Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News
Logan's Logan Brown runs by Wasatch's Jacob Salazar during the Grizzlies' semifinal victory last week at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Ever since No. 1 Logan and fourth-ranked Judge beat their respective semifinal opponents last weekend, debates have ranged over how important a Week 4 meeting between the two schools will be when they play for the 3A state championship tonight.

In one corner, many prep football fans have suggested that Judge's emphatic 35-7 win at Logan showed that the Grizzlies match up very poorly with Judge, something they say will manifest itself in the rematch.

In the other corner, many have countered that both teams have changed significantly since that now long-ago preseason contest, and that it won't have much bearing on today's proceedings.

Still others have stated opinions somewhere in between.

The beautiful thing, however, is that — no matter what you think — those debates will be answered definitely when Judge and Logan meet tonight inside Rice-Eccles Stadium to decide the 3A tournament, beginning at 6 p.m.

Heading into today, the rematch factor has been the talk of Class 3A. However, while Logan has a chance to exorcise many of the demons from that humiliating 35-7 defeat, most of the Grizzlies say they'd be just as happy to be playing anyone else.

"It's just another step to the state championship — it's the final step," said Logan strong safety Jordan Ballam. "I didn't have any preference at all who we would play. Whoever we have to play, we have to play our best."

"We lost to them earlier in the season, but the only thing I can take from that is to take it as a learning experience. We need to prepare. And we know they're good, so we need to do the best we can."

Judge jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime the first time they met and controlled Logan's high-powered offense throughout en route to a 28-point win.

Some Logan players suggested they didn't prepare well for that Week 4 contest, while others outside the program have argued that the Grizzlies had a letdown after beating cross-county rival Sky View the previous week.

Coach Mike Favero said neither explanation has any validity.

"The fact of the matter is we got whipped by Judge, " he said, "and we'll get whipped again if we don't play better."

Perhaps the biggest matchup in tonight's game will be between Judge's secondary and Logan's receivers.

For Logan's spread offense to be successful, it must find ways to get talented receivers Mike Hlavaty, Jeff Watts and Jason Maughan off the line of scrimmage. That won't be easy, however, against Judge's highly-regarded corners, Jordan Benson and Keenyn Walker.

It's a challenge that Hlavaty (pronounced with a silent 'H') relishes.

"Playing little-league ball all the way up 'til now, it's pretty much everybody's dream to play in the state championship. And playing under the lights is a little detail that makes me even more excited about it," he said. "I'm also really excited to be playing Judge, personally, because I take it personally that they beat us so bad the first time.

And I'm really excited to get revenge."


LOGAN (11-2) vs. JUDGE (10-2)

Last year's championship — Bear River 34, Snow Canyon 6

Friday, 6 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium (Field Turf) — Salt Lake City

Ticket information: Students can purchase tickets from high school. Fans can purchase tickets at U. ticket office

TV: KJZZ

Radio: AM1230

Parry's Power Guide: Logan by 3

LOGAN GRIZZLIES DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB . . . . . JEFF MANNING . . . . . 17

Devin Peterson . . . . . 10

RB . . . . . KC TAYLOR . . . . . 32

Jordan Ballam . . . . . 47

WR . . . . . JASON MAUGHAN . . . . . 2

Devin Peterson . . . . . 10

WR . . . . . LOGAN BROWN . . . . . 14

Zach Skabelund . . . . . 13

WR . . . . . MIKE HLAVATY . . . . . 88

Stephen Gwynn . . . . . 6

WR . . . . . JEFF WATTS . . . . . 21

Scott Richins . . . . . 11

LT . . . . . JARED THUERER . . . . . 53

JC Long . . . . . 79

LG . . . . . GEORGE PAUNI . . . . . 72

Dylan Finlayson . . . . . 76

C . . . . . RYAN MAYES . . . . . 70

Ian Haderlie . . . . . 75

RG . . . . . JUSTIN BIRKY . . . . . 77

Jesse Dunn . . . . . 50

RT . . . . . BRAD YEATES . . . . . 66

Jacob Perry . . . . . 74

PK . . . . . JOSH THOMPSON . . . . . 12

KR . . . . . DEVIN PETERSON . . . . . 10

WILL THORNLEY . . . . . 15

JOSH THATCHER . . . . . 24

DEFENSE

DL . . . . . JON EDWARDS . . . . . 9

Ryan Mayes . . . . . 70

DT . . . . . BLAKE ANDERSON . . . . . 92

JC Long . . . . . 79

DT . . . . . JOE PAUNI . . . . . 54

Keith Gwynn . . . . . 50

DL . . . . . IAN HADERLIE . . . . . 75

Miles Hallock . . . . . 63

LB . . . . . TAYLOR PEACOCK . . . . . 40

Chris Ransom . . . . . 35

LB . . . . . KODDY THIGPEN . . . . . 56

Chris Ransom . . . . . 35

SS . . . . . JOSH THATCHER . . . . . 24

Alex Schultz . . . . . 29

SS . . . . . JORDAN BALLAM . . . . . 47

Eric Nelson . . . . . 16

FS . . . . . DUNCAN OLSEN . . . . . 20

Eric Nelson . . . . . 16

CB . . . . . DEVIN PETERSON . . . . . 10

Chase Ringle . . . . . 4

CB . . . . . DEREK MILLER . . . . . 7

Alex McMullin . . . . . 25

P . . . . . JOSH THOMPSON . . . . . 12

Jared Thuerer . . . . . 53

PR . . . . . JOSH THATCHER . . . . . 24

Devin Peterson . . . . . 10

JUDGE BULLDOGS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB . . . . . JOE POND . . . . . 11

