High school football: D.J. Nelson carves up Mustangs as Grizzlies advance

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  • NationalSigningDay SLC, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Who is the best overall football player in Utah High school football? Tell us on our facebook page poll! Ozone National Signing Day!We will soon have a poll to let you tell us who the top offensive player is, defensive player, Team of the year and coach of the year! But feel free to let us know now!! We will then do the presentation of awards at Rio Tinto Stadium on our National Signing Day event February 1st, 2012

  • SoUtHapa Saint George, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    Logan...in a blow out.

  • FB_Grandpa Murray, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Logan is the best and most talented team that I have seen in 4A this year, regardless of their perceived "classless" insertion of their starters (just plain foolish as far as I can tell". I truly don't think that there is a team in 4A that can beat them if they all play their best games, but, as we know, especially in HS football, ....on any given day! With that being said, I think that Highland (at full strength) or east (at full strength) can possibly present some difficulty to Logan, First, Logan has not had to play a game in which they have had to battle for 4 quarters to win, secondly, both Highland and East have a physicality that Logan does not have much experience with. Both teams are capable of long, time consuming drives that results in scores. The key is not Logan's offense, but Logan's defense. If their "D" can control the game, Logan wins handily, if not, very interesting!

  • yupp! LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    Stang08 sounds like Mitch Jessop, haha you are just upset because you guys went 7-5 including a LOSS to timpview, guess thats what happens when you start Freshman QB Kuresa.

  • braydan32 LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    I'm actually not going to be quiet until you provide some semblance of a valid arguement or point that makes sense.I don't just think logan is the better of the two teams,they are better in nearly every single statistical category. Common opponents, east and bountiful There aren't "a lot of better teams" out there. Logan blew out both east and bountiful, they're undefeated (remind me who else is without a loss in 4A?) I don't make excuses, all I've said every single time is that logan will win, so far my prediction record 11-0, yours 0-11. For what its worth, Logan averages 45.9 points per game while only giving up 15.5 a game on the flipside, Highland scores 34.1ppg and allows 19.9. Common opponents include east and bountiful. Logan went 2-0 in those games with a combined score of 102-45. Highland went 0-2 with a combined score of 49-3. Highland wont stop DJ. He's thrown for 2636 yards this year including 40 touchdowns (both more than chase hansen for what its worth) and rushed for 1287 yards and 20 TD's. Good luck.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    I don't make excusses. That is the logan fans. Both teams are good. I believe Highland is better. You believe Logan is. We shall just see what happnes. If Logan wins then congrats. They will not come away with a title. There are just to many better teams out there to win it. If Highland wins will you give credit or come up with an excuse? That's all the people on the Herald Journal do. Good luck to both teams and braydan please be quiet.

  • braydan32 LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    I do find it strange that your posts (stang) continually are the same. "Logan will get dominated this week by the -insert current week opponent-" logan will be tested by the highland rams, but not beaten. I highly respect their program and they have a talented team and good coaching. Logan just has too many weapons, phenomenal coaching, and they show no signs of slowing down. Highlands biggest weakness is their pass defense, whereas logans biggest strength is their passing game. Its inevitable that they will pull players out of the box to compensate, and open up logans running game for schmidt and nelson. What will your excuse be to discredit logan when they win state? I'm interested to read it. For what its worth, I do need to compliment herrimans young program. To be as successful as they have been in just 2 short years is nothing less than amazing. Hats off to you. My prediction Logan:45 Highland:21

  • HIGHLAND RAM Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Anything can happen in football!! remember that.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 10:02 p.m.


    The Rams will beat the grizzlies. It's a fact and even the grizzlies know it. Good luck to both teams but I hope Highland runs Logan over.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Sorry to burst the East High mantra of the coach purposefully throwing the Logan game.

    Not true. Sorry false hope and pride are very unattractive.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    The scoreboard reflected the story very accurately. The Grizz are the class of the 4A schools in 2011 no doubt.

    I was at the game and the Mustangs simply did not have enough weapons. The Huge QB was awesome, loved his style and hard play. The running backs again tough, big, and super low center of gravity when they got there shoulders square running north and south they would be all the Grizz could handle.

    Sadly the Mustangs could not sustain a long drawn out drives against the very good and nasty Grizz defense.

    Yes DJ was to much to handle for the Mustang defense and the Logan High Grizz rightfully prevailed.

    Next up a tough bunch of Rams from Highland. This will be a very good test for the Grizz.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    Highland has the best shot at beating Logan. They are dangerous with the qb being back...but, I don't think it is enough. Hope not.

