4A high school football preview: Bountiful at Logan

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 3:05 p.m. MDT

Logan has the third-highest scoring offense in the state's 4A ranks, averaging 42.3 points per game this season, and despite all those offensive fireworks, the Grizzlies' defense isn't too shabby, either, allowing 17.9 ppg, which ranks seventh-best in 4A.

What's more, since that low-scoring win over Bountiful in week three, Logan's high-powered, quick-strike offense has averaged nearly 50 points per game (49.7).

Nelson is the man who makes the Grizzlies go, as the senior southpaw has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and a whopping 41 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,100 yards and seven more scores.

"Probably the most impressive thing about Chase is this is his first year playing quarterback on the varsity level," Favero said. "He was our freshman QB, but he hadn't played any quarterback for us since his freshman year.

"So to be a one-year guy and do what he has done is really a credit and a testament to his toughness, his talent and his intelligence."

Nelson's top two aerial targets are Taylor Compton, who has 76 catches good for more than 1,000 yards and 14 TDs, and Hartman Rector, a sophomore who has 37 receptions for 476 yards and nine touchdowns.

Defensively, the Grizzlies are led by Bracken Williams, Jaden Connor, Sam Bennion, Compton and McKay Johns.

As Logan embarks on another postseason run, the Grizzlies have some very interesting state playoff history on their side, too.

In 2005, left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson led them to the state championship and, in 2011, his younger brother D.J. Nelson, also a southpaw-slinging QB, did the same thing.

Now it's another odd-numbered year with another left-handed QB, little bro Chase Nelson, at the controls of the Grizzlies' potent big-play offense.

Could he make it a unique Nelson family three-peat?

It'll be a difficult challenge, what with unbeaten Region 6 champion East High (10-0) and defending 4A champion Timpview (9-1), the Region 8 champ, lurking down the road.

Well, the championship "Chase" starts Friday, and only time will tell where it might lead.

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Bountiful statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 25.2 ppg (14th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 17.5 ppg (6th in 4A)

Passing leader: Trevor Lloyd (95-169, 56.3%, 1,116 yards, 11 TDs), Jordan Hayes (46-90, 51.1%, 727 yards, 6 TDs)

Rushing leaders: Houston Heimuli (168 carries, 781 yards, 12 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Tanner Redding (34 catches, 509 yards, 8 TDs), Sam Merrill (43 catches, 572 yards, 3 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Max Latu (61 tackles), Taylor Gulbransen (48 tackles)

Sack leaders: Taylor Gulbransen (3.5 sacks)

Interception leaders: Tanner Redding, Jordan Hayes (3 INTs)

Logan statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 42.3 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 17.9 ppg (7th in 4A)

Passing leader: Chase Nelson (213-318, 67.0%, 2,966 yards, 41 TDs)

Rushing leaders: Chase Nelson (168 carries, 1,102 yards, 7 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Taylor Compton (76 catches, 1,053 yards, 14 TDs), Hartman Rector (37 catches, 476 yards, 9 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Bracken Williams (101 tackles), Jaden Connor (71 tackles)

Sack leaders: Bracken Williams (6.5 sacks), Sam Bennion (5 sacks)