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Dream title pairing: Logan vs. Mtn. Crest

Cache Valley should be very proud of Logan and Mountain Crest High Schools, as the two cross-town rivals brought home some nice state championship hardware Friday night.

The Grizzlies captured their first Class 3A title by beating Pine View High School 56-21, while and Mountain Crest stunned Highland 16-13 for the Class 4A championship.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it would make sense for Logan and Mountain Crest to settle everything in a nice game of "turkey bowl."

"That would be great," said Logan quarterback Riley Nelson. "We're the two best teams in the north. We would be ready, they would be ready, and I'll bet we could fill Romney Stadium."

In their current championship seasons, Logan and Mountain Crest didn't play each other. Although the Grizzlies offered them a game, the Mustangs declined and filled the date with 5A Northridge.

Why Mountain Crest would turn down their biggest rival is a question Logan head coach Mike Favero couldn't answer. The move was a little disappointing to many of the Grizzlies players who grew up playing them every year.

"I played Mountain Crest for years. They're our biggest rival," said junior offensive lineman Brad Theurer. "I would love another game with them. I think everyone in Cache Valley would be there."

With both the 3A and 4A state champions just down the road from each other, it's a tantalizing match-up.

Considering the Grizzlies hammered 5A champion Skyline only a few weeks ago, the game could reveal the best team in the state.

Clearly, great rivalries should continue but it's unclear if this one will since the Grizzlies have dropped down to 3A and Mountain Crest seems to prefer playing bigger 5A schools.

Favero says Logan is willing to play the best teams in the state and left it at that — but what about a possible game with the Mustangs next year?

"We have great respect for Mountain Crest's program, and we would love to play them," he said.

Will they ever play?

"Ask Mountain Crest."

Actually, Romney Stadium has played host to a state championship game between a pair of Cache County teams. When Sky View and Mountain Crest reached the 1987 3A title game, Utah High School Activities Association moved that game from Rice Stadium in Salt Lake to Romney Stadium in Logan. School districts called off class that day, businesses closes, and nearly 20,000 people witnessed the title game, won by Mountain Crest.


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