pass on the next possession and returned in 24 yards for a Logan score.
Jake Thompson was great in the kicking game for the Grizzlies by going 7-for-7 on PATs and 6-of-7 on touchbacks while easily kicking one out of the back of the end zone.
"It's a huge weapon in high school football and that's what I asked Jake to work on in the offseason,” Favero told the radio.
The Grizzlies (1-0) are back in action next Friday when they travel to Cottonwood, while Bear River (0-1) hosts Preston, Idaho.
Casey is a graduate of USU, husband, father of two, and Utah high school sports fan living in Smithfield, Utah.