SMITHFIELD— Students from Logan High School vandalized valley-rival Sky View’s hillside initials Thursday night. The Grizzlies’ football team did some vandalism of its own Friday night, as Logan destroyed the Bobcats Homecoming game with a 52-17 win.
The Grizzlies started an aerial barrage on the SV defense from the opening whistle. Quarterback Luke Falk threw just one incompletion in six attempts during the drive, and Beau Artist finished it off with a touchdown for a quick 7-0 lead.
Falk completed a pass to Taylor Compton – both Compton and Artist are former SV players – a few minutes later to give Logan a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter, and the route appeared to be on.
However, Logan’s Tanner McIntire fumbled the ball during the next possession for Logan, turning over control to Sky View at the 43 yard line. The Grizzlies struggled with turnovers in their Homecoming game last week against Roy as they coughed it up five times in the near upset.
“It happens sometimes. It’s something that we have to overcome every single week,” Artist said. “We fixed the turnover margin from last week.”
Sky View took advantage of the turnover and drove down the field. SV quarterback Braxton Godderidge completed a 26-yard pass to running back Skyler Hunt to bring the Bobcats to the Grizzlies 17, but they were forced to kick a field goal after failing to advance the ball further.
After a quick threez-and-out by Logan, Godderidge had another long pass to Hunt up the sideline. Once again the Bobcats found themselves on the Grizzlies 17 yard line as the first quarter ended.
This time, however, the Bobcats were successful.
Daniel Lemon shook off a smothering, Logan safety and hauled in a pass from Godderidge for a touchdown. SV declined the pass interference call and made the PAT, pulling to within four at 14-10.
“That was the highlight of the evening,” Sky View head coach Craig Anhder said. “We moved the ball and scored and stopped them on defense. We just couldn’t maintain it.”
Sky View had a chance to draw even closer or take the lead after another defense stop, but a fade pass on fourth and one was caught just out of bounds, allowing Logan to take over on downs.
The joy in the Sky View fan section was short-lived from that point on. Falk was would not be denied and he threw his team out of several tough spots, including two straight third and 10 bailouts.
Falk threw a 53-yard pass over the top of the defense to Jesse Braddy, and fittingly, Braddy scored for the Grizzlies on a 1-yard run two plays later.
The final two minutes of the half saw Logan score another touchdown from Compton and then tack on a field goal as time expired for a 31-10 halftime lead.
“Our challenge at halftime was that we wanted to be perfect on every drive and we’re capable of doing that,” Logan head coach Mike Favero said.
Braddy found his way into the end zone again after a 41-yard reception halfway through the third quarter. Hagen Andersen also scored for Logan on a 4-yard pass over the middle. Heading into the fourth quarter, Logan had increased its lead to 45-10.
Sky View was able to generate some excitement and get on the board again when Ethan Dursteler scored on a 63-yard scamper, but it was too little, too late for the Bobcats.
“That was exciting. It was nice to see Ethan get that stiff arm out and use it a little bit there,” Anhder said.
The Grizzlies (6-1, 3-0), who had benched their starters at the beginning of the fourth quarter, brought them back for one more drive. Like so many before it, this one ended with a Falk TD pass – he had six on the night to go along with a ridiculous 469 yards passing.
“That was our style of play and our tempo,” Favero said. “That was Luke seeing the field, understanding the coverage, understanding our routes, understanding our scheme.”
The Grizzlies will look to continue their valley dominance next Friday when they play host to rival Mountain Crest. The Mustangs (5-2, 3-0) held off a tough Box Elder team to win their Homecoming game Friday. Sky View (2-5, 0-3), meanwhile, will head on the road and look to rekindle their early season fire after dropping five straight.