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Prep Football: Logan overcomes injuries to top Bountiful

Published September 1, 2012 8:08 pm

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Bountiful • Luke Falk and Jesse Braddy could have been all Logan had left, and the Grizzlies may still have won.

By the time the Grizzlies finished a thorough 35-14 beatdown of No. 2-ranked Bountiful on Friday, Logan was down nine starters due to injury. Down went a receiver and the kicker and a lineman.

But Falk, the senior quarterback of the defending Class 4A state champions, was nearly perfect, totaling 329 yards on 32-of-46 passing with three touchdowns. His only miscue was an interception in the first half. He focused most of his attention on finding Braddy, who caught 15 of those passes for 175 yards and, with teammates going down all around him, scored four touchdowns.

"Whoever can step up, we'll take it," Logan coach Mike Favero said.

Or whoever's left. Six starters were out before Friday, and the number just kept growing.

Football injuries aren't medically contagious, but don't try telling Logan's players that.

"I was scared out of my mind," senior safety Hunter Ballam said.

Ballam has a funny way of responding to fear. While Falk and Braddy were playing their own game on offense, the senior, who moved from strong safety to free safety after Chase Nelson injured his knee in the first quarter, recorded an unthinkable four interceptions.

"Who gets four in a game?" Falk marveled afterward.

Indeed, the game was one of big numbers, whether it was Falk in the air or Braddy and Ballam pulling balls from it. However, Logan played from behind early.

Behind a strong run game from senior running back Jakob Hunt, Bountiful opened up a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

With the game tied 14-14 at the start of the third, Falk engineered an efficient, passing-only drive that lasted only 98 seconds and culminated with Braddy's third touchdown. Bountiful turned the ball over on its next two possessions, killing any momentum leftover from the first half.

And Logan took over. —

In short

R Logan's Jesse Braddy had three touchdowns and Hunter Ballam recorded four interceptions.