Excessive College Soccer: Deseret Information Preseason High 25 Rating
With four of the top five teams in the top 25 football rankings of the Deseret News Preseason this season, Region 4 will again be the focus of high school football in Utah this fall.
And even then, it’s all about the Region 4 favorite and three-time national champion Corner Canyon. A winner of 40 games in a row and a dominant 2020 campaign, Corner Canyon is loaded defensively with nine returning starters that goes offensively with five returning starters.
After graduating from Jaxson Dart, there will be a new starter at QB this year, but another transfer could ultimately strengthen the position as USC is required to move Devin Brown from Arizona to Utah.
When he finally gets the go-ahead, he’ll join a region that’s already filled with great quarterback talent along with McCae Hillstead of Skyridge and Maddux Madsen of American Fork.
Lone Peak checks in at # 2 on the preseason rankings after finishing second at Corner Canyon with a 6A a year ago.
Skyridge will open the season in third place in the top 25 rankings and with seven starters has what it takes to dethrone Corner Canyon. In fact, it was the only team that didn’t lose double digits to Corner Canyon last year when the Chargers passed Skyridge to win in Region 29-26 a year ago.
Hillstead combined runner-up for 51 passing and rushing touchdowns a year ago, and expectations for his junior season are even higher.
Orem takes fourth place in the preseason rankings as the top ranked team in 5A goes into the season to win the fifth consecutive state championship. It is the only non-Region 4 team in the top 5 of the preseason.
The final spot in the preseason top 5 belongs to American Fork, which is offensively occupied with six returning starters, including Madsen, who passed 48 touchdowns a year ago.
Rounding out the top 10 of the preseason – which correlates with the ranking of preseason coaches by class – No. 6 Bingham, No. 7 Weber, No. 8 Timpview, No. 9 East and No. 10 Pleasant Grove.
See the entire top 25 of the preseason here.