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High school football: Plenty of change going on in Region 2

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 10:28 p.m. MDT

1. Viewmont: The Vikings are one of the more stable programs in the region, but they lost a lot of experience to graduation. The key will be how quickly and cohesively the new starters can become a cooperative unit. They're one of the smaller teams in a region full of big, physical players, so they'll have to rely on athleticism and quickness, as well as grit, if the want to do well. 2011 record: 8-4. Playoffs: Lost to Jordan 43-7 in the 5A quarterfinals.

2. Hunter: The Wolverines have had the toughest luck when it's come to coaches. With four coaches in three years (one lasted just a few weeks), the players are understandably guarded. But Henderson knows the players, the program and the community and that should help me gain their trust and respect. Hunter has great athletes who just need guidance and discipline. 2011 record: 3-7. Playoffs: Lost to Lone Peak 51-6 in the first round.

3. West: The Panthers could be a very dangerous team this year. They have size, experience, depth, and now they have a coach who seems to connect with his players in a very significant way. The team camped out during two-a-days to bridge some of the social gaps that exist on the diverse team. They said they feel more bonded, and more hungry for success, than ever. 2011 record: 6-6. Playoffs: Lost 10-0 in the 5A quarterfinals.

4. Kearns: The Cougars will struggle after losing four starters to transfers. But the players said the challenges have not only bonded them, but forced them to work harder in the off-season. Better prepared and playing with something to prove, this team could be special. 2011 record: 4-7. Playoffs: Lost to Bingham 38-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Granger: The Lancers got off to their best start in more than a decade last year, but then the coach who led them to that 4-0 start took a job with a college program. But Cecil Thomas left a college program to take the helm of the Lancers program and promises to continue the upward direction of the program. 2011 record: 6-4. Playoffs: Didn't make the playoffs.

6. Taylorsville: The Warriors have a new coaching staff and a very different approach. They also have a new quarterback in Tristinn Martinez, but an experienced offensive line and fullback in senior Tage Taylor. The Warriors are looking to do more than participate this season as they want to compete for a chance at the playoffs. 2011 record: 1-9. Playoffs: Didn't make the playoffs.

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