    I worry about a healthy Highland more than East. All the remaining teams, except Westlake, seem good enough to beat anyone on any given day--well, perhaps every other given day against Logan. (no offense intended Westlake...but MC is iffy, and there is no signature victory...prove me wrong).

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    @MMMustangs/@GoStangs - I agree...Logan/Nelson was awesome...due to 4 straight turnovers...the score should have been more like 42-21 or 42-28. Logan will be hard to stop.

    In regards to the senior issue...its hard to say either way. I think its the philosophy of the coach to build for next year/future. I actually agree with the direction he is going...because at this point he really has no other choice. The past 2 years he has had to establish a young base of players to give them experience that they can then pass on to those coming behind them.

    I think the plan is coming into shape because next year we will have an all-senior, all-returning starter defensive backfield. Our linebacker corp will all be returning starters...2 will be juniors and 1 will be a senior. Our line will still be young, but 2 will be returning starters. Same on offense...2 of our 3 receivers/TE will be returning starters and our QB and TB will be returning starters. Our O-Line will be young, but should have some returing starters too.

  • hsfbfan#1 MIDVALE, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    How many coaches start every senior in the program on senior night, regardless of where they are on the depth chart? Cause that is what Herriman did against Clearfield. That's what Senior Night is for. It is an insult to the program to think that they would put anything less than their best personnel on the field in a playoff game or any other, though. If this program is all about building for the future, why have they not done what most first and second year schools do and just play all the young kids from the get go? They played a ton of seniors last year when they could have just built for the future, and this year's senior class was smaller in number than last year's. If this year's juniors were better players than a lot of the seniors, that is not called building for the future, it is called putting your best kids on the field. Playing time still has to be earned. I counted 8 seniors who were starters this year and who did not play much last year, and only a couple were studs, the rest were pretty average.

  • GoStangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    There were several parents by me yelling to put in the Seniors. The reserves they put in were obviously not the seniors. Nice job coaches, way to reward the kids who have given 2 years to help build up your program. One lady was very upset. I actually felt bad for her. The team was built around the Junior class, which will dominate next year. At least the OC figured out they need to throw to the TE more, which they did the last few games and he was a stud and one of the bright spots for Herriman on Sat.

  • Doug Whitmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Hey just sayin' I thought Woods Cross was good. Well at least you won....ummm.. well at least you scored.

  • MMMustangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    Logan was awesome and Nielson lived up to the hype. When he scrambled, the Herriman D was just way too slow. He looked like he was playing a video game. HHS did not have their best game throwing, but it would not have mattered. Herriman's only chance was to pound the ball and keep the Logan O off the field. Turning the ball over at midfield a few times in the 3rd was a disaster.

    I read a few comments about the starters/backups. Ask anyone who has gone to HHS games, they are playing for the future. If the senior was not a clear cut stud, they never played. The special teams and backups they basically moved up Sophs. The coaches are trying to get them experience for the future. Basically the way a college team is run. I personally don't think a HS team should be run that way. What kind of message does that send to a Senior that is not a starter next year? Might as well hang it up. Contrast that with Alta, Bingham and Timpview every year have several first year starters as seniors. It keeps the juniors working hard in the offseason.

  • just sayin' Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Wow, I thought the Mustangs were good? Oh well, it least they won the play-in game. That's something to hang your hat on.

  • hsfbfan#1 MIDVALE, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    Remember folks, East rested a ton of guys against Logan and even when they brought some of them in, they were just flat uninspired and not mentally ready to play because they were not planning on getting in. I do not know if the result will be different, cause Logan is really freaking good, but I would be curious to see East at full strength. Highland could cause Logan some problems but I am just not sure if there is a defense out there who can defend them.

  • HIGHLAND RAM Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    I hope we can play PHYSICAL football this Friday. Our DBs have a lot of work to do, Passing teams usually put up a lot of points on the RAMS. It will be a high scoring game and i believe we can hang with Logan if our offense can keep up. I trust coach Benson, Wyn and Jensen, i know they will prepare these boys with a perfect gameplan. Fish and Sione are great, but its those undersized O-Line boys that are the heart of our offense.

    anything can happen in football, that is what makes this sport special.

    Goodluck RAMS and may the best team WIN.

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    @KSDBN - I have a son that is a junior starter on the Herriman defense. Next year I will have a senior and a freshman on the team. So I am Herriman all the way. As far as Bingham, I have a couple of nephews on this years team and over the past 6 years have had about 5 nephews that have played for Bingham and 1 cousin that has coached for Bingham.

    @markymark - As I have stated in an earlier post, per UHSAA...any play-in game is considered the playoffs. Its similiar to the play-in games that occur during the NCAA basketball tournament.

