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Published: Friday, Nov. 4 2011 10:04 p.m. MDT

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Utahstaggie
Hyrum, UT

Congrats to the Grizzlies!!! That was a great game. Highland is a good team, but Logan made plays when they needed too for the win. Good luck Thursday vs Bountiful. GO GRIZZ!!!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Logan played a tough game, but ultimately came away with a few lucky breaks to help them win. The report fails to mention that the interception on Highland's last possession happened because the receiver was tackled while the ball was in the air. Nelson's second TD pass was thrown right into the hands of Highland's corner in the end zone, but pulled away from him by the receiver as he brought it in (it looked like out of bounds).

I was impressed by Logan's overall team play on defense, though. They didn't seem to have any standout player flying around making plays, but everyone seemed to be a solid tackler and very sound in assignments. Having now seen both Riley and DJ play, I would say that they have more differences than similarities. Riley was a more powerful, punishing runner, while DJ is a little bit more finesse and slippery. Riley tried to muscle every one of his throws in, while DJ seems better about finding the open man and making the smarter plays. Athletically, DJ doesn't compare as well, but his decision making seems a bit better.

kokua
KAYSVILLE, UT

You are right again Keith, the Grizz are ready for State.

Stang08
Cedar City, Utah

Good game I honestly didn't think they'd pull it off. They have Bountiful next week. Talk about a great team. Good luck to both schools but I hope Logan's season finally ends next week.

needruff
LOGAN, UT

Highland had it's lucky breaks too. That fumble at the 1 which was caused by the ground. Logan could have easily gone into the locker room at 21-7. Highlands defense played well. I think coach had a good game plan. His 2 outside backers played spy on DJ the whole game, seemed to work well. Ultimately they got beat deep. He's short, but can launch that ball pretty far with good accuracy. It's the defense tho. They averaged 15 givin up. If they hadn't played so many garbage time games. Where their JV defense came out and gave up points. Their average points allowed would go way down to like 10 a game or possibly less. They are the fastest and best conditioned in the state. Not to mention they have the best offensive attack in the state aswell. Too bad they can't do an "and 1" between the 4 and 5a winners.......

Fairytale
Heber City, UT

Highland now lets not be begging to be put into 3A next year since you didn't even make it into the finals this year, you asked to be left in 4A and now you have to deal with it!

Highland High Pride
Salt Lake, UT

Fairytale
Why on earth would we want to be in 3A? All of our rivals are in 4A. We also happened to make it to the quarter finals (unlike the other teams that fought to be in 4A) and we lost to an undefeated team. We can live with our choices. You are just making yourself look bad by trashing the losing team.

Still the reigning 4A State Champs in Football (but not for long) and Basketball!

On another note, I agree 100% with StGtoSLC.

Good Luck to Logan in the rest of the playoffs. Stay undefeated. Especially if you play East!

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

@stang08

The Grizz will keep winning and you will keep hating the result. I find it sorta sick and twisted that you fallow a team to see them lose.

The hate in your many blogs toward the Grizz reveals more about you then you know.

It is sad that a person can be led and motivated by hate.

Keep it roll-in Grizz State in 2011 nice work Joni and Keith.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"That fumble at the 1 which was caused by the ground."

You mean on the drive when Logan scored first? Yes, the ground did cause a fumble at the 1 and the ref ruled it as such and Logan went up 7-0 a couple plays later. Now on that pass completion to #4 I believe, the ball was knocked out of his hands while he was running, I had a clear, unobstructed view of it. The only bad call on that play was marking the recovery at the 1 instead of a touchback, since the ball was on the goal line when the defender recovered it.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Anyway, the thing I was least impressed about Logan was their fans yelling "overrated" when their defense finally stopped Sione Houma for a loss on a play in the 4th quarter after he'd been dragging 3 or 4 guys who had been keying on him for positive yardage every carry the entire game. This guy's going to be playing in front of 115,000 fans in the Big House for the next few years. Who do you have that compares to that?

