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High school football: North Summit Braves 2012 preview

Published: Monday, July 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Scholes will start at fullback, and between the quartet of ball carriers North Summit is hoping for better production offensively than the 20 points it averaged a year ago.

North Summit Braves at a glance

Coach: Devin Smith is entering his second season as head coach at his alma mater after guiding the Braves to a 6-5 record in 2011.

Offense

(2 returning starters; Option offense)

In addition to a revamped backfield, North Summit is counting on experience in the trenches to make a difference in 2012. Cameron Smith is the team’s best returning lineman, and he’ll again start at guard. Senior Dylan Bingham and junior Austin Simister shared time at the other guard position last year, but both will be regulars this year as one of the two moves to a tackle position. Even though Ben Stephens wasn’t North Summit’s starting QB last year, he filled in on two occasions and was basically thrown to the wolves against Millard and San Juan. That experience playing quarterback at the varsity level can only help him this year.

Defense

(4 returning starters)

The lasting image from the 2011 season for the Braves was seeing San Juan bully them around in the 38-0 quarterfinal loss. The players hope an offseason of dedication in the weight room produces better results. The strength of this year’s team is at linebacker with returning starters Scholes and part-time starter Trevor Hale. Defensive linemen Smith and Landon Richins are back as well after racking up around 40 tackles each a year ago. Richins is a big kid who has really filled out this offseason. He's someone coach Smith expects to have a great season.

Coaches preseason 2A North straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News 2A North prediction: Fifth

Bottom line: Last season was incredibly frustrating for North Summit. One week it took care of business against a middle-of-the-pack 2A team, and the next it was getting crushed by a top-tier team. This year will be much of the same if North Summit doesn’t toughen up in the trenches. With four of its first five games on the road, including games at Duchesne, Millard and Manti, the Braves will find out right away if they’ve closed the gap in 2012. Duchesne, Millard and Manti combined to outscore North Summit 91-12 last year.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — at Beaver, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at Duchesne, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at Millard, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at Manti, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — NORTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — SOUTH SUMMIT, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Gunnison, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — EMERY, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 — Playoffs

Felt’s Facts for North Summit High School

All-time record: 406-350-23 (86 years)

Region championships: 21 (1928, 1929, 1930 co, 1937, 1955, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 co, 1978, 1983 co, 1989, 1990, 1991 co, 2006, 2007)

Playoff appearances: 44

All-time playoff record: 47-37

State championships: 7 (1964, 1972, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2007, 2008)

State championship record: 7-4

Most played rivalry: 92 meetings with Park City dating back to 1926. North Summit leads 47-42-3. Last met in 2004.

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