    Of the 4 quarterfinal games in 4A...I believe the Logan vs Highland game and the Timpview vs Westlake game will be the most exciting. In the other 2 games....I believe Olympus is able to handle Bountiful and the East vs Skyline game is a toss up. I believe East has the better team, but Skyline has the better coaching.

    Herriman starts today on rebuilding for the 2012 run. 5 starters need to be replaced, but Herriman will be a more experienced team next year. GO MUSTANGS!!!!

  • ExTBird Springville, US-UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Lone Peak beat Bingham 45-24. You would be a fool to think that was just a fluke. Bingham for thrashed soundly, and unless something terrible happens like Chase Hansen's arm falls off I really don't have much faith in the Miners doing any better. Bingham's history is irrelevant here. Their past victories don't help them on the field which Lone Peak showed them all night long @ Bingham High School.

    Don't even get me started on what OL:C did to them. 42-7. Heh, ouch.

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    my team is out

    4A Highland goes does this week. I wouldnt count Timpview out. I know they are flying under the radar...just like they like it. They snuffed Logans offense very easily last year, so they know the scheme. I wouldnt just mark East in the Finals. If you do, you are crazy. I think the TV and East game will be good, with TV winning.

    I also think Bntfl beats Oly. And Logan beats Bnftl again, but 35-21. TV vs Logan in the Finals. And I am taking Logan 42-35. But it will be a barn burner to watch.

    So SLC schools will lose both 4A and 5A titles. Lone Peak wins the 5A (big shocker).

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    4A a healthy Highland and 5A is Bingham. If you don't think I am right you should look at it this way. The best QB in the state in Smithson is back for Highland. He's the heart of the Highland offense. And Bingham has the longest win streak in state history, they are consistantly good every year. Unlike the grizzlies. And they have what 3 or 4 straight 5A titles. You would be a fool to pick against either team. I know Logan is #1 but Highland is back and powerful as usual.

  • markymark HERRIMAN, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Gerri an still hasn't won a playoff game, they won a play-in game. That's not the playoffs, that is to get to the playoffs. My previous comment was talking about DJs brother, not him. I was just making refference to poor decision making in the tcu game, but I was just kidding.

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    BigBenzo, I thought you were a Bingham guy?

  • ExTBird Springville, US-UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    I really don't see any realistic upset coming for Logan or Lone Peak this year. The one school that I thought could beat Logan was East, and they got demolished. A rematch could be interesting to watch, but I don't think the outcome will change. Logan is a well oiled machine this year, and no one in 4A is up to the task. Highland might have a shot, but I wouldn't bet on it.

    Far as 5A goes. Lone Peak all the way. Likely without even much effort heh.

  • Olypride South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Good on you Pleblian for stepping up and giving Region 5 their credit. Now it's time to really find out who the toughest region this weekend. It would be no surprise to see all the #1 seeds advance but I'll be cheering on Westlake and Skyline (even though it pains me). They both have a good chance.

    If Westlake's LB's and DB's hold up early, that D-line will create havoc all day. They're still the best D-line I've seen all year so far. Timpview has toque it a track meet or they'll get grinded.

    If Skyline keeps it close like Orem did against East, they will win with Coach Dupaix and his staff outcoaching Matich. East better pull away early.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Herriman was a good team. Given how well they controlled the line of scrimmage on offense, I was surprised the game got as out of hand as it did. One thing which is obvious, Logan missed its three defensive starters. I wonder if Favero will allow them to play next game. Administration made their statement, Favero never did.

    As for the rest of Region 7, I stand corrected. I thought they were the weakest region coming in, and they dominated Region 5. Surprise. Herriman, 8-4, did not look like a #4.

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Herriman Mustangs football team. Good game against a very strong Logan team. This was an incredible season with a record of 8-4, 2nd straight playoff berth in 2 years and 1st playoff win.

    Herriman doubled in wins from last year going from 4-7 to 8-4. The 4 losses to Skyline, Olympus, Westlake and Logan were hard fought games to some really good teams. All 4 losses were to teams that have advanced to the 4A quarterfinals. Congratulations to Region 7 for getting 3 teams in the quarterfinals and continue to represent in the state playoffs.

    Tomorrow is the time to start rebuilding for the 2012 Region 7 & State Championship run. Herriman only loses 2 starters on offense and 3 starters on defense.

    @Adam - Per UHSAA, the play-in game is a playoff game. Your comments again underline the lack of personal development that many posters have. I have no regrets for anything I post on here because they are what I truly believe. I do not put down any other schools...only uplift Herriman. The fact that you can find something bad in my comments says a lot about you.


