Despite Logan’s best efforts to get the ruling overturned, the Grizzlies will be forced to play their second round playoff game without the services of quarterback Chase Nelson.
“We’ve spent a number of hours reviewing this, I’ve discussed with officials and we’ve watched the film,” UHSAA supervisor of officials Mike Petty said. “The film is like NCAA or NFL. There’s not enough evidence that we would overturn the ejection.”
During the second quarter of Logan’s matchup with Bountiful on Friday, Nelson put the Grizzlies ahead 13-7 with a touchdown run and after the play was over was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Officials said Nelson attempted to kick an opponent and two different referees threw penalty flags.
“The player clearly made a motion, a kicking motion,” Petty said after reviewing the play on film.
Unfortunately for Logan, it was Nelson’s second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and by rule was ejected and suspended.
Logan head coach Mike Favero and other Logan administrators appealed to the UHSAA to overturn the suspension but Petty said the rule is clear.
“Our bylaws do not allow players to appeal an ejection,” Petty said. “But out of courtesy to the school, and sometimes the situation warrants it, we will look at the circumstances and get the officials report.”
Logan High emailed a statement saying “Logan High School administration and coaching staff are disappointed that this ruling was not overturned and we believe that Chase Nelson should be allowed to play in this week’s game. We have pursued all options under the UHSAA guidelines in trying to have the ejection overturned.”
Coach Favero went a step further and explained what some of those options were.
Favero said Nelson was looked at by a two separate doctors to get a “valid” assessment, and that there was video evidence of Nelson holding his knee after the play in which he was ejected.
“Number one, the Nelson family and Logan High School were never afforded the opportunity for due process,” Favero said. “There was overwhelming medical evidence from two of the finest medical surgeons in Cache Valley that (Nelson’s) actions were medical reactions.”
The Grizzlies, the Region 5 No. 1 seed after going 10-0 during the regular season, host Region 7 No. 3 seed Olympus, which defeated Springville last week 43-37 on a trick-play on the final play of the game.
Kickoff between the Grizzlies and Titans is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at Crimson Field.