LOGAN — Mountain Crest running back Mike Zollinger is going to receive all of the glory for Mountain Crest's 38-27 victory over rival Logan on Friday night, but he knows his offensive line deserves all the credit.
Zollinger rushed for 245 yards — including 196 in the second half — and four touchdowns in leading the Mustangs to an 11-point victory over the Grizzlies.
"If it wasn't for how good they are (the offensive linemen) I wouldn't be nothing," said Zollinger, who was averaging just 75 yards a game heading into Friday's contest.
"We've been conditioned all year and our O-Line kicked in," he continued. "We've always been a second-half team. We kicked it in gear. We knew we needed it."
The Mustangs all but abandoned their passing game in the second half, only throwing the ball four times for 17 yards. With the play of linemen Kevin Swensen, Alex Anderson, Justin Tolman, Trent Cutler, Brian Pickett and Chandler Whittier, the Mustangs didn't need to throw it.
Led by Zollinger's 196 and Brady Wootton's 76, the Mustangs rushed for 285 yards in the second half alone and 369 for the game. Quarterback Brady Zimmerman, who rushed for 27 yards, threw for 113 more as the Mustangs racked up 482 yards total offense.
"We got beat up front," Logan coach Mike Favero said. "The Zollinger kid ran the ball hard and their offensive line did a great job. If you can't stop the run you're not going to win many games."
With the victory, the Mustangs evened their record to 4-4, and more importantly, increased their Region 4 mark to 2-1.
Logan quarterback Riley Nelson scored two of his three touchdowns on the Grizzlies' first two possessions (10 and 5 yards). Zollinger added touchdown runs of 2 and 11 yards to tie the game at 14-14 at the half.
The Mustangs took a brief lead in the second half on a 33-yard run by Wootton, who rushed for 96 yards.
Nelson hit Robbie Maughan with a 23-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 21-21, but the Mustangs scored the next 10 points to take the lead for good.
Braden Whiting drilled a 46-yard field goal (he just missed a 46-yarder wide right earlier in the game) and Zollinger scored on a 20-yard run for the first of his two second-half scores.
Nelson added a 12-yard run for the Grizzlies and Zollinger added his final score of 41 yards midway through the fourth quarter.