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Note: Skyline finished with a 7-4 overall record and was second in Region 7 with a 4-1 record in 2011. It lost to East, 20-13, in the 4A quarterfinals.
SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time since 1986 a different man will pace the sidelines at Skyline High as the school's head football coach.
Roger Dupaix — after 301 career victories (246 of them with Skyline), 67 playoff wins and eight state championships — retired after the 2011 season.
In the 1990s, Dupaix led the Eagles to seven 5A state championships, including a record five straight from 1995 to 1999.
In 2012, Steve Marlowe inherits the reigns to the most decorated program in Utah history. And for those wondering what will change on the horizon?
“Well, it’s hard to argue with success. I learned a lot of great things about football from Roger Dupaix,” Marlowe said. “We were together for 27 years. So, a lot of things will stay the same. We want to be consistent. The kids need to look at the coaches and see preparation and being able to make a commitment and believing in each other.”
The Eagles, known for their heralded option-attack, will still execute from the flex-bone.
“We’ve always run the option and whether it’s out of shotgun or under center we’re going to run the option again,” Marlowe said. “The thing the option teaches is toughness, execution and discipline. That’s really the basis for any good football program.”
Tyler Snyder, an intuitive thrower with the capability to connect on deep routes, will orchestrate the offense. The offense should certainly see an increase in production, comparable to years past where the passing game was limited. In fact, during sparse time as a junior, Snyder accounted for 33 percent (221 yards) of the team's passing totals in 2011.
“(We’ll have) the opportunity this year to throw a little bit more because we have a really great receiving corps and also a real good quarterback,” Marlowe said. “We like to throw the ball downfield but we like the option pass.”
However, the question mark hovering over the offense is directly over the trenches. If Skyline wants to develop a legitimate passing threat, the offensive line has to be addressed.
“I’m not worried about our specialty. The concern we have is our linemen,” Marlowe said. “At Skyline we don’t have real big, physical lineman. We have small, quick lineman. We’re a little low in numbers, but I think we’ll be fine.
“That’s the great thing about the option is you can disguise some of the blocking schemes,” Marlowe added. “There’s five or six different ways to run every option play. So being quick and smart — knowing your blocking assignments, even if you are blocking big, strong defenses — you still can have success.”
The program goals remain the same. During summer conditioning, as players fired off to cadence, the roars of “beat Olympus,” “win region” and “take state” echoed to Wasatch Boulevard.
“We had our goal-setting session and we tried to get that focus on what we need to do to be successful, which, No. 1, we always want to beat Olympus,” Marlowe said. “And then we want to try to win the region championship and then the state championship.
“Setting goals is the easiest part, but determining how you’re going to reach those goals is the hard part. Hard work and commitment is the key to a successful season.”
Are those goals within reach? Can Skyline snap a three-game losing streak to Olympus, win its first region championship since 2004 and capture the state title for the 15th time in school history in what would be its first since 2005?
“I think that anybody that sells themselves short is doing a real disservice to the kids,” Marlowe said in reference to accomplishing those hefty goals. “Football, like most things in life, is about 90 percent mental. Its amazing what you can achieve when you believe.”
Skyline Eagles at a glance
Coach: Steve Marlowe enters his first season as a head coach, but he’s no stranger to the game with 27 years of experience at Skyline alone.
(5 returning starters; Flexbone offense)
Despite the added aerial luxury that QB Tyler Snyder provides, the priority still remains on the ground. Skyline lost literally its entire offensive production to graduation.
Dylan Daugherty, Maurice Mapps Jr. and Zach Williams combined for 370 carries, 2,611 yards and 32 touchdowns last year.
Nonetheless, Marlowe is confident that the numbers won’t dip. Snyder, Chris Williams, and Brandon Lier — a bruising fullback who recently transferred from Carmel, Calif. — are expected to carry the bulk of the load. But the backfield could stretch as deep as six.
WR Garrett England, a 6-foot-4 BYU commit, will headline the offense. In 2011, he missed a huge chunk of the season due to injury, but was still impressive enough to merit a scholarship with the Cougars.
(5 returning starters; Base 4-3 defense)
In its seven wins last year, Skyline was nasty, allowing a combined 96 points, including holding 3A power Juan Diego to 125 total yards during a 27-7 win.
On the other end of the spectrum, in the four losses, the Eagles gave up 108 points including 42 to Olympus and 33 to Hurricane.
Defensive coordinator Justin Thompson will handle the defense this season with previous stints at Hunter and East. “He’s in his 15th year of coaching, which is kind of young for us,” quipped Marlowe.
Coaches preseason Region 7 straw poll: Second
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Second
Bottom line: Expect much of the same from the Eagles. It’s almost a sure-fire bet that Skyline will cash in a winning record. But just how successful can this team be? Right now, Skyline is looking up at Herriman in the region, but counting out the navy and gold is never a logical thought process.
Aug. 17 — at Hurricane, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — SYRACUSE, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — CEDAR, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at Juan Diego, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — at Murray, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — HERRIMAN, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — HILLCREST, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — at Westlake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at Olympus, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Skyline High School
All-time record: 416-158-1 (50 years)
Region championships: 20 (1965, 1966, 1967, 1969 co, 1972, 1976, 1978 co, 1979, 1987 co, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 co, 1995,
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
Playoff appearances: 41
All-time playoff record: 87-27
State championships: 14 (1967, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005,)
State championship record: 14-6
*Most played rivalry: 46 meetings with Olympus dating back to 1962. Skyline leads 26-19-1. Meet on Oct. 12.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Skyline holds several playoff records, including most championship game victories (14), most consecutive championships (five), most consecutive playoff wins and most total playoff wins (87). ... The Eagles have never lost a home playoff game (37-0). ... Skyline holds the record for consecutive winning seasons with 23 from 1989 to the present. ... Skyline also holds the record for most consecutive scoring games (262) from 1986-2007.
Skyline coaching history
2012 — Steve Marlowe
1986-2011 — Roger DuPaix (246-74)
1982-1985 — Ray Groth (17-23)
1980-1981 — Gil Cordova (7-13)
1968-1979 — Ken Schmidt (108-26)
1964-1967 — H.G. Linford (31-10)
1962-1963 — Wayne Startin (7-12)
Deseret News Mr. Football recipients
2000 — Steve Tate, QB
1999 — Bo Nagahi, DB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Zach Russon, OL,Comment on this story
2010 — Nick Johnson OL
2008 — Tenny Palepoi, DL
2005 — Matt Marshall, QB
2005 — Brian Vaaulu, OL
2004 — Tony Bergstrom, OL
2004 — Will Falk, LB
2003 — Mitch Reid, QB
2003 — Matt Bauman, DL
2003 — Taylor Pendley, LB
2003 — Spencer Orr, DB
2002 — Tysen Clements, QB
2002 — Danny Copinga, RB
2002 — Ben Anderton, DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.