LAYTON -- In terms of significance, the stakes don't get much lower than non-league football contests in August.
However, when it comes to intensity, drama and spectacular playmaking, Logan and Northridge raised the curtain on the curtain on the 2013 prep campaign with quite a show.
The two squads combined for 42 fourth quarter points and nearly entered overtime for an encore, however a 33-yard Northridge field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide right to give the Grizzlies a 41-38 season-opening win.
After a shaky start that featured a pair of first half interceptions by both Logan's Chase Nelson's and Northridge's Nate Kusuda, both quarterbacks settled in and staged big performances.
Kusuda finished the evening completing 22-of-34 passes for 501 yards, which unofficially would be one of the top 10 showings in state history. He also threw five touchdowns, with 197 of his yards going to tight end Jace Colby. Not to be outdone, Nelson threw for 368 yards and four TDs, while also running for a score.
A 65-yard scoring reception by Colby gave the Knights a 20-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter, which is when things got wild.
Nelson threw a five-yard touchdown to Taylor Compton to put the Grizzlies up 24-20 and then after recovering a fumbled pooch kick, Nelson scored on a two-yard to cap off a short drive to make it 31-20.
Northridge narrowed the gap with 9:15 to play on a 31-yard Kusuda to Houston Lacey completion, but Logan tacked on a field goal to widen its lead to 34-26 with 8:22 left.
Kusuda again whittled away at the deficit with a 43-yard scoring connection to Dallas Moklebust with 4:07 to go in the game, but a dropped two-point conversion left the Knights trailing by two.
After forcing the Grizzlies to punt, Northridge drove 60 yards in less than a minute to take the lead at 38-34 on a three-yard connection between Kusuda and Austin Ricks with 1:38 showing on the clock.
However, Nelson marched the Grizzlies 76 yards down the field 62 seconds to put the Grizzlies back on top for good when he found Hartman Rector in the end zone.
Kusuda moved the Knights 64 yards to the Logan 16 in the final 36 seconds setting the stage for the stage for the missed field goal to end the game.