After Logan had started the 1988 season with two heartbreaking losses by a total of seven points, Head Coach Perry Christensen need to provide some inspirational defeats wouldn't set the tone for the remainder of the season.
Scanning the Grizzly locker room during an early September team meeting, Christensen spotted a three-word pharse of "Just do it" -- used in a Nike advertisement--stuck on a mirror.
"That says it all - that's what we've got to do the rest of the way," he remembered telling his players, who adopted the slogan as a motivational tool thatfound its way onto hats, scarves, T-shirts, and sweatshirts of team members and fans.
And now, Grizzly supporters, you can consider it done.
Logan did it _ finished the rest of the season with a 11-game winning streak and an 11-2 overall record, thrashed Pleasant Grove 44-12 in Friday night's 3A state finals at Rice Stadium, and captured the school's first prep football title in a decade.
Grizzly QB Todd Wilson may have completed 16 of 21 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns, but it was the Logan defense that forced five PG fumbles and enabled the offense to score early and often.
"Our defense lives for getting the ball," said tight end Steve James. "They get a turnover, we score, and they want to get another turnover again. It's like a chain reaction."
And that aptly describes the scoring recipe for top-ranked Logan in Friday night's 3A UHSSA-First Security Bank championship contest.
A fitting opening statement for Pleasant Grove came before the game even began, as two of the four Viking captains _ Darrin Henry and Jeff Swenson _ came hobbling out for the coin flip on crutches. Both underwent major knee surgery following injuries suffered in last week's semifinal triumph over Tooele.
That meant that PG was without its fullback, linebacker and acknowledged team leader (Henry), and a receiver and placekicker (Swenson). Add to that the already injured Brandon Taylor, a cornerback and talented return specialist who ran back a total of seven kicks and punts for TDs this season.
But the PG demise was not so much who was standing on the sidelines as it was what was happening with the ball, as the Vikings lost three fumbles in their first six plays of the game - the first two turnovers on their own 15-yard line.
All three first-quarter fumbles resulted in Logan touchdowns - a 6-yard pass from Wilson to Ryan Olson, a 1-yard dive by fullback Chris Bates, and a 7-yard pass from Wilson to Tim Robinson. And the rout was on, with Logan leading 21-0 with 1:47 still to play in the opening period.
The Grizzlies added nine points in the second period, with Wilson scoring on a 4-yard rollout by leaning over the goal line while being stacked up by a defender. With PG forced to punt from its own 20 on the following possession, Russell Van Dyke watched the snap sail over his head and into the end zone before he grabbed the bouncing ball and ran past the backline for a two-point safety.
The Vikings started the same way in the second half - another fumble on their own 46, which led to another Logan score - this time a swing pass from Wilson to tailback Eric Dickson for eight yards.
PG finally scored later in the third period, driving 67 yards as Van Dyke hit Darrin Brown on a slant pattern for the 20-yard TD. Logan's Brad Jones intercepted the PG PAT pass and raced the full 100-yard length of the field with the ball despite play-stopping whistles from the officials - only in college can the defense advance PAT turnovers for points.
Logan scored again early in the fourth as Wilson threw a 15-yard TD toss to James, with Brandon Gunnell adding his sixth PAT kick. And PG added a final touchdown on a 13-yard pass to Craig Veenker from Van Dyke, who gained all of his 161 passing yards in the final half.