They were the first two Logan Grizzlies through the postgame congratulatory line on the steaming hot turf at Cottonwood High School.
Seniors Chase Nelson and Taylor Compton patted the Colts and shook their hands moments after defeating their second straight 5A opponent on the road to start the 2013 campaign.
The dynamic quarterback-wideout duo had some jaw-dropping plays in their 24-7 win over 5A Cottonwood Thursday afternoon, but as Nelson said, the high-octane Logan spread offense had too many turnovers, too many flags and too many mistakes.
"This week I certainly didn’t play the way I should have to give my team a chance," Nelson said. "I’ve got a lot of work to do. Thing is, I’ve got a lot of playmakers that make up for that."
He isn’t lying.
Nelson threw three touchdowns in the win — each to a different playmaker — as the Grizzlies were able to keep the Cottonwood defense, though stout at times, off balance.
Looking like a spitting image of older brother Riley, the former BYU quarterback who is Logan’s offensive coordinator, Chase Nelson extended plays, bowled over linebackers and threw various passes all over the field. He even found Tanner McIntire on a patented Nelson family jump touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
But it all starts with Compton.
The dynamic speedster hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Nelson in the second quarter, minutes after Nelson found Chad Artist for a touchdown on a third-and-10 play.
"Chase has always been my best friend," Compton said. "We’re just out there playing and having fun together and trying push each other to get better. Enjoying every minute of it."
But Nelson reiterated that he must fix the turnovers. He fumbled the ball twice against the Colts and threw an interception early in the fourth quarter.
"We’re lucky to come away with this one," he said.
Cottonwood scored its lone touchdown of the game on the heels of Howard Pututau recovering one of Nelson’s fumbles. He returned it to the Logan 9-yard line. Early in the fourth quarter, Colts quarterback Tevita Gerber found Pututau for a 3-yard touchdown.
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