LOGAN — If there were any doubts about who the Cache Valley high school football kings were this season, they were quickly erased after Logan beat Sky View 52-21 Thursday night.
Logan quarterback Chase Nelson helped his team rack up a 31-point lead at halftime, and the Grizzlies never looked back.
"Our players did an unbelievable job of preparing for this game," Logan head coach Mike Favero said. "Sky View had a great team, a great record coming in, but our guys were dialed in from a preparation standpoint."
On its first drive, Sky View failed to convert on fourth-and-long, giving Logan the ball on the Bobcat 36-yard line. Nelson led the Grizzlies to the end zone and scored three plays later on a 19-yard pass to Taylor Compton to make it 7-0 with 7:46 left in the first quarter.
Nelson then hit junior wide receiver Chad Artist from 39 yards out to double the score two minutes later.
On Sky View's ensuing drive, Logan junior cornerback Garrett Wright picked off a Braxton Godderidge pass around midfield and returned it to the 20-yard line. The turnover led to a 37-yard field goal by senior Angel Reyes to make it 17-0 with 3:39 left in the quarter.
Nelson connected with sophomore wide receiver Hartman Rector from 2 yards out to start the second quarter and extend the lead to 24 points.
Nelson and Artist connected again with 9:19 left in the half, this time from 28 yards to make it 31-0.
Nelson finished with six passing touchdowns and one on the ground. He had 429 total yards.
"He's been getting better each week," Favero said of his quarterback, before jokingly adding that 429 yards was "far less than he's had the last two weeks, so I'll have to yell at him."
Godderidge didn't complete a pass until the 7:19 mark in the second quarter, a toss to senior running back Dane Anderson for no gain.
"All season we've been talking about finding the game where our offense and defense can both click and both dominate," Nelson said. "We were finally able to do that this game, so I'm really encouraged."
Sky View's first score came on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Godderidge to make it 31-7 with 8:29 in the third quarter.
Nelson answered back with a 62-yard scamper on the next offensive play to make it 38-7.
The win brings Logan to 7-0, and the Grizzlies will face Mountain Crest next Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hyrum.
Tavin Stucki is a senior journalism student at Utah State University and editor in chief of The Utah Statesman, the Aggie campus newspaper. Twitter: @stuckiaggies EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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