High school football preview: Region 10 teams look to rebound

Published: Thursday, Aug. 2 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

3. WASATCH: The Wasps are a fairly unknown commodity heading into the 2012 season. The lack of experience typically warrants red flags, but chatter of supreme athletic ability has steadily been surfacing from opposing coaches across the state. Juan Diego coach John Colosimo picked the Wasps to win the region championship this year and nominated them as a top five team in 3A. Right now, Wasatch currently is in the midst of a quarterback battle between juniors James Delacenserie and Jake Larson, with both profiling as elite slingers. The Wasps have the possibility of becoming the surprise team of the year. 2011 RECORD: 5-6. PLAYOFFS: Lost to Hurricane in first round.

4. PARK CITY: The Miners are looking to rebound after a disppointiung season with three talented sprinters in the backfield. Seniors Treavor Kelsch, Alex Boyle and Peter Papineau will split carries. Park City will likely have impactful contributions from multiple sophomores and freshman throughout the season, which usually goes hand-in-hand with growing pains. 2011 RECORD: 3-8. PLAYOFFS: Lost to Desert Hills in first round.

5. UINTAH: For the first time in quite some time, Uintah has created a miniature buzz. With eight returning starters, the Utes should be much more competitive this season. Uintah, despite the added experience, is still young with many underclassmen contributing. Look for quarterback Mavrick Lindquist to be more efficient and greatly decrease his interception total with a solid supporting cast around him. 2011 RECORD: 1-8. PLAYOFFS: Lost to Delta in first round.

6. UNION: The Cougars have fallen upon hard times since reaching the semifinals in 2007. This year, there's cause for hope with several returning starters one year removed from a winless season. Quarterback Jayde Bertoch, who also suffered from poor decisions as a junior, should improve with an extra year of maturity. Defensively, the Cougars will see a drastic turnaround. George Kaufusi (51 tackles) Matt Dye (36 tackles, one sack, one interception) are back along with last season's leading tackler Steven Welsh (84 tackles). 2011 RECORD: 0-10. PLAYOFFS: Did not qualify.

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