High school football: Logan Grizzlies 2013 preview

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13 2013 10:40 p.m. MDT

Taylor Compton of Logan High discusses the 2013 football season

Note: Logan finished with an 8-3 overall record in 2012 and went 4-1 in Region 5. It lost to eventual state champion Timpview 49-14 in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

LOGAN — We've often heard that "history repeats itself."

In the case of Logan High's football program, it's certainly true that twice over the last eight years — and in odd-numbered years to boot — the Grizzlies have taken home the state championship with a young left-handed man named Nelson playing quarterback for them.

In 2005, it was Riley Nelson who led Logan to the state title; in 2011, his younger brother D.J. Nelson guided the Grizzlies to the top prize.

And in 2013? Well, the Grizz have got another Nelson bro — this time it's Chase Nelson — at the controls of their offense.

So, another state championship must certainly be in the works for them again, right?

"I wish it were that easy," laughed Logan High head coach Mike Favero, who has guided the Grizzlies to four state titles — 2000, '05, '07 and '11, along with a second-place showing in '03 — in his first 14 seasons at the school. "Tell the rest of the teams that and let them know."

Favero knows all too well that nobody's going to hand anything to his 2013 team. And although Chase Nelson is a multi-talented athlete who has started at safety the last two seasons, his experience as a varsity signal-caller is very limited to say the least.

"Chase has got a lot of potential, but he's gonna have to do it on the field and then we'll evaluate how good he is," Favero said. "He's never taken a varsity snap; actually, I think he took one and threw an interception.

"He's very talented; he's a dual-threat guy; he's very competitive; he's strong; and he's put in the time and effort to be ready to have a good season."

So is he ready to step right in and live up to that tremendous championship legacy left behind by his two big brothers?

"Not right now he's not," Favero said. "Both of those guys were first team all-staters, MVPs and state champs. It's still to be determined. We'll see."

Of course, Nelson certainly can't do it alone, and he's got a solid supporting cast that should help the Grizzlies pile up another stellar winning season.

His top aerial target will be senior wide receiver Taylor Compton, who hauled in a single-season record 107 receptions last year. Junior Chad Artist will also start at wideout, with seniors Cade Watterson, Tyson Jensen, Kyler Freeman and Steve Hlavty and junior Chandler Lowry rounding out the receiving corps.

Taylor McIntire, a senior, will start at running back, but there's not much depth at that position. Backing up Nelson at the QB spot will be junior Kincade Wildman and Freeman.

On the offensive line, senior Logan Rice is a returning starter at tackle, while senior Angel Lopez is another returning starter on the O-line, where he'll be joined by senior Shawn Gudmundson and junior guard Keegan Oldham. Either Max Parsons or Beau Elison, both juniors, will start at center.

Big senior Sam Bennion anchors the defensive line and has received scholarship offers from Colorado and Weber State. He'll be joined by Gudmundson and fellow seniors Casey Coe and Caden Andersen on the D-line.

At linebacker, senior Jaden Connor and junior Bracken Williams are both returning starters who are being heavily counted upon.