Highschool soccer: Ridgeline, Sky View combat in Area 11

Losing in the playoffs is never easy, but the way Ridgeline’s football season ended last year was just gruesome, something no one has forgotten.

After losing to regional rivals Sky View in a last-second field in the regular season, Ridgeline was thrilled with the rematch in the 4A semifinals a few months later. COVID-19 has realistically destroyed all hopes for salvation.

Three of Ridgeline’s offensive linemen were banned from that extremely cold playoff game because of COVID-19, and then at the end of the second quarter, starting quarterback Kaden Cox, he was eliminated with a leg injury. Unsurprisingly, Ridgeline’s patchwork offensive spewed the entire game in the 28-0 defeat.

“That was as heartbreaking as you can get. I think they definitely have that in the back of their minds because we really couldn’t go out how we wanted and it wasn’t something we could control. We were put in a situation where there was nothing we could do about it and I think they all think about it all the time, ”said Ridgeline coach Travis Cox.

With six starters on either side of the ball for Ridgeline, including QB Kaden Cox, there’s a sense of business unfinished for the Riverhawks this year.

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Well, even if Ridgeline had been 100%, defending champions Sky View would still have been the favorite.

It is in the air who will be the favorite in week 6 of this season when the rematch takes place in the region.

A lot of that has to do with Sky View and its offensive newcomers, especially the quarterback. Kasen Erikson led Sky View to consecutive 4A state titles, and coach Chris Howell isn’t 100 percent sure who will take his place. Additionally, Sky View won’t have nearly the same type of mammoth offensive line as it did a year ago.

Howell believes that all the necessary pieces are still there to be just as successful, it’s just a matter of figuring it all out as the season progresses and handling the increased expectations.

“It’s a double-edged sword to have the success we’ve had because expectations are high and all of those things. I feel like the kids are feeling a little bit of pressure to keep the standard where it is so I’m really excited to see what this team looks like, ”Howell said.

A year ago, Sky View led 4A by only allowing for 13.2 ppg, and with seven starters back the numbers were almost as good. Howell believes Sky View’s offensive has the potential to get even better, albeit with outstanding, unproven talent and a lot of depth within the program.

While Sky View and Ridgeline were Region 11 class last year, Howell believes the gap could narrow a bit this year.

Green Canyon finished third in the region last year after narrowly falling to Ridgeline, and while the ‘Wolves have done a ton of starters, the talent they replace has the potential to get even better.

Sky View hit Green Canyon in a 7-on-7 this summer and Howell said he was very impressed with some of the things he saw.

The Logan numbers should also be greatly improved with six starters on the offensive and seven on the defensive. It will also be the third year for head coach Bart Bowen, and accordingly internal expectations are higher than they have been in years.

The X-factor in Region 11 this year is Mountain Crest.

After Mountain Crest won just two games last year – and none in the region – he made a managerial change and hired Randy Kerns, an Ohio native who has headed Ohio for the last six years.

He said he was pleasantly surprised at the overall talent he has inherited, but said it will take time for the “restart of the Mustang football program” to take shape.

Mountain Crest will learn a lot about itself in the first four weeks of the season as it competes against four straight 5A teams and is considered an underdog in every game.

Bear River is only returning a handful of starters this season and will face some very talented teams in Region 11.

Projections for region 11

(Preseason ranking is based on coach votes)

1. Ridgeline Riverhawks

  • All-time record: 32-25 (five years)

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Overall view from Coach Cox

“We have a good, solid return to the group that played a lot of football at Ridgeline. They are a confident group and should provide great guidance for the younger children. The key to the season will be the young kids who move up and replace some of the talent that has been lost over the past year. “

Offensive coordinator: Jeremy Livingston

Offense 2020: 37.1 ppg (fifth in 4A)

  • 7 recurring starters.
  • Spread insult.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Kaden Cox, QB
  • Strat Simmons, WR
  • Noah White, RB
  • Payton Knowles, TE
  • Alex Lundahl, OG
  • Jake everything, OT
  • Daimien Böhme, first floor

Key offensive newcomers

  • Easton Dahlke, C.
  • Jackson Olsen, WR
  • Peyton Knowles, TE

Defense Coordinator: Travis Cox

2020 defense: 20.8 ppg (fifth in 4A)

  • 6 recurring starters.
  • 3-4 defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Will Booth, LG
  • Kurtis Morgan, DL
  • Strat Simmons, S.
  • Luke Jacobsen, S.
  • Dillon May, DB
  • Jaxen Hollingsworth, LB

Important newcomers on the defensive

  • Tanner Pakett, DE
  • Cameron Craney, OLB
  • Owen Munk, LB

2. Sky View bobcats

  • All-time record: 307-257-8 (57 years)
  • State title: 2 (2019, 2020)

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Coach Howell general outlook

“We lost a lot of really good players last year, but we’re really happy about this year’s team. We have a lot of depth in our senior class. These kids have been part of two really good years at Sky View and they look forward to moving up and playing an important role on this year’s team. “

Offensive coordinator: Brandt Reese

Offense 2020: 37.3 ppg (fourth in 4A)

  • 4 recurring starters.
  • Multiple offenses.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Daxxon Dehek, OG
  • Kaden Mathews, OT
  • Kimball Jackson, TE
  • Truman Moser, TB

Key offensive newcomers

  • Garrett Zollinger, QB
  • Reed Wilde, RB
  • Davis Hall, WR
  • Jackson Sundstrom, WR
  • Cole Watterson, WR
  • Cordale Pond, c

Defense Coordinator: Chris Howell

2020 defense: 13.2 ppg (first in 4A)

