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High school football: Logan Grizzlies 2019 preview

Note: Logan finished with a 9-2 overall record in 2018 and was second in Region 12 with a 4-1 record. It lost to Pine View 68-50 in the 4A first round.

Logan 2018 Offensive and Defensive Stats

LOGAN — After back-too-back losing seasons in 2016 and 2017, it appeared Logan’s football program had reclaimed its stability last year when first-year coach Travis Van Leeuwen guided the program to a 9-2 record and a playoff appearance.

That stability, however, will have to come from elsewhere. Van Leeuwen left for the Ridgeline coaching job this offseason, leaving Logan with a third different head coach in three seasons.

New coach Bart Bowen, who coached at Cottonwood for one season last year, knows it’s been a different situation for Logan’s players the past three years but he’s been impressed with how they’ve handled it.

“My message to them is it’s about you the kids. If you guys bond together and play together then it doesn’t matter who your coach is, you’re playing for each other. The coach is just guiding the ship. It’s up to you guys to get your teammates invested, get to practice, learn the playbook. We’ve had a lot of success this summer, getting them to buy in. They’re already a tight-knit group of kids cause the coaches haven’t been consistent,” Bowen said.

Bowen is tweaking the offense from the spread last year and will be utilizing multiple offenses. He said the goal is to use all 53 yards sideline to sideline with the purpose of getting the ball to the talented skill position players.

Logan must replace an extremely talented quarterback from last year in Jonny Parkinson, but Bowen has been pleased with how the new players have adjusted this year.

Defensively, Bowen said it’s been beneficial to have the same defensive coordinator back as last season.

“The best thing is our defensive coordinator is returning, so a lot of similarity. The defense is the same. At camp they were making the calls you typically make in late September so they’re really far ahead,” said Bowen.

Logan opens at Provo in Week 1 which will be a great early test against a team with a lot of returning experience.

Logan Grizzlies at a glance

Coach: Bart Bowen takes over as head coach at Logan after a stint at Cottonwood. Bowen is a graduate of Bear River High School.

Coach Bowen comments on the new UHSAA RPI:

“It’s different being up here as opposed to (Cottonwood). I have a different perspective now. I think the percentages need to be adjustmed where region means a little bit more. The nonconference games tend to be weighted a little heavier with the way they put the points. You should be rewarded for winning your region championship. You can schedule whoever you want in nonconference but in region you don’t get a choice. State tells you this is who you’re playing, and if you win that group you should be rewarded for it. You should get a little bump in those RPI points..”

Logan Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Bart Bowen

2018 offensive production: 31.9 ppg (6th in 4A)

— 4 returning starters

— Pro/spread offense

Key offensive returning starters

Kade Thornley (RB)

Carried the ball 194 times for 933 yards and nine touchdowns.

Tennyson Hadfield (OT)

Returning starting tackle is one of three returning starters back on the O-line

Returning offensive starters

Tennyson Hadfield (T)

Brandon Willie-Perez (G)

Ace Kennington (C)

Kade Thornley (RB)

Offensive newcomers to watch

Dallas Esplin (OL)

Quincy Wildman (OL)

Darin Johnson (OL)

Ethan Wilson (QB)

Jaylen Sargent (WR)

Tyson Sauer (WR)

Isaac Larsen (WR)

Coach Bowen comments on returning O-lineman:

“There’s kind of a catch-22, when you have returning starters they’re used to doing things a certain way and when a new coach comes in sometimes it can be ‘well we did this last year and we did this the year before.’ It’s actually been really good having that experience because we are running like philosophies and like schemes. It’s just a matter of them learning our language. And so we’ve actually had a lot of success with those three returning, being leaders of the team. Our run game will be a lot stronger because of it.”

