<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The 2013 high school football schedules have been released for the state of Utah, and that includes some interesting matchups for the Cache Valley high schools which are all members of Region 5.
There was a bit of shuffling following the 2012 season, and there is a new addition to the region as Ogden joins Sky View, Logan, Mountain Crest, Box Elder, Bonneville, and Roy. The Mustangs are the defending Region 5 champs, and made it all the way to the 2012 4A State Championship before falling in double overtime to Timpview.
The schedules for the local teams are as follows.
<strong>SKY VIEW BOBCATS</strong>
The 2013 high school football schedule will kick off Friday, Aug. 23, and things aren’t easy for the Bobcats who begin on the road at the defending 4A State Champion Thunderbirds. Following that game, SV will return home to take on Maple Mountain and then have back-to-back road games at Minico (Idaho) and Bonneville.
Following its region opener, Sky View will return home on Sept. 20 to face Provo and then the Bobcats will welcome valley-rival Mountain Crest on Sept. 27. SV will have back-to-back valley matchups as it will travel to Logan on Oct. 4 for the Bobcats final Friday night game of the regular season.
Two of the final three games will be at home for Sky View as they host Box Elder on Thursday, Oct. 10, play at Ogden on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and end the regular season against Roy on Thursday, Oct. 24. All games are currently scheduled for 7 p.m.
Coming off a state championship and perfect season in 2011, the Grizzlies found things a little bit harder in 2012 as the team was decimated by injuries. Despite the hardships, Logan still managed to return to the state tournament, and even <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ug7soIyvk” target=”_blank”>knock off the No. 1 team in the state</a>, East, during the final regular season game. With all the injuries last season, the Grizzlies return plenty of experience in 2013, but face one of the tougher schedules with only four home games.
Logan opens the season with a pair of road games against solid 5A competition. First on the docket is Northridge who ended the Grizzlies 13-game winning streak in the 2012 season-opener, and then following that game is a matchup with Cottonwood. The Grizzlies home opener won’t take place until Sept. 6 when they play host to always-tough Bountiful.
Following the Bountiful game, Logan plays five straight Region 5 games, beginning with a trip to Ogden on Sept. 13. After Ogden, the Grizzlies will host Roy on Sept. 20, play at Bonneville on Sept. 27, and host Sky View on Oct. 4. Like the Bobcats, Logan will have back-to-back valley matchups as they travel to rival Mountain Crest on Thursday, Oct. 10.
After taking on the Mustangs, Logan will step out of region play and make the long trek down to Southern Utah to take on 2011 3A State Champion Hurricane on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Grizzlies will then end the regular season with a home game against Box Elder.
<strong>MOUNTAIN CREST MUSTANGS</strong>
The Mustangs have a lot of new faces in 2013 with the departures of multiple three-year starters including Eddy Hall (Weber State) and Faimafili Lualu-Pututau (BYU) who have both moved on to play collegiately.
That experience led the Mustangs to the <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBrrAv-IT34″ target=”_blank”>4A state title</a> game in two of the past three years (2010 & 2012). Ironically, Mountain Crest lost the championship game in double-overtime both of those seasons.
In 2013, the Mustangs open up with a road game against a team they saw near the end of last season – Highland. Mountain Crest <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MafGG0Pi1ro” target=”_blank”>defeated the Rams</a>, 14-6, in blizzard-like conditions at Rice Eccles stadium in the 4A semifinals to advance to the championship game. Following that game, MC will stay on the road as the Mustangs pay a visit to American Fork.
Following the two-game road trip to open the season, Mountain Crest will have its home opener Friday, Sept. 6, when they host Syracuse. Like the Mustangs, the Titans made it to the state championship game (5A) in 2012, before falling to Jordan. MC will begin Region 5 play on Sept. 13, at Roy and then will host Bonneville on Sept. 20, and visit valley-rival Sky View on Sept. 27.
On Friday, Oct. 4, the Mustangs will take a break from region action as they host 4A power East. The Leopards have been near the top of the state standings the past few seasons, falling in the 2011 championship game to Logan and then losing in the 2012 semifinals to eventual champion Timpview. Following that game, the Mustangs will welcome rival Logan to Hyrum on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Like their valley counterparts, MC’s final two games of the regular season will take place on a Wednesday (UEA), and then Thursday night. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Mustangs will travel to Box Elder, before finishing the season at home on Thursday, Oct. 24 against Ogden.
Based on what has happened in the past, it should be another exciting year for Cache Valley football. At least one team from the valley has participated in the 4A State Championship game in each of the past three seasons, with Logan bringing home the trophy in 2011. All three teams made the playoffs in 2012, and it looks like once again Region 5 will run through Cache Valley.