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Grizzlies romp to region title

LOGAN — The Logan Grizzlies are officially region champs.

After a 43-0 thumping of Bear River, the Grizz can turn their attention to the state playoffs and the Park City Miners.

"It's a good feeling to go undefeated in region play. It's not an easy thing to do and it's something we're proud of. Our defense has played awesome the last few weeks — we played very well this year when we had to. We know Park City is a good team. They're fast, big, and we need to be ready to go next week," said Logan junior QB Jeff Manning.

If the Grizzlies can put on a defensive clinic as they did on Friday night, they should be confident preparing for next week.

Logan completely shut down Bear River's offense, forcing two fumbles and eight punts and pressuring the Bears' punt team to snap the ball over the punter's head, and out of the end zone.

Grizzly running back KC Taylor started the scoring with a pair of 13-yard touchdown runs, one in the first and one in the second quarter. The safety came in the middle of the two runs, and Logan took a 15-0 lead heading to halftime.

With 9:31 remaining in the third, Manning tossed a nice 24-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Kris Sellers making it 22-0. A recovered fumble on the Bears 22-yard line led to another Manning touchdown pass, a ball from 11-yards out that was tipped at the goal line to a wide-open Logan Brown for the score.

A Will Thornley 8-yard scamper with 1:50 left in the 3rd boosted the scoring output to 36-0, and the starters then became spectators on senior night in Logan.

The Grizzles would add one more touchdown in the fourth on a 13-yard fade route from sophomore Tyler Stevens to Zach Skabelund.

Manning has all the qualities you look for in a quarterback. He's 6-foot-4, has a good arm, can run the ball out of Logan's spread offense, and the name on the back of his jersey isn't a bad one have.

Even so, he knows the offense needs to be more consistent admittedly beginning with his own reads, or they won't get to far in the state tournament.

The upcoming road is tough for the Grizzlies. Park City comes to Logan out of arguably 3A's toughest region as the No. 4 seed. The first-round match-up will showcase two of 3A's top five teams, and is certainly one of the premier first round match-ups.