We needed to come out strong. Obviously, taking a loss last week, we needed to bounce back, and I think we did that tonight. It was a good overall team win. —Logan wide receiver Chad Artist
BOUNTIFUL — The Logan Grizzlies are always excited to play perennial power Bountiful.
But Friday night they had the added motivation of wanting to redeem themselves after a 33-7 loss at American Fork last week.
“We needed to come out strong,” said senior wide receiver Chad Artist after the Grizzlies defeated the Braves 35-17. “Obviously, taking a loss last week, we needed to bounce back, and I think we did that tonight. It was a good overall team win.”
The Grizzlies were not perfect, but there weren’t many aspects of the game that they didn’t do well most of the time.
The difference, Artist said, was “just executing.
“We still made some key mistakes, which can be fixed at practice,” said the senior, who finished with five receptions (114 yards), including an 81-yard pass play for the game’s final score. “But we just executed on offense better, and we made some big plays, some key blocks, and just got it done.”
Bountiful scored first on a Kaden Simmonds 1-yard run with 7:54 left in the first quarter, but the Grizzlies responded immediately. Senior quarterback Kincade Wildman, who finished with four passing TDs and one rushing TD in the victory, tied the game with a 2-yard run.
Moving the football on the ground with more efficiency than they did last week was key to the Grizzlies’ game plan.
“We wanted to establish the run, and we weren’t able to do that against a physical American Fork defense last week,” said Logan coach Mike Favero. “So I came in as the play-caller and said, ‘We’ve got to establish the run.’”
He praised his running back, Hunter Horsely, who proved to be more than capable of finding holes in one of the state’s best defenses.
“Hunter Horsely is a great running back,” Favero said. “He obviously proved that tonight. And that makes us two-dimensional, which you need to be really good on offense.”
Hartman Rector's 23-yard touchdown reception with 2:06 left in the first quarter gave Logan a 21-17 lead. The other three touchdown passes were caught by Artist, who said he was surprised at how he was able to cover most of those 81 yards on foot.
“It was nothing much really,” he said. “It was just a bubble pass. ... The young sophomore, Kaden Jones, on the outside made a good, key block on that for me to cut up, and then it was off to the races after that.”
He was tagged for a celebration penalty afterward, something he said he regrets.
Bountiful lost starting quarterback Austin Parkinson near the end of the first quarter. He was hit by sophomore Chance Corless and the ball came loose. Bracken Williams recovered the ball, and that led to Artist and Wildman connecting on their second of three touchdowns.
The defensive scheme Logan used is specifically designed to stop an opponent’s ground game.
“The 4-2-5 is designed for two-back teams,” Favero said. “It’s nine guys in the box versus seven. If your nine can’t stop their seven, cross-country is a good option.”
Williams finished with 12 tackles, while Jake Sawyer added 14 tackles for Logan.
The Braves played the final quarter without backup quarterback Jake Lindsey, who came in after Parkinson left and played well. In the third quarter, Lindsey connected with Larsen Brooks for a 25-yard pass play, which cut Logan’s lead in half at 28-14. Then kicker Nels Halton hit a 37-yard field goal and it looked like Bountiful was rolling. A sack at the end of the third quarter ended Lindsey’s game, however, and Bountiful didn’t score after the field goal.
The victory means a lot to the Grizzlies as they head into region play.
“It definitely gives us a big boost of confidence coming into next week,” Artist said. “It was a great team win. We’re all happy.”
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