High school football: Chase Nelson's record-setting night lifts Logan Grizzlies past Roy Royals
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
LOGAN — In a battle of Region 5 heavyweights, Chase Nelson kept throwing haymakers until the final bell.
And when it finally rang, the Logan High senior southpaw quarterback had accounted for a state-record 691 yards of total offense to lead the undefeated Grizzlies to a wild 49-38 victory over the previously unbeaten Roy High Royals.
Nelson was virtually unstoppable from the opening bell and, when this one was over, he had completed 29 of 41 passes for 441 yards and five touchdowns and carried the ball 39 times for another 250 yards and two more scores. His 691 yards of total O broke the previous state record held by another former Logan High QB, his older brother D.J.
"Man, it was just a fun one," he said following the Grizzlies' homecoming game victory. "I feel great. The Bountiful game was tough; those guys hit me pretty hard. But these guys were just fast, got me down the ground, so I held up pretty well physically.
"I write emails to D.J. (who's serving an LDS Church mission) every Monday, so I'm just going to mention it with a little smirk. He's the man, though, and I love him. I feel bad taking that one away from him."
Logan (5-0, 2-0 Region 5) jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter and led 25-0 early in the second period before the Royals finally got rolling.
From there, the two teams kept turning in big play after big play, but nobody came up with more big plays than Nelson did.
"My O-line was just blowing 'em up," Nelson said. "It was sweet. I was getting huge holes at the end and getting everything I wanted, and just keeping everything north and south.
"We were well-prepared and we knew what looks we were gonna get. They were a good team offensively and that No. 23 (Roy receiver Nate Jones), man, he is a stud. Holy cow. It was a shootout; it was a fun one. It always is; their coach is great and they've got great players, so I knew they were gonna come prepared and it was gonna be a battle."
Nelson scored on TD runs of 1 and 5 yards in the first quarter. His TD passes came on an 8-yard toss to Hartman Rector in the opening period; 23 yards to Taylor Compton in the second quarter; and 10 yards to Tanner McIntire, 46 yards to Compton and 28 yards to Cade Watterson in the third quarter.
Chad Artist capped Logan's scoring with a 23-yard field goal in the fourth period.
For Roy (4-1, 1-1 Region 5), Skylar Hoover scored on a 21-yard inside reverse, and Jones hauled in scoring strikes of 53 and 77 yards from Tyler Skidmore to help vault the Royals back into the game after their slow start. Baby Tee Eteuati added a 5-yard TD burst and Skidmore had a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter that pulled the Royals within 46-38.
But they could get no closer after that.
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