Chris Pell . . . . . 8

RB . . . . . LEWIS WALKER . . . . . 7

Paul Clark . . . . . 15

RB . . . . . BRUCE GARLINGHOUSE . . . . . 28

Christian Barbiero . . . . . 33

FB . . . . . TYSON MOLL . . . . . 3

DeVaughn Wilkins . . . . . 21

TE . . . . . AJ CARMEN . . . . . 89

Blake Fery . . . . . 18

WR . . . . . JORDAN BENSON . . . . . 48

Dee Crandall . . . . . 9

LT . . . . . REESE BUTTERFILD . . . . . 66

Sam Arriola . . . . . 79

LG . . . . . DIEGO DOMINGUEZ . . . . . 60

Aitu Takai . . . . . 70

C . . . . . PAT GROGAN . . . . . 56

Paul Villagrana . . . . . 77

RG . . . . . BILLY BRANN . . . . . 50

Aitu Takai . . . . . 70

RT . . . . . CHASE JONES . . . . . 68

Joey Parise . . . . . 70

PK . . . . . SEAN SELWOOD . . . . . 55

Dee Crandall . . . . . 9

KR . . . . . LEWIS WALKER . . . . . 7

BRUCE GARLINGHOUSE . . . . . 28

DEFENSE

DE . . . . . REESE BUTTERFIELD . . . . . 66

Chase Jones . . . . . 68

DT . . . . . AITU TAKAI . . . . . 70

Billy Brann . . . . . 50

NT . . . . . GEORGE HEMULI . . . . . 57

Joey Parise . . . . . 70

DE . . . . . AJ CARMEN . . . . . 89

Blake Fery . . . . . 18

WLB . . . . . DEVAUGHN WILKINS . . . . . 21

Chad Terry . . . . . 24

MLB . . . . . ZACH MCKOWN . . . . . 35

Ed Fakahafua . . . . . 34

SLB . . . . . TYSON MOLL . . . . . 3

Christan McMullin . . . . . 51

FS . . . . . LEWIS WALKER . . . . . 7

Joe Pond . . . . . 11

SS . . . . . CHRIS PELL . . . . . 8

Bruce Garlinghouse . . . . . 28

CB . . . . . JORDAN BENSON . . . . . 48

Dee Crandall . . . . . 9

CB . . . . . KEENYN WALKER . . . . . 6

Paul Clark . . . . . 15

P . . . . . SEAN SELWOOD . . . . . 55

Lewis Walker . . . . . 7

PR . . . . . LEWIS WALKER . . . . . 7

Bruce Garlinghouse . . . . . 28

LOGAN GAME-BY-GAME

08/17/07 ... Logan 43, Grand 14

08/25/07 ... Logan 36, Campbell Co., Wyo., 6

08/31/07 ... Logan 17, Sky View 14

09/07/07 ... Judge 35, Logan 7

09/14/07 ... Highland, Idaho, 43, Logan 28

09/21/07 ... Logan 35, Grantsville 0

09/28/07 ... Logan 42, Ogden 0

10/05/07 ... Logan 17, Morgan 3

10/12/07 ... Logan 49, Ben Lomond 14

10/19/07 ... Logan 43, Bear River 0

10/26/07 ... Logan 24, Park City 23

11/2/07 ... Logan 21, Delta 20

11/8/07 ... Logan 48, Wasatch 24

JUDGE GAME-BY-GAME

08/17/07 ... Judge 42, North Sanpete 7

08/31/07 ... Judge 41, Woods Cross 18

08/07/07 ... Judge 35, Logan 7

09/14/07 ... Judge 52, Ogden 20

09/21/07 ... Judge 23, Juan Diego 9

09/28/07 ... Judge 21, Park City 14

10/05/07 ... Wasatch 27, Judge 14

10/12/07 ... Union 40, Judge 35

10/18/07 ... Judge 63, Uintah 13

10/26/07 ... Judge 34, Morgan 33 (OT)

11/2/07 ... Judge 28, Cedar 10

11/9/07 ... Judge 49, Union 20

LOGAN STATS

Offense: 31.5 ppg. Defense: 15.1 ppg

Passing leader: Jeff Manning (167-324, 51.5%, 2,129 yards, 28 TDs)

Rushing leader: KC Taylor (103 rushes, 589 yards, 7 TDs)

Receiving leader: Mike Hlavaty (36 catches, 509 yards, 9 TDs)

Tackles leader: Jordan Ballam (108)

Sacks leader: Jon Edwards (4)

Int. leader: Duncan Olsen (3)

JUDGE STATS

Offense: 36.4 ppg. Defense: 18.2 ppg

Passing leader: Joe Pond (60-123, 48.8%, 1,100 yards, 13 TDs)

Rushing leader: Lewis Walker (69 rushes, 722 yards, 10 TDs)

Receiving leader: Keenyn Walker (22 rec., 558 yards, 9 TDs)

Tackles leader: Zach KcKown (111)

Sacks leader: DeVaughan Wilkins (14)

Int. leader: Keenyn Walker (11)

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Judge beat Logan 35-7 in Logan on Sept. 7 of this year ... Judge owns nine football state championships in the school's 81-year history, but the Bulldogs haven't won a state championship since 1983. It lost to Pleasant Grove in the 1993 championship ... Judge's 10 wins is the most since a 12-1 season in 1981 ... Logan's championship record in 89 years of playing football is 5-8, but 5-1 since winning its first of five titles in 1978 ... The Grizzlies other state titles occurred in 1988, 1989, 2000 and 2005. They lost in the 2003 championship game ... Logan leads the all-time series 2-1.

COACHING REPORT

Logan coach Mike Favero — Owns a career 76-37 record in nine season with Logan, including state titles in 2000 and 2005.

Judge coach James Cordova — In his fifth season with at alma mater, Cordova has guided team to a 29-26 and its first semifinal appearance since 1993. His career playoff record is now 3-3.


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