Sandy • He was supposed to be gone by now, cruising along the highway into Idaho, up into the panhandle then just west across the border, to his new life.
Football camp at Washington State University begins Wednesday, and Luke Falk had planned to leave Logan for Pullman, Wash., on Saturday.
His friends, however, wanted one more game with their quarterback.
“There was a lot of peer pressure,” Falk said.
So instead of unloading boxes and settling into his new dorm room, Falk put on his gold and crimson Logan Grizzlies helmet once more.
The Utah high school football All-Star games Saturday at Alta High School were a last hurrah for many. Coaches and parents sat in the June heat, buzzing with anticipation for what the upcoming high school season would bring. But for some of the players on the field, it would be the final moments of their careers.
In the first game of the day, San Juan’s Barkley Christensen found Manti’s Austin Jackson wide open in the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown, helping the All-Stars from classes 1A and 2A beat Class 3A’s squad in a game that featured sparse sidelines and no extra points. The kickers could not be there.
And afterward, parents gathered to take pictures with their sons as the June sun set, and shadows began to stretch across the field.
“It’ll be the last time I get to play with my friends,” Falk said before he took the field, dropping spirals into the arms of his receivers.
Falk threw for 3,618 yards and 36 touchdowns for Logan last season.
On his last full day in Utah, the quarterback took the opportunity to find former Friday night enemies — Sky View’s Daniel Lemon and Mountain Crest’s Eddy Hall. He also made sure to hit familiar targets: Logan teammates Hagen Andersen, son of former Utah State coach Gary Andersen, and Jesse Braddy, who will play football at Dixie State.
On the sideline, surrounded by former Friday night enemies turned friends, Falk cheered on Logan’s defensive stars Hunter Ballam and Chasen Andersen, Hagen’s brother and a BYU commit.
Washington State was his top choice entering his senior year, but Falk said he “never got much attention” from the Cougars. He committed to Cornell.
“Right out of the blue, [Washington State’s staff] started talking to me, and then Cornell’s coach left,” Falk said. “I almost see it like fate.”
But on Saturday, the car and the U-Haul packed with boxes would have to wait.