Bill Quick, DDM
LOGAN — Bountiful scored on its first possession of the game on a touchdown pass from Trevor Lloyd to Tanner Redding, putting the Braves up 7-0. On Logan's first possession, the Grizzlies failed to convert when Bountiful's Max Latu intercepted a Chase Nelson pass over the middle.
The Braves then drove the entire length of the field only to have a Trevor Lloyd pass intercepted by Logan's Taylor Compton.
The Grizzlies quickly marched down the field, scoring their first touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run from Nelson. That tied the game 7-7.
Logan then forced Bountiful to punt, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Their high-power offense then marched down the field, scoring Logan's second touchdown just seconds into the second quarter on a eight-yard run by Nelson.
After the touchdown run, and to Logan's dismay, Nelson was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, forcing his ejection from the game.
Logan missed the extra-point, putting it up 13-7.
Both teams struggled through the rest of the second-quarter, heading to the locker rooms with the score 13-7 at the half.
Both teams made adjustments throughout the third-quarter, but neither was able to score.
It wasn't until 6:48 left in the fourth-quarter that Logan managed to add a 35-yard field goal by Angle Reyes, putting the Grizzlies up 16-10.
On the Braves' next possession, the Grizzlies' Austin In intercepted a Trevor Lloyd screen-pass, returning it inside the 10-yard line. Kinkade Wildman then ran two yards for Logan's next score, putting the Grizzlies up 22-10.
On the ensuing possession, with 3:37 to go in the fourth quarter, Trevor Lloyd connected with Tanner Redding on a 23-yard touchdown pass, getting the Braves within five points.
The Braves' onside kick was unsuccessful, but their defense forced Logan to punt with just under 2 minutes to go in the game.
With the game on the line, Bountiful drove to mid-field only to have the ball intercepted by Logan's Taylor Compton, sealing the win for the Grizzlies and protecting their undefeated season.
This first-round playoff exit is sure to leave the Braves wondering what might have been.
And despite the loss of Nelson in the first half, Logan's Wildman, Compton and In came up big for the Grizzlies in the win.
Logan moves to the quarter-finals against Olympus next week.
Editor's note: This article originally stated Nelson was ejected due to two personal foul penalties. This was incorrect. According to the UHSAA rules, a player is ejected for a single unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Bill Quick, an Idaho native, studied communications, history and business at the University of Utah. He is the Sr. Director of Marketplace Operations at Deseret Digital Media and Deseret Connect Contributor. Email him at email@example.com