Jacob Salazar's final moments on the football field certainly were not up to his expectations Wasatch was manhandled by Logan 48-24 in the 3A semifinals but that doesn't mean he will reflect back at the rest of the time with anything but happiness.
"I left it all out on the field, so I don't have any regrets," said Salazar, a standout running back and defensive back. "I can look back at my career completely satisfied with what was accomplished. Sure, I wish that we would have shown up better today, but overall, I am walking off the field knowing that I played some good football."
Salazar was one of the premier backs in the state. He entered Thursday's game at Rice-Eccles Stadium having carried the ball 292 times for 1,728 yards and 144 yards-per-game average. He had 23 rushing touchdowns and an average of 5.92 yards-per-carry. Logan obviously knew of those statistics as well because the Grizzlies focused most of their defense into stopping him.
"They had a good game plan for trying to shut Jake down," said Wasps coach Steve North. "I still think that he played all right. There just weren't the same holes for him that have been there most the season. But saying that, you have to give credit to the guys up front for the way he has been able to play all season. It hasn't been just Jake."
The Logan defense held Salazar to 46 yards on 16 attempts, or an average of 2.4 yards-per-carry. Even with the rushing totals down, the 175-pound senior still found other ways to try to help his team win. He caught three passes for 38 yards, intercepted a pass on defense and added an 83-yard kickoff return that set up the Wasps last score.
"Jake really learned how to be a football player this year," added North. "He had the talent before, but he tried to do it all on his own. This season, he really figured out what was needed out there on the field."
His football-playing days may be over for Salazar but certainly not his athletic career. Salazar is a two-time state champion and all-American wrestler."This was fun, a lot of fun, but I know my future lies in wrestling. But I can walk off the field happy knowing I gave it my best effort.