Timpview (5-5) at Logan (8-2)
4A state tournament first round
Friday, 4 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Logan by 13
All-time series: Logan leads 3-2
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Logan’s Mike Favero and Timpview’s Cary Whittingham
Last meeting: Oct. 29, 2010 (4A first round) — Timpview 48, Logan 14
No one predicted a first-round 4A playoff game featuring two of the state's powerhouses — fourth-ranked Logan and second-ranked Timpview.
But this season became a fall riddled with unprecedented controversy, and what could have been a semifinal or championship game will occur Friday afternoon at Logan High School.
That's because Timpview, a team that only lost one game on the field, is officially 5-5 and a No. 3 seed from Region 8 after being forced to forfeit four games as punishment for playing an ineligible athlete.
Logan head coach Mike Favero isn't going to waste time complaining about the fact that his team's road to Rice-Eccles got a lot more difficult last Friday when the UHSAA handed down its decision to strip Timpview of those four wins. Favero knows what his guys are up against, and he said the Grizzlies will just "do what we've been doing."
"Timpview is a great team," he said. "They're probably as good a team as there is in the state."
As for his players, they're preparing for the postseason the same way they always do.
"Our kids are excited to be in the playoffs," Favero said. "We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the playoffs."
Logan is 8-2, with one loss in region play to Mountain Crest and one loss in nonregion play to Northridge.
The team features senior quarterback Luke Falk, who's passed for 3,439 yards and 34 touchdowns. He left a win over East early with an injured ankle, but the Grizzlies didn't miss a beat when the player who pretty much does everything, Jesse Braddy, took over as quarterback. He has three touchdowns this year as a quarterback, and seven rushing and five receiving.
"He'd be a starting quarterback on a lot of teams," said Favero.
In addition to Braddy, Taylor Compton has over 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Hagen Andersen has missed much of the season with injuries, but both he and Beau Artist have six receiving touchdowns.
The Logan offense will be challenged by Timpview's defense, which has been very effective this season. Pita Taumoepenu leads the defensive effort to stop teams with 18.5 sacks this season. The defense has 11 interceptions as a group, with Isaiah Holloway leading the way with three.
The only loss Timpview suffered on the scoreboard was a 33-31 heartbreaker to Alta in the first game of the season. Like Logan, the T-birds are looking forward to the challenging first-round game.
"We will play where we're told to play," said Whittingham. "We had a good practice yesterday, and I think we match up favorably with Logan. It's a great opportunity for our kids to go up and see where we're at right away. I have confidence in our offense."
And he should.
The T-birds are led by quarterback Jake Lloyd, who's thrown for 2,723 yards and 38 Touchdowns so far. He's thrown just six interceptions. His favorite target is Dax Raymond, who has more than 1,000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Rhett Van Leeuwen and Braydon Galland each have eight receiving touchdowns, proving Lloyd has plenty of receivers to help him move the ball downfield.
And while the T-birds have proven they can throw the ball against just about anybody, they can also move the ball on the ground. Running back Gregson Aspinall has the most carries, with 99, and has gained 698 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns.
Whittingham said he doesn't think the controversy that has consumed high school football for the past few weeks has affected his players' preparation.
"The kids have been asked to focus on practice and things that are in their control," Whittingham said. "And I think they are doing that. I don't think it will be a distraction to them."
Timpview statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 40.6 ppg
Scoring defense: 14.1 ppg
Passing leader: Jake Lloyd (154-240, 64.2%, 2,723 yards, 38 TDs, 6 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Gregson Aspinall (99 carries, 698 yards, 10 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Dax Raymond (51 rec., 1,007 yards, 13 TDs), Rhett Van Leeuwen (23 rec., 522 yards, 8 TDs), Braydon Galland (25 rec., 365 yards, 8 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Emmett Tela (72 tackles), Pio Stowers (51 tackles)
Sack leaders: Pita Taumoepenu (18.5 sacks)
Interception leaders: Isaiah Holloway (3 INTs)
Logan statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 35.8 ppg
Scoring defense: 18.9 ppg
Passing leader: Luke Falk (207-518, 59.3%, 3,439 yards, 34 TDs, 8 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Jesse Braddy (33 carries, 94 yards, 7 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Jesse Braddy (88 rec., 1,048 yards, 5 TDs), Taylor Compton (94 rec., 1,008 yards, 10 TDs), Beau Artist (51 rec., 712 yards, 6 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Hunter Ballam (109 tackles), Jaden Connor (83 tackles)
Sack leaders: Jacoby Wildman (6.5 sacks), Sam Bennion (6 sacks)
Interception leaders: Hunter Ballam (7 INTs)
Felts Facts for Timpview High School
All-time record: 286-113 (36 years)
Region championships: 17 (1977 co, 1986 co, 1991, 1992, 1993 co, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 co, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Playoff appearances: 32 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 56-23
State championships: 8 (1986, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
State championship record: 8-1
Felt’s Factoid(s): Timpview owns the longest winning streak in state history at 36, dating from Sept. 15, 2006 to Nov. 21, 2008. ... The Thunderbirds hold the record for total yards in a championship game, 611 in the 4A final in 2007. ... Timpview’s Andrew Badger holds the state record for yards gained per reception during a season with 35.80 in 2003.
Felt’s Facts for Logan High School
All-time record: 485-349-24 (94 years)
Region championships: 25 (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1931, 1932, 1947, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1966 co, 1967 co, 1978, 1979 co, 1985 co, 1986 co, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2000, 2001 co, 2005, 2007, 2010 co, 2011)
Playoff appearances: 46 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record:49-38
State championships: 7 (1978, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011)
State championship record: 7-810 comments on this story
Felt’s Factoid(s): Logan holds the season total offense record of 6,587 yards (2005). ... Brothers Riley and D.J. Nelson rank one and two in season total offense: Riley accumulated 5,815 in 2005 and D.J. totaled 5,096 in 2011. D.J. also set the state record for single-game total offense with 606 yards in last season’s 4A semifinals against Bountiful. ... Logan is the only school to score more than 600 points in a season two times — 2005 and 2011. ... Logan is one of five teams in state history to have a 14-0 record (2011).