  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Then why we're the Herriman parents doing yells in unison to get all the seniors in the game with just a few minutes to go.

  • FB_Grandpa Murray, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    @hsfbfan#1 - completely accurate. SoUtHapa, you make wrong and innacurate assumptions. Maybe better to find out the facts first. Cannot for the life of me understand why Logan's coach would be so foolish to risk an injury to ANY of his starters, not just his QB, with 3 minutes to go in a game with a running clock and a bunch of 2nd/3rd string defense players in for Herriman mostly 9th and 10th graders with some very seldom used seniors, and a win "in the bag". Congrats to Coach Wilson for letting those players stay in the game and having a well deserved experience in a playoff game. I'm sure that there were some Logan players who deserved the same. JMHO.

  • SHS85 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    I don't think Logan will get past Highland if they do Bountiful or Olympus will have a crack at them. After all that they will have to face East which will be waiting for them.

  • Cache Valley1 Logan, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    You don't onsides kick the ball when you are getting killed. When the leading team concedes and puts subs in, the losing team can still try to score, but you don't onsides kick the ball and try to score on the 2nd team. It is classless and I think most coaches would do what Logan's did.

  • Adam Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Enjoy some good reading from a few Herriman posters this year:
    This is the team to beat in 4A. Now, Deseret News you need to rank them in your Top 5. Way to go Mustangs! Posted by: UteFan21 in August.
    12 more wins until we get the Utah 4A State Championship!!!I am predicting a Football 4A State title for Herriman in either 2011 or 2012...and possibly both years.
    (Posted by: BigBenzo88 in August).
    I played for 15 years at almost every level. I know what to look for in players and teams...and Herriman is a good team. They will make they playoffs, get Region 7 crown or runner up and don't be surprised if they get to Rice-Eccles. Next year they will be a pre-season favorite for the Region 7 crown and for the 4A Championship (BigBenzo88 in September)
    Congrats to Herriman on their 2nd playoff berth and 1st playoff win!!!(BigBenzo8) NOTE: A play-in game is NOT a playoff game Benzo!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    (DJ) Nelson just played against Herriman and apparently markymark he was good enough and then some...

  • PBR Providence, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 5:06 p.m.


    Obviously an expert. With all the experience you have, an opening for a D1 coaching position should be in your cards.

  • markymark HERRIMAN, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    Nope, just don't think he is a good qb. He looks good against Idaho state, but when he plays a decent team he loses the game for them.

  • hsfbfan#1 MIDVALE, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Herriman's offense played 1 series against Logan's 2nd defense. Herriman's starting defense did not play a snap against the 2nd offense from Logan. Herriman subbed in their 2nd defense, who got a pick 6 on Logan's 2nd offense. Herriman's 2nd offense then got a 2 point conversion against Logan. Herriman tried and failed with an onside kick which any team would do when down. There were 3 minutes left and Logan was up by 27 points when they put their starting offense back in, against, Herriman's sophomore defense. With 3 minutes left, the starting offense for Logan was throwing deep for a TD. Completely unnecessary.

  • SoUtHapa Saint George, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    Sour grapes?
    Football lesson, coach: Maybe Logan put the 1st team back in because you still had yours in beating up on Logan's back ups of back ups. Having not been there, I can only guess this is what was happening. If so, when an obviously dominating coach gives you the opportunity to let some of your back ups get some state playoff time by pulling his 1st team, it's a good idea to humbly accept the gesture.

  • Olypride South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Does anyone know if those boys that stole from their teammates played? If so, shame on the coaches and administration.

  • oldtimeftballer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Logan wont win it. Mark my words.

  • Mmars01 Lehi, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 1:30 p.m.


    Right, because HS and college players are identical in skill, talent and experience.

  • markymark HERRIMAN, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Hope his brother took some notes last night

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    Watched DJ Nelson and Logan dismantle CWood earlier this year. They are by far the best team in 4A. They drilled #2 East!! Anything less than a championship will be an epic failure for sure!!!

  • PBR Providence, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    This was a cake walk!

  • Big Pappy west jordan, utah
    Oct. 29, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Gotta love the grizzlies! Look for hem in the championship game and don't be suprised if the win it big. This is a great team with great talent. I don't know if DJ will be a good college QB but he very exciting to watch...just like his big brother. This team playes with alot of Grit and Heart. Fun to watch.

  • dvk75 CLEARFIELD, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    D.J. Nelson threw for 6 touchdowns and ran for 2. The article says he threw for 5 touchdowns. Just for a point of clarity.