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

In the secondary, seniors Austin In and Cade Patterson are the strong safeties; junior Wildman and senior Joe Busby are at weak safety, and senior Kyle Gyllenskog is at free safety. The cornerbacks will be Compton, senior McKay Johns and junior Garrett Wright.

Angel Reyes, a senior, will handle the placekicking chores and Chandler Lowry will do the punting.

"It's another year; it's high school football, it's different every year, and so it's been good so far," Favero said. "It's hard to say how good we'll be, because there's a lot of factors that go into success.

"That's the goal for every team — the region championship and the state championship — so our goals are the same as everybody else's. We have a good, solid team coming back, but there are a lot of variables that go into the ultimate outcome. So we're just trying to work hard and doing our thing."

Coach Favero sized up the region title race as a five-team dogfight.

"Mountain Crest, Box Elder, Roy and Logan are probably very, very similar teams this year, and you can throw Sky View into that group as well," he said. "Mountain Crest's younger programs are outstanding and they will be right there — they've got too many kids not to (contend) — and Sky View's got a lot of talent coming back.

"Roy's junior class was probably the strongest junior class in the region last year. Their biggest thing is, mentally, can you turn the program around? They're talented but, if the kids haven't experienced success at a high level, sometimes they can be held back by that. I think the most talented team in the region is Box Elder; they're tough.

"With those five teams, it's going to be a very, very, very tight race," Favero said.

And, of course, down the line, he'd love to see that tradition-rich Logan High championship history repeat itself again, too.

Logan Grizzlies at a glance

Coach: Mike Favero begins his 15th season at the Logan High helm, and he has guided the Grizzlies to four state championships in his career — in 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2011. He has compiled a superb overall record of 120-53 at the school that gave him his first head coaching job.

Offense

(4 returning starters; spread no-huddle offense)

Logan threw the ball a ton last year, as Taylor Compton set a single-season record for receptions with 107. Compton is back for more this year and he'll be catching the ball from lefty quarterback Chase Nelson, a versatile athlete who can run the ball as well as throw it but has very limited experience as a QB on the varsity level. The Grizzlies are thin at running back, so Taylor McIntire will need to stay healthy. Logan had a high-scoring stretch last season when it scored 28 or more points eight times in nine games, including three games of 50-plus points. If Nelson lives up to the tremendous legacy left behind by his older brothers, record-setting state championship quarterbacks Riley and D.J., then the Grizz offense should be just fine.

Defense

(6 returning starters; 4-2-5 scheme)

Big Sam Bennion anchors the line, and Jaden Connor and Bracken Williams are returning starters at linebacker. They'll miss Nelson, a two-year starter in the secondary, since he'll concentrate on playing offense this year. Logan allowed more than 23 points only three times last season, and two of those turned into bookend losses — the season opener against Northridge and the playoff finale against Timpview. With six returning starters in all, look for Logan's defensive effort to again be strong.

Coaches preseason Region 5 straw poll: Fourth

Deseret News Region 5 prediction: Second

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