High school football: Juab Wasps 2012 preview

Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 10:44 p.m. MDT

Whether the coaching staff goes with junior Jeff Rowley or sophomore Nick Robbins at quarterback, neither has taken a varsity snap. That's always a concern heading into a season, even though Bowring seems comfortable with both. Fullback is an unsettled position. Dalton Harmon is a player more suited to play slot receiver in the spread offense, but he might need to play fullback if the experiment doesn’t work with Trevor Fowkes. Kaden Kelson is another offensive weapon who may end up playing multiple positions, but he’s a rushing and receiving threat that defenses will need to keep track of.

Defense

(3 returning starters)

The Wasps surrendered 25 ppg last year, a number it should be able to improve on despite just three returning starters. Fowkes returns at middle linebacker after racking up 60 tackles last year, while Harmon (27 tackles) and Dalton Brooks (41 tackles) are also back this year. Chandler Vance is the lone returning starter on the defensive line. Dalton Gee and Kaden Kelson will help anchor the secondary.

Coaches preseason Region 12 straw poll: Third

Deseret News Region 12 prediction: Fifth

Bottom line: Based on the personnel turnover at Delta and Spanish Fork — not to mention the increased expectations at Payson, Carbon and North Sanpete — every region game this year could be a battle for Juab. The Wasps are talented enough to make the playoffs, but the lack of experience could hurt in what figure to be tight games in the fourth quarter — especially with three of five region games on the road.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — CANYON VIEW, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at Grantsville, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — SALEM HILLS, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — at Wasatch, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — PARK CITY, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — at North Sanpete, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — SPANISH FORK, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Payson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Delta, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 — CARBON, 7 p.m.

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Felts Facts for Juab High School

All-time record: 239-307-3 (57 years)

Region championships: 6 (1976 co, 1995, 1997, 2005 co, 2006 co, 2008)

Playoff appearances: 29

All-time playoff record: 15-29

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-2

Most played rivalry: 47 meetings with North Sanpete dating back to 1957. Juab leads 25-22. Meet on Sept. 21.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Juab played four overtime games in 2010, the most in a season. The Wasps went into OT three consecutive weeks. ... Juab shares the single-game safety record (tied with two others) of three, set in 1995 against Morgan.

Juab coaching history

2003-current — Mike Bowring (68-34)

1999-2002 — Will Biesinger (18-25)

1992-1998 — Paul Messersmith (48-26)

1991 — Alan Sperry (3-6)

1988-1990 — Raymond Nielsen (4-21)

1985-1987 — Fenton Broadhead (8-18)

1976-1984 — Lee Scott (35-54)

1971-1975 — unknown (24-25-2)

1967-1970 — Dennis Hansen (18-19)

1964-1966 — LeRoy Davis (1-23)

1962-1963 — Verl Shell (2-14)

1960-1961 — unknown (1-15-1)

1959 — Cary LaComb (3-4)

1957-1958 — unknown(4-11)

1956 — Marcus Garrett (2-6)

1955 — unknown (0-6)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2010 — Elias Brooks, LB

2008 — Jordan Bainter, OL/DL

2008 — Jameson Izatt, OL/DL

2008 — Cody Keisel, FB/LB

2008 — Chandler Street, RB/DB

2007 — Kade Brough, OL/DL

2007 — Jordan Jones, QB/DB

2006 — Tyler Davidson, WR/LB

2006 — Landon Nielson, WR/DB

2006 — Todd Watts, OL/LB

2005 — Shane Blackett, QB/DB

2005 — Kyle Callaway, OL/DL

2005 — Trent Stowell, OL/DL

2004 — Trevor Jones, RB

2004 — Matt Howard, RB

2004 — Kellen Nielson, WR

2004 — Jordan Guillory, OL

2002 — Justin Hooper, DL

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.

Email: jedward@desnews.com

Twitter: @DNewsPreps

Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.

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