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High school football: Logan shuts out Cottonwood

By Tavin Stucki

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 11:09 a.m. MDT

Logan's #7 Jesse Braddy, right, fights to get away from Cottonwood's #6 (no name on the roster) as Logan and Cottonwood play Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at Logan.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

LOGAN — The Logan Grizzlies passed all over Cottonwood in an easy 35-0 victory Friday.

Senior quarterback Luke Falk went 29-51 for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the rout.

"Give him some ice," Logan head coach Mike Favero said. "I didn't realize (Falk) threw 51 times, but so be it. He had a great game and Luke stayed on the field for the most part. Oftentimes that's good pass protection as well as good decision-making and releasing the ball on time as a quarterback, so he had a phenomenal game."

As well as Logan's offense played, the defense got things started for the Grizzlies.

Logan senior cornerback Josh Wilson picked off a pass on Cottonwood's opening drive, returning it from near the goal line to his own 19-yard line.

The Grizzlies took advantage of almost 30 Cottonwood penalty yards after the interception to march down to the 1-yard line, where Logan quarterback Luke Falk punched the ball in on the keeper to make it 7-0 with 3:40 left in the first quarter.

With a little more than five minutes to play in the third quarter, Cottonwood threatened. On a gutsy fourth-down call, Cottonwood senior quarterback and University of Alabama recruit Cooper Bateman was sacked by Logan senior defensive lineman Jaxton Birky.

"We came together," Birky said. "We knew we had mistakes that we had to fix from last week. ... I don't want any sort of attention; if you're going to win, you win as a team."

Birky anchored the Logan defense with 10 total tackles, one sack and two quarterback hurries. The sack set Logan up to score on the next drive with an 18-yard pass from Falk to senior wide out Jesse Braddy with 2:15 left in the third to make it 27-0.

Favero said it was something to be proud of to hold a high-caliber offense like Cottonwood's to a shutout.

"Birky led that charge, along with all the guys that were awesome on 'D,'" Favero said.

Falk refused to be outshined by his defense. With 9:02 to play in the third quarter, he connected with junior receiver Taylor Compton on a 62-yard bomb to go up by 20.

Compton had 11 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.

Cottonwood tried to run the clock out on their misery in the fourth quarter, but Falk threw another touchdown with less than two minutes left, this one to Thompson.

Thompson kicked two field goals, of 44 and 49 yards, in addition to his one receiving touchdown.

Braddy ended with 15 catches for 169 yards and a score.

Cottonwood had 16 total penalties for 148 yards.

"They beat the hell out of us," Cottonwood head coach Greg Croshaw said. "They bounced back great from a tough game last week and overcame their injuries and played extremely well and I hope we do the same thing. They deserve all the credit, they did a great job."

The Grizzlies added to their injury woes, losing senior wide receiver-cornerback Beau Artist.

"You can whine about it, but I guarantee you nobody's going to feel sorry for us," Favero said. "We have a prideful program and our senior leadership made sure they played with everything they had today."

Logan improves to 1-1 and will travel to Bountiful to face the Braves on Friday.

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