The kicker for Logan might be their best player at any position, however. I saw him booting 65 yard field goals in warm-ups. Don't know why I haven't heard anything about him this year with all the rest of the publicity they get.

cclute4
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm sorry the "overrated" cheer has been used so many times by so many high school student sections that I find it hard to believe that it is really offensive. Losing just sucks especially when its a competitive game between two great teams. Bottom line Highland's coach got it right when he said that the game came down to two or three plays. Logan made them HIghland didn't. 12-0 teams don't depend on luck to win games. They depend on making the handful of plays that the other team fails to make. Turning the focus of the game from the plays made by the kids on both sides and putting it on lucky plays and unsportsmanlike conduct dismisses the value of a great playoff football game for both teams.

Stang08
Cedar City, Utah

No fairytale Logan is still begging to be put back in 3A. And Big Hapa I am not making excusses. Logan is good but so is Bountiful. I've said region six will win the title and they will. Let's show them why your one of the best teams in the state Bountiful. I don't care if you already beat them the playoffs are a different story entirely.

braydan32
LOGAN, UT

Stang you're completely right about the playoffs being a totally different story than the regular season, however logan isn't the same team they were when they blew out bountiful, they're better. Jameson hartmon is back and playing great on both sides of the ball for the grizzlies. Logan will once again beat a region 6 opponent. (3-0 against their top 3) and punch their ticket to the state title game. My prediction 35-14 logan high wins again.

pleblian
salt lake city, utah

Stango08 on previous thread:

"Highland is going to win. We all know they have back to back titles in their future. Now I knowbraydan32 and everyone on the Logan Herald Journal will disagree with me. You'd be wrong though. Logan is a good team,Highland is a great team"

Ok...my question is, why does anyone even respond to this anti logan guy anymore. He is NEVER right.

braydan32
LOGAN, UT

Strictly for entertainment purposes ;)

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Having watched both Bountiful's and Logan's teams this year, I'd say Bountiful has the better defense, but probably not enough to hold Logan to 17 points or less, which they will need to do to win. I see Logan winning the semis and then East having a better shot at them in the final when they're actually playing for something.

pleblian
salt lake city, utah

TtGtoSLC,

Maybe Bountiful does have the better defense, but then that better defense gave up 44 more points this year than Logan. Logan has allowed 191 points, Bountiful 235. Also, consider that Logan has played their JV defense in part of the 3rd and full 4th quarters of 7 of their 12 games this year-the big blow outs(one of which was against Bountiful)...and, it becomes a bit difficult to objectively say Logan's defense isn't as good as Bountiful.

I agree, however, that if Logan and East win (big IF)and meet in the finals, the previous game doesn't mean anything. No matter what anyone says, East wasn't near full strength.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Logan also never played Lone Peak this year. That game alone could account for a 44 point difference. But I'm not basing my judgment off of stats, I'm basing it off of observation of both teams. Logan was very tough and assignment-sound, but so is Bountiful and I think Bountiful has better playmakers. But like I said, I don't think it will be enough of an advantage for them to win.

pleblian
salt lake city, utah

Oh, based on that criteria, I'm going to go with the team with most turnovers caused, held Highland's Michigan-bound fullback to 70 yards, has State's interceptions leader, 2nd in state in interceptions as a team, and the fact that Bountiful gave up over 40 points to two different teams this year.

The only team with a better defense in 4a is East. Maybe...probably.

Oh well, it's all speculation. Gonna be a great game though. BHS has some great athletes.

Stang08
Cedar City, Utah

Bountiful is better as well. Logan was better then Highland on that night. I'm sorry but you people just don't see what I see. You guys think MC is horrible. They were worse then Logan THIS YEAR. In case you forgot the last MC title came the same time Logans last title came. Sorry but I see dark horses that can/will take Logan and then how much will you people talk?

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