Coach Bowen comments on QB competition:

“There’s always a competition, we try and breed that with the kids. There’s a clear front-runner, he’s my only senior, he transferred from Mountain Crest, Ethan Wilson. He’s been our guy through camp. We have two other guys competing for the job, Cooper Pond and Kellen Roper. It’s hard to replace a Jonny Parkinson, but what we’re going with is efficient throws, easy reads and trying to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hand quickly so that one, it takes pressure off our O-line, but it makes it easier on an inexperienced quarterback.”

Coach Bowen comments on running back Kade Thornley:

“He started at quarterback as a sophomore and is an excellent football player and could definitely step into the quarterback role for us. For my philosophy we build our offense around the running back position so we want a guy who can get the hard yards, get outside in space and when he gets into the open field he makes plays. That kind of why we have him focused on running back right now. He’s definitely a guy we’ll try and put packages together for him where he’s catching snaps, but right now we want him touching the ball as much as possible.”

Coach Bowen comments on learning the new offensive scheme:

“Offensively we’re still in that learning phase but the guys have picked it up really well. You see the lightbulb clicking where they go ‘oh yeah we ran it last year and we called it this.’ It’s building that bridge between languages. I tell them football is football. They ran this, they called it this; we run this, it’s the same thing. It’s building that bridge. I think by Week 1 our offense will be clicking on offense.”

Keys for Offensive Success in 2019:

Kade Thornley is the top offensive weapon on the team, and Bowen said it’s important that he’s utilized as much as possible and in the best spots to be successful. With three returning starters on the offensive line, Bowen said it’s important that Thornley has a great year running the football.

Logan Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Kevin Rice

2018 defensive production: 25.3 ppg (12th in 4A)

— 6 returning starters

— 4-2-5 defense

Key defensive returning starters

— Isaac Larsen (CB)

Returns after recording 37 tackles and five interceptions last year for the Grizzlies.

— Chris Shopbell (LB)

Finished second on the team last year with 85 tackles and returns to anchor the heart of the defense.

Returning defensive starters

Isaac Larsen (CB)

Chris Shopbell (LB)

Tyson Sauer (S)

Jaylen Sargent (CB)

Andrew Thompson (LB) — moving from safety

Isaac Hopkins (DE)

Defensive newcomers to watch

Jason Tegt (S)

Nile Munson (DL)

Johan Martinez (DL)

Ace Kennington (DL)

Brandon Willie (DL)

Tennyson Hadfield (DL)

Coach Bowen comments on outstanding corner back Isaac Larsen:

“Ike Larsen has got an offer from Utah State right now at corner. He’s done a really good job at being physical. He likes to compete. It’s going to be really hard to get the ball to his side of the field.”

Coach Bowen comments on defensive line:

“I feel really good about it. Our philosophy is the defensive line sets up the plays for the linebackers. We want them plugging holes and letting the linebackers do the work, so we’re preaching selflessness and humility on that defensive line and be physical and get after it.”

Coach Bowen comments on linebackers:

“Andrew Thompson will play middle linebacker this year along with Chris Shopbell. Last year we had him in that safety role cause we had other guys in that position. They’ve both done a really good job reading their keys, they’re physical players. Shopbell is a player who’s going to play on both sides of the ball and he likes to hit people.”

Keys for Defensive Success in 2019:

Logan has plenty of returning experience at linebacker and in the secondary, but the defensive line will feature numerous newcomers. The coaching staff hopes to rotate quite a few players on the defensive front, and how quickly the group picks things up will determine the type of season it is defensively.

Bottom line:

There’s always uncertainty with a coaching change. In 2015, Logan won the state championship but with a new coach in 2016 it won just one game. Last year Logan went 9-2 with a first-year head coach, but with another first-year head coach this year, how will the team respond? It’s hard to expect a big drop off with the talent that Bowen has returning especially on defense. It might not win nine games with a new quarterback, but it should be competition with every team in Region 11.

Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News Region 11 prediction: Sixth

Key Region Game: vs. Ridgeline, Sept. 27 (Week 7)

2019 Schedule

Aug. 16 — at Provo, 7 p.m.

