DRAPER For the second time in less than a year, the Judge Bulldogs and Logan Grizzlies hooked up on a neutral field.
The first of these meetings occurred last November when they battled it out at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the 3A State Championship. The second occurred Friday night at Juan Diego High, Judge's
home-away-from-home while their field is under construction.
Nonetheless, it was still a road game for the Grizzlies, and they came ready to play.
"They introduced us as 3A state champs, so I'm guessing they wanted revenge," said senior wide receiver Josh Thompson following a 46-21 beat-down over the Bulldogs.
Logan opened the game with a textbook drive that consisted of six plays spanning 65 yards. Senior quarterback Jeff Manning looked as fluid as ever by delivering an 11-yard touchdown strike to Thompson to put the Grizzlies up 7-0.
Manning finished the night completing 15-of-31 passes for 307 yards. Manning finished with four TD passes and ran in a fifth for good measure.
As great as Manning looked, it was Thompson who was causing Judge frustration. Thompson's do-it-all showcase resulted in Logan's first 20 points.
Yep. All 20 of them. That's what happens when you combine two touchdown catches, two field goals, and two extra-points.
When asked if there was anything he couldn't do he replied, "It's not just one guy out there, there are 11 guys on the field. We played great as a team."
Thompson finished the night with eight catches for 209 yards.
Even though the contest ended up being one-sided, Judge looked like they might keep the game interesting as it was able to strike before the half.
With 5:30 left in the quarter, the Judge coaching staff decided to ditch the passing game and run the ball for nine straight plays. Eighty yards later, the Bulldogs found themselves in the end zone thanks to senior running back Bruce Garlinghouse capping off the drive. The Bulldogs trailed 27-14 at the half.
The second half was all Logan, offensively and defensively. After punting away the first possession, the Grizzlies made sure they scored on the next three drives, all the while, the defense was forcing punts and turnovers.
The Grizzlies' defense forced seven turnovers on the night.
After three quarters, the game was all but over as Logan found themselves up 46-14.
Judge would manage to put one more score on the board in the fourth quarter, thanks to senior wide receiver Keenyn Walker breaking loose for a 77-yard touchdown run.