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Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 9:05 p.m. MST

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Jim Smuin
Salt Lake City, Utah

First of all, Olympus did not eject the Logan quarterback. He did that himself.
Second point: I would like to have seen this game with the right call on the muffed punt. I hate to have "what ifs" in games. This team accomplished a lot as an underdog the whole season. It's a great group of kids. I am proud to say I'm an Oly fan. I have always been a high school sports fan and wish the best to East. I knew Grant Martin and what his legacy was at East. He must be proud looking down and seeing what his grandson is doing at East. Coach Whitehead is adding to the Olympus legacy.

I don't believe in hiding behind a "screen name".

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Would they have accomplished less if they would've had to go through Logan High, whose QB was ejected on a ticky-tack infraction?

The53
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Sorry to say but Logan loses that game by a lot more than Olympus did. Logan's defense isn't as good as the Titan's. They held East's offense to its lowest scoring total all season, 26 points, 19 of wich didn't come until the second half. Anyone that saw this game knows that it was a lot closer than the score showed. A bad call by the officials and two big mistakes by Oly's offense and this game is a lot closer. Not to take anything away from what East did because their defense shut down the Titans in the second half until that last big run late in the fourth quarter, and their offense showed up when they needed to. It was a great game to watch. Good luck to East and Timpview both in the Championship Game.

mab93
Provo, UT

@The53 "Logan loses that game by a lot more than Olympus did" - That is quite a stretch. Oly's defense might be a little better than Logan's, but their offense is a lot better. Plus, their offense matches better to East's weaknesses. I think it would have came down to who made the least mistakes and who built the most momentum. Last year Logan didn't seem to have much trouble with East and this year's team was better.

Having said that, I don't think it would have been right for the UHSAA to reverse the call and I am glad Oly got to go out and show that they were underrated and had a lot of heart. Too bad on the call. With the momentum shift it might have added up to a game that was closer by 14 point (21 is a stretch, but possible). I would have loved to see an Oly, WX matchup.

btgroupman
logan, UT

I'm not saying Logan would have beat East, (I think they had a chance) But probably not. Anyways they would have beat Olympus 45 to 10, Olympus's offense only scored one touchdown vs Logan's defense, then pick 6 and field goal and tochdown were from the backup qb's inside the 20 interceptions. Wish we could have had the real semifinal game of Logan vs East.
Was not to be.

rmptqs
Salt Lake City, UT

btgroupman, you may not be saying it, but I am. Logan would have went all the way, but I think Logan should be out.

The53
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

@mab93 - I don't think it's a stretch. Logan's offense was very good with Nelson, but their Achilles heel wasn't at QB. The reason Oly was able to get 4 pics is because of the pressure they were able to get on the QB. I am pretty sure that was the same O-line that would have played with Nelson in. The Oly defense had 9 sacks to go along with those 4 interceptions. The QB had pressure all day. Unless Logan were able to get a new O-line in one week, East's fast and physical D-line and linebackers would have had their way with Nelson. Logan's team may have been better than last year but so is East's team.

mab93
Provo, UT

@The53 With most other programs the O-line makes or breaks the offense. Jordan is a perfect example. But the real Achilles' heel of Logan revolves around the quarterback. East compensates for a weaker pass defense with a strong pass rush. Logan compensates for a strong pass rush with quick accurate passes. If it was just about any other team than Logan I would agree with you. Logan QBs probably handle a strong pass rush better than any other Utah team. Last year they didn't have a super O-line and East had a great pass rush. Time and time again the QB would get the ball to the receiver just before they could tackle him. Before last years game everyone thought East would crush them but Logan rolled over them. Saying it would be a close game is saying East improved more than Logan. IMO it is much more of a stretch to say they lose by a lot more than Oly than it is to say it could go either way.

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