Aug. 23 — STANSBURY, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30 — PRESTON, IDAHO, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — AT DESERT PINES, NEV., 12 p.m.

Sept. 13 — at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — at Bear River, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 — RIDGELINE, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 — SKY VIEW, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Green Canyon, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Logan High School

All-time record: 526-376-24 (103 years)

Region championships: 27 (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1931, 1932, 1947, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1966 co, 1967 co, 1978, 1979 co, 1985 co, 1986 co, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2000, 2001 co, 2005, 2007, 2010 co, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Playoff appearances: 50

Current playoff appearance streak: 1 (2018)

All-time playoff record: 53-42

State championships: 8 (1978, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)

State championship record: 8-8

Most played rivalry: 98 meetings with Box Elder dating back to 1919. Box Elder leads 62-33-3.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Logan holds four of the top-10 spots in all-time season passing yards. ... Riley Nelson set season records for total offense (5,842 yards), TD passes (53, tied for first) and TDs-responsible-for (84), all in 2005. Nelson also has the records for championship-game total offense (496 yards in 2005) and TDs-responsible-for (7 in 2005). … In 2012, Luke Falk set the state mark for season passing attempts (562) and completions (330). … Richie Geertsen still leads the state in season receiving yards (1,769 in 1989) and championship-game receiving TDs (4 in 1989). ... Taylor Compton owns the record for season receptions (107 in 2012). … Lee Allred caught 11 passes to set a championship-game record, in 1978. … Kicker Courtney Cano hit 81 extra points in 2005 to establish yet another state record for Logan.

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Last 5

  • 2018 — 9-2 (4-1 in Region 12 – 4A First round)
  • 2017 — 2-8 (0-5 in Region 12 – Missed playoffs)
  • 2016 — 1-9 (1-6 in 3AA North – Missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 11-2 (6-0 in 3AA North – 3AA Champions)
  • 2014 — 7-4 (4-2 in Region 5 – 4A First round)

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Logan coaching history

  • 2019 — Bart Bowen (0-0)
  • 2018 — Travis Van Leeuwen (9-2)
  • 2016-2017 — Jayson Anderson (3-17)
  • 1999-2015 — Mike Favero (149-60)
  • 1979-1998 — Perry Christensen (114-92)
  • 1977-1978 — Mel Galli (16-5)
  • 1974-1976 — Steve Malnar (3-24)
  • 1964-1973 — Hal Lewis (42-51)
  • 1963 — John Whatcott (4-1-2)
  • 1947-1962 — Cliff Poole (81-52)
  • 1927-1946 — R. Burns Crookston (76-51)
  • 1924-1926 — unknown (7-11)
  • 1922-1923 — Wilf Romney (9-3)
  • 1920-1921 — Dixon Kapple (8-5)
  • 1919 — unknown (1-3)

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Deseret News Mr. Football recipients

  • 2005 — Riley Nelson, QB

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

  • 2015 — Hunter Horsley, QB
  • 2011 — D.J. Nelson, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2018 — Jonny Parkinson, QB
  • 2018 — Timm Van Leeuwen, WR
  • 2016 — Jace Perry, CB
  • 2015 — Spencer Corbett, WR
  • 2015 — Hartman Rector, WR
  • 2015 — Cade Parrish, OL
  • 2015 — Troy Murray, DL
  • 2015 — Ben Miller, LB
  • 2015 — Colton Hatch, DB
  • 2015 — Eric Laub, DB
  • 2015 — Josh Young, K
  • 2014 — Chad Artist, WR
  • 2013 — Chase Nelson, QB
  • 2013 — Taylor Compton, WR
  • 2013 — Angel Reyes, K
  • 2012 — Luke Falk, QB
  • 2012 — Hunter Ballam, DB
  • 2011 —John Schmidt, RB/WR
  • 2011 — Dalton Cole, OL
  • 2011 — Caden Andersen, DL
  • 2011 — Chasen Andersen, LB
  • 2011 — Jake Thompson, K

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.