<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Playing a rare Thursday night game, the Logan High football team showed no ill effects from one less practice day as the Grizzlies rushed out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and then coasted to a 38-13 victory over Spanish Fork.
“Our O-Line has done a great job, and of course Luke Falk had a great game, he sees the field well,” Grizzly head coach Mike Favero said. “All of our receivers, particularly Jesse (Braddy) and Taylor (Compton) keep having huge games, game after game.”
Falk did indeed have a great game as he completed 37-of-58 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass from Braddy in a bit of trickery.
“I told them don’t tell me (how close I was to 400) until I’m out. Then I found out I was at 395, and I was like, ‘Oh, throw me in for one more play, I’ll check into something,’” Falk said. “It was a good night though, the O-Line blocked great, the receivers ran great routes, and it helped that the defense made plays.”
After catching a ball from Falk and coming up just short of the goal line, Braddy moved to quarterback where he usually pushes it in from short yardage. Instead, Braddy rolled to the left and found a wide-open Falk in the back of the end zone.
“We’ve got lots of wrinkles. If you think we’re going to do one thing, believe me, we have a counter to it. There are a lot of things that we do well, and we have a counter off that,” Favero said. “That was a neat little play. Teams think we’re going to run QB sneak with that formation, and they thought that, and sure enough, Luke was standing there all alone in the end zone.”
Falk’s catch was the Grizzlies third touchdown in a blitzing first quarter that included touchdown passes of 5 yards to Taylor Compton and 27 yards to Zach Rich.
The Logan defense was just as impressive as the Grizzly offense as the Dons were unable to gain a first down on their first three possessions. It wasn’t until Logan had built its 21-0 lead late in the first quarter that Spanish Fork got anything going.
“We’ve lost two great players (on defense), as well as others, so they’ve stepped up,” Favero said. “It’s been fun. It’s been fun for me as a coach to watch our guys deal with the adversity. You’ve got two ways to go when you face it, you can go down or you can go up. When young people rise to that occasion, it’s obviously pretty special.”
Following Falk’s TD catch, the Dons scored on a 75-yard pass, which was the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive. However, the point after touchdown was blocked, leaving the Dons trailing 21-6. They wouldn’t get any closer.
The Grizzlies tacked on 10 more points in the second quarter, as Falk found Compton from four yards out for his third touchdown pass of the night and then Angel Reyes connected on a 30-yard field goal as time expired to send Logan to the locker room with a 31-6 advantage. Along with nine catches for 121 yards and the score, Compton also recorded two tackles and two interceptions on defense.
“Taylor is as good as it gets man, he’s unbelievable. His work ethic, his attitude, his toughness, he’s a do-it-all guy. He put the most into it, and he’s getting the most out of it,” Favero said.”
Following the intermission, the Dons started with the football, and drove down into Logan territory. However, a penalty and a sack left Spanish Fork with a third down and 35 situation. The Dons nearly picked up the first with a 24-yard pass on third down and a 10 yards scramble on fourth, but they came up a yard short and turned it over on downs.
Logan wasted little time igniting the offense once again as Compton hauled in a pass and made a long run down to the Spanish Fork 13 yard line. A few plays later, Falk found Hagen Andersen who was seeing his first action of the season after returning from an offseason ACL tear. Andersen finished with four catches for 22 yards and the 2-yard touchdown.
“He was an all-region player for us last year, he’s a great receiver,” Favero said. “He’s coming off of ACL surgery about six or seven months ago, so we wanted to get his feet wet today and see how he responded, and he responded very well.”
Leading 38-6, Logan pulled its foot off the gas and coasted to the finish line. The Grizzlies allowed one more score, but it wasn’t until most of the JV team was in with 1:15 remaining in the game.
“You see all the guys out, and it kind of gives you a little motivation to go out there and do your best,” Falk said. “I think we just started clicking early and we didn’t stop. We just came out and kind of hit them in the mouth and it was good.”
The Grizzlies (3-1) will now hit the road next week where they will open up Region 5 play at Bonneville.