Ah, football season. There’s something undeniably exciting about cheering under the Friday night lights, whether you’re on the side of the field with your hair styled in a high ponytail and pom-poms in your hands or you’re cozied up in sweaters and blankets in our roaring student section. Win or lose, you can expect Logan High students to brave the weather for their favorite players and boldly embrace the chill of Cache Valley’s crisp September and October nights.
But for so many of our senior Grizzlies, this time is bittersweet. The last football season marks the closing of an era; after this, yet another chapter of our fleeting high school careers will come to an inevitable end. No more worrying about the serious lack of parking on Logan High campus at 6:30 p.m., no more aspirations to become a True Grizz, no more watching those anticipated halftime shows… for many, this can be an emotional experience. For senior linebacker Blake Patterson, his last season has been especially memorable.
Raised in a football-loving home, Patterson developed his passion for the sport early on. By the second grade, Patterson had been actively studying, watching and playing football in his spare time. Now, he describes his time on the field as a kind of well-needed escape.
"[Football] is like being in your own sanctuary. You can forget about life for a few hours."
“The best part about being on the field is the moment you step on it,” Patterson said. “It’s like being in your own sanctuary. You can forget about life for a few hours.”
As Patterson reflected on his time in Logan High football, he described his team as welcoming and dependable, making his experience all the more enjoyable.
“Being on this team is like being in a giant family,” Patterson said. “You go out on a field with ten other guys who shed blood and tears with you while training and then you go out and compete with them. Everyone cares about each other. The guys around you become brothers who will always have your back. They become your support system when things get rough.”
“He was definitely really good and was a leader,” teammate Carson Manning said of Patterson. “He had a huge passion for the game and worked as hard anybody.”
“[Blake is] the epitome of sportsmanship and leadership,” seconded teammate Uriah Nash. “Blake is the guy that is always out putting in 110% effort in everything we do. He’s been a great example for all of us.”
Patterson attributes much of his success in football to the boundless support he has received over the years.
“My mom and my uncles are the biggest supporters I have,” said Patterson. “They push me to my best every day and are there for me when my best isn’t enough. My friends are also huge supporters; I don’t think I would have made it through the season without their support.”
As Patterson reflects on his career in Logan High football, he believes that his experience has taught him many valuable lessons that extend beyond the field.
“From my experience in football, I’ve learned that nothing in life comes easy,” he said. “You have to put in the work to see the results in your life.”