  • 7 recurring starters.
  • 3-4 defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Kimball Jackson, OLB
  • Carson Dunkley, OLB
  • Reed Wilde, LB
  • Cole Watterson, S.
  • Davis Hall, CB
  • Izzy Torres, DE
  • Blake Bishop, DE

Important newcomers on the defensive

  • Jackson Sundstrom, FS
  • Kendrick Summers, DE
  • Gavin Stansziole, DL

3. Green Canyon Wolves

  • All-time record: 20-23 (four years)

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Trainer Anhder general outlook

“We will be a young team this year. Many younger subclasses begin. The new QB Jack Stephens has to learn the system. “

Offensive coordinator: Joaby Parker

Offense 2020: 25.7 ppg (10th in 4A)

  • 6 recurring starters.
  • Spread insult.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Kyle Baker, TE
  • Caden Stuart, Slot
  • Bryce Radfore, LT
  • Dylan Atkinson, OG
  • Larry Martin, OG
  • Thomas Cockran, C.

Key offensive newcomers

  • Jack Stephens, QB
  • Gavin Christensen, RB

Defense Coordinator: Cam Johnson

2020 defense: 25.8 ppg (12th in 4A)

  • 5 recurring starters.
  • 3-3 Stack Defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Cole Fife, S.
  • Cordell Coates, LB
  • Peyton wood, c
  • Tanner Tye, DE
  • Will, DT

Important newcomers on the defensive

  • Tate White, LB
  • Aiden Merrill, S.

4. Logan Grizzlies

  • All-time record: 533-391-24 (105 years)
  • State title: 8 (1978, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)

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Coach Bowen’s general outlook

“We were young last season and felt that we exceeded our expectations. We’re really looking forward to this season and the experiences we’re bringing back. We assume that we will be very strong defensively. Our offensive brings back some really good weapons with Kirk, Mason and Jenson. Our OL is returning three starters and two more played significant minutes last season. “

Offensive coordinator: Bart Bowen

Offense 2020: 21.5 ppg (16th in 4A)

  • 6 recurring starters.
  • Attack on the distribution of power.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Matt Mason, RB
  • Kody Kirk, QB
  • Gage Jenson, WR
  • Tyson Miller, C.
  • Jack Wang, OG
  • Tio Tupou, OG

Key offensive newcomers

Defense Coordinator: Dustin Long

2020 defense: 29.6 ppg (17th in 4A)

  • 7 recurring starters.
  • 3-4 defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Matt Mason, FS
  • Josh Thomsen, C.
  • Jaelin Hoth, C.
  • Measuring device Atkinson, OLB / S
  • Kai Laing, LB / DE
  • James Wang, NG
  • Porter Douglas, LB

Important newcomers on the defensive

5. Mountain Crest Mustangs

  • All-time record: 250-171 (38 years)
  • State title: 3 (1987, 2001, 2005)

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Coach Kern’s general outlook

“We don’t know what to expect this year. Most of our coaches are new so it’s essentially a fresh start for the Mustang football program. We look for continuous improvement all year round with complete changes in culture and programs across the board. The players are having a great summer and are positively welcoming the new program changes. As a new coach from Ohio, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall talent, work ethic, and knowledge of our kids. We have some recurring offense experience which obviously helps, but aside from returnees Terrell Lee and Preston Lofthouse, we’re breaking in a ton of new talent. Our schedule is unforgiving as our region is so competitive and out of league games with Stansbury, Wasatch and Maple Mountain are on the schedule. “

Offensive coordinator: Randy Kerns

Offense 2020: 14.3 ppg (20th in 4A)

  • 4 recurring starters.
  • Gun Wing-T offense.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Preston Lofthouse, QB
  • Jörgen Miller, OL
  • Nick Tolbert, OL
  • Andrew Belles, OL
  • Terrell Lee, WR

Key offensive newcomers

  • Garrett Austin, WR
  • Trevis Leiser, TE

Defense Coordinator: Matt Webb

2020 defense: 29.1 ppg (15th in 4A)

  • 4 recurring starters.
  • 4-3 defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Preston Lofthouse, DB
  • Martin Vasquez, DL
  • Deegan Anderson, DL
  • Terrell Lee, DB
  • Kolton Kirby, DB

Important newcomers on the defensive

  • Carson Olsen, LB
  • Dan Bindrup, LB
  • Alex I meet DL

6. Bear River Bears

  • All-time record: 404-463-19 (99 years)
  • State title: 3 (2003, 2004, 2006)

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General outlook from Coach Wise

“We are very young and really want to make progress over the course of the season. The learning curve is enormous because we are in great company in our region. I love our leadership from Senior Linebacker Kaeson Burn, whom everyone in the team looks up to. “

Offensive coordinator: Chris Wise

Offense 2020: 22.6 ppg (14th in 4A)

  • 3 recurring starters.
  • Multiple Option Offenses.

Return of the offensive starter

  • Bryan Lemus, OL
  • Garrison Marble, WR
  • Ryker Jeppsen, WR

Key offensive newcomers

  • Cutler John, WR
  • Sawyer Davis, WR
  • Talon marble, WR

Defense Coordinator: Jared Lish

2020 defense: 26.1 ppg (13th in 4A)

  • 4 recurring starters.
  • 3-4 defense.

Returned defensive starters

  • Kaeson Burn, LB
  • Alec Callister, LB
  • Garrison Marble, DB
  • Bryan Lemus, DL

Important newcomers on the defensive

  • Cutler John, DB
  • Sawyer Davis, DB
  • Talon marble, DB

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