Grizzlies get last growl in Region 5 wars

Oct 24 2013 - 11:08pm

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Logan’s Kyle Gyllenskog tackles Box Elder’s Riley Burt on Thursday night in Logan.
John Zsiray/Herald Journal
Logan’s Kyle Gyllenskog tackles Box Elder’s Riley Burt on Thursday night in Logan.

LOGAN -- It turns out the Grizzlies found a way to get the job done on both sides of the ball.

Or were the Bees the culprit?

A first half featuring lead changes and trick plays and plenty of excitement turned into a Logan rout as the Grizzlies capped a perfect regular season with a a 36-15 victory over the Box Elder Bees on Thursday evening.

A Box Elder win would have created a three-way tied for first place. Instead, the Bees are left wondering what went wrong after halftime.

Logan outscored Box Elder 21-3 after the break, as Grizzlies QB Chase Nelson ran for a 37-yard TD and tossed two late TD passes to put the contest out of reach.

Box Elder, the No. 3 seed in Region 5, got off to a sweet start as receiver Jayk Brooks tossed a 25-yard TD pass to quarterback Shad Watson to get the scoring started.

Logan answered with a Nelson to Tanner McIntire TD pass.

Box Elder took advantage of great field position to back ahead 12-7 on a short Brian Bunderson run. Both of the Bees' PATs were unsuccessful on the day.

The Grizzlies took the lead for good just before the halftime break on Nelson's 16-yard TD pass to Hartman Rector.

Peter Gerlach added a 24-yard field goal in the second half for the Bees, who seemed unable to come up with any sustained drives after the break. A pair of interceptions hindered Box Elder's cause as well.

Nelson capped the scoring with short TD passes to Rector and McIntire.

Breckin Gunter, who finished with 80 rushing yards on the ground, combined with Luke Peterson to pace the Box Elder defense.

 

* MOUNTAIN CREST 44, OGDEN 18: At Hyrum, the visiting Tigers, in search of their first league victory in the season finale, only could keep up for the first quarter before falling behind against the host Mustangs, who will also miss the state 4-A football playoffs.

Ogden trailed 7-6 after the first period, but fell behind 30-12 by halftime. A couple of fumbles and other miscues cost the Tigers any momentum they might have had.

Mountain Crest also recorded a safety in its season finale.

The state 4-A and 5-A playoffs begin next Friday around the state, with the finals set for Nov. 22 at Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The state 3-A, 2-A and 1-A playoffs will wrap on Nov. 16 at WSU's Stewart Stadium.

* SKY VIEW 56, ROY 35: At Smithfield, the Royals saw a strong start fizzle out in the final Region 5 shootout of the season.

Both teams enter next week's state 4-A playoffs knowing they can score. The question is, who will bring the defense?

Roy led 14-7 and later 21-14, but gave up a pair of Dane Anderson touchdowns just before halftime to trail 28-21 at the break.

The Royals knotted the score at 28, but the Bobcats then tacked on four straight touchdowns to pull away from the visitors.

Cody Hobbs and Nate Jones each caught a pair of TD passes for Roy, while Justin Weaver added a short TD run. Jones and Skylar Hoover also hooked up on a long TD pass play for Roy, the No. 4 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

Braxton Godderidge tossed five TD passes, two to Anderson, and ran for another score for the high-flying Bobcats, who will host a playoff game next week.

Non-league

* CLEARFIELD 28, VIEWMONT 7: At Bountiful, a pair of Davis County teams closed out their tough 2013 campaigns, each looking for the second win of the season.

And it was the visiting Falcons who overcame a slow start to win the final three quarters and post the convincing victory.

Kelly Thorpe accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground, as the Falcons improved to 2-8 on the season.

Viewmont go on the board first with a 74-yard TD strike from Cole Huish to Jared Barnum.

The Falcons matched the score through the air in the second quarter, as Ricky Martinez and Thorpe combined on a 36-yard scoring play.

The Falcons took charge after halftime as Thorpe went in from 2 and 10 yards out. Jacques Carter added a short fourth-quarter scoring run, and the Clearfield defense shut down the Vikings (1-9) the rest of the way.

 

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