WASHINGTON TERRACE — A preseason scouting report would tell opponents to go long and deep on the right side of the Bonneville secondary.
Bonneville’s breakdowns in the backfield and some costly turnovers led to an opening loss as Logan capitalized on the mistakes and sunk the Lakers 28-13 on Friday evening.
Logan wide receiver Timm Van Leeuwen hauled in touchdown passes of 34 and 33 yards from quarterback Jonny Parkinson on consecutive possessions in the first quarter to stake the Grizzlies to an early 14-0 lead.
Van Leeuwen also had a reception of 33 yards in the fourth quarter, giving him more than 100 yards on just those three catches.
“They’ve got some pretty good, tall receivers; their quarterback was on time and they were able to bring it down,” Bonneville coach Jantz Afuvai said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. Work to do all the way around, not just the DBs. If they have passes like that, we need to get more pressure up front.”
The Lakers cut the lead to 14-7 with 5:32 left in the second quarter when Trent Citte took an end-around pitch and found a wide-open Will Toller for a 25-yard scoring strike.
But Logan responded on a 1-yard run by Kade Thornley to up the lead to 21-7 at the half. Thornley also had a 3-yard TD in the fourth to cap the Grizzlies' scoring.
Logan totaled three touchdowns on two Bonneville interceptions and a fumble that put the defense at a disadvantage all night long.
“That’s something we will be working on. It’s not only first game jitters and things like that, we’ve got to find a rhythm we can work with offensively and defensively,” Afuvai said. “If we give up a turnover, we’ve got to be able to respond to that. They were 100 percent on those turnovers against us. That will be a big thing we will work on this week.”
Bonneville also mishandled many snaps and exchanges that didn’t lead to turnovers, something Afuvai said the Lakers had not struggled with in practice.
Mitchell Price added a final Bonneville touchdown on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds.
“These preseason games are all about finding out how to do what we do and put guys in the right place. There are a lot of things that are fixable, it’s not like there are things we can’t fix and it will start in about a half-hour,” Afuvai said.