Hall rallies Mountain Crest past Logan (with video)

<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>It was all on the line for the Logan and Mountain Crest football teams Friday.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>The top two teams in Region 5 met on the gridiron with first-place up for grabs and bragging</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>on the line, but it was the Mustangs who pulled out the come-from-behind 17-10 victory to grab sole-possession atop the region.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>“It’s just one game,” MC head coach Mark Woott</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>n said. “It’s huge for the community, but it’s just one game. If we go and lose next week, then what does it mean? We’ve got to keep going and get better. Our defense had it schemed very well and did an incredible job.”</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>Defense told the tale for both sides early, as the teams traded possession and punts throughout the first quarter. Logan Quarterback Luke Falk threw six consecutive incompletions to start the game, but finally strung together some passes to move the Grizzlies down the field.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>A 17-yard strike put the ball at the Mountain Crest 13-yard line, and on the next play, Falk found Hagen Anderson down the sideline for a touchdown toss that gave Logan the 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>The defensive struggle continued, but Logan won the battle of field position and managed a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with a little more than five minutes remaining in the half.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>The Mustangs defense made sure that was the last time the Grizzlies scored.</strong>

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The second half belonged to Eddie Hall and the Mustangs scored 17 unanswered points. Hall moved from running back to quarterback at the half, which is just what Mountain Crest needed.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>The three-year starter proved to be the difference, breaking countless tackles on a 57-yard run to knot the game at 10 late in the third, and took the ball in from 5 yards out for the game-winner with 48 seconds remaining.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>“My coaches taught me how to run through everybody through arm tackles, whether they’re hitting me low or high,” Hall said. “Our defense stepped up. That game is for our defense, it goes all on them. They helped us a lot, and in return that’s what we do is give them rest so they can go back out there and punish them some more.”</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>Hall racked up 198 yards on the ground and 57 through the air for a total of 275 yards of offense, and the Grizzlies had no answer to slow him down while the offense struggled against a stubborn Mustang secondary.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>Falk was hit and forced to rush throws often, resulting in overthrows and an interception. Down seven with less than a minute to play, Falk and the Grizzlies were unable to mount a drive and a desperation heave sailed well out-of-bounds as time expired.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>“We play good defense, as do they,” Logan head coach Mike Favero said. “We expected a dogfight and we got one and came out on the short end. They put the ball in (Hall’s) hands. Obviously he’s a great running back and he was their quarterback. It was frustrating but credit to him.”</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>Mountain Crest improved to 4-0 in region play, part of a 6-2 overall record, with the win, avenging losses to the Grizzlies each of the past two years. Logan fell to 3-1 in region, and also holds a 6-2 overall record with two games to play.</strong>

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<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.7625257822219282″ style=”font-family: Times; font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;”>The Mustangs hold a one game lead with two games to play, as they host Roy next Friday, Oct. 12, while the Grizzlies travel to Box Elder. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.</strong>

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