by Daniel Olsen
It was a night to remember at Soaring Eagle Stadium for the visiting team as the Logan Grizzlies defeated Juan Diego 39-14.
While the Grizzlies played well, their team isn’t satisfied as they know tough games loom ahead. Logan hosts Bonneville (Idaho) at Maverik Stadium Friday night. It will be the start of an entertaining weekend as Utah State University hosts the UConn Huskies the next day on the same field.
“I’m really happy with where we’re at,” Logan High Coach Bart Bowen said. “But we’re still not where we need to be.”
It’s time to look at the key moments that led to the 25-point road victory for the Grizzlies.
The highest scorer of the game was wide receiver Andrew Thornley. Quarterback Keaton Pond connected with him in the end zone on three separate occasions throughout the game.
“Offensively, we were more physical,” Coach Bowen said. “We had guys breaking tackles and running hard. We wanted to establish the run game and we got that done.”
The Grizzlies focused on protecting the football and did not commit a single turnover as a result. One of their biggest plays of the night was an interception by Cooper Redd that led to a pick six touchdown early in the second half. At that point, it was clear that the Grizzlies weren’t planning on allowing a comeback anytime soon.
After the game, it was all smiles as the Grizzlies coaching staff awarded Redd the game ball for his efforts.
While the Grizzlies held their opponent to 14 points, it felt like they missed some opportunities to get a full shutout. They were aggressive enough to beat a Juan Diego team that has frankly struggled to put up points. That same team only managed seven points against the Skyline Eagles the previous week.
“The game plan was solid,” Logan Grizzlies Coach Bart Bowen said. “I felt like the defense played lights out. However, on their long pass play we had broken coverage. We also didn’t line up correctly in their last dive in for the touchdown.”
View the full photo gallery of the Logan @ Juan Diego game here.