Based on what he’s seen in just a few weeks on the job, Croshaw likens his team to the movie "300." “There’s not many of us, but we’re pretty good.”
Cottonwood Colts at a glance
Coach: Greg Croshaw takes over as Cottonwood’s head coach, his first head coaching job in the high school ranks. He’s a graduate of Chief Sealth High School in Seattle.
(9 returning starters; Spread offense)
The potential is there for Cottonwood to be the most explosive offense in 5A. It starts in the trenches. Dakota Jenkins-Baty, Lo Falemaka, Niva Kinikini and Elijah Tupai are all returning starters on the offensive line. Falemaka has committed to Utah. The lone newcomer is Stephen Anderson. Tight end Siale Fakailuatonga has committed to Utah as well, but he’s been out all summer with a knee injury and probably won’t be back to full strength until region play. QB Cooper Bateman should have a fantastic season playing behind such a great line, while running back Gabe Hosea should benefit as well. Inoke Lotulelei is a BYU commit and arguably the best receiver in the state, while Sione Moli and Tejon Reeves will be quality targets for Bateman too.
(8 returning starters)
A new defensive philosophy should help Cottonwood improve on its awful defense from a year ago. There’s definitely talent to build around. TJ Fehoko was an all-region defensive lineman as a freshman last year. A starter on the offensive line, Tupai will get some playing time on the defensive line as well, a position he is being recruited at. Dorien Banks is back at linebacker after racking up 76 tackles last year, while his brother is a returning starter at cornerback.
Coaches preseason Region 3 straw poll: Third
Deseret News Region 3 prediction: Third
Bottom line: Cottonwood’s players have been through so much uncertainty this offseason, they probably can’t wait to finally get the season underway. Despite the turmoil, this is still a very talented offensive team that will put up a ton of points. Stopping people is an entirely different matter. Even though the coaching staff is putting more emphasis on defense this season, results won’t happen overnight and the Colts will have a hard time beating either Jordan or Alta in Region 3 as a result.
Aug. 17 — Bye
Aug. 24 — at Logan, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — at Davis, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — SKYLINE, Wash., 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — BINGHAM, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at West Jordan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Brighton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — JORDAN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at Copper Hills, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — ALTA, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Cottonwood High School
All-time record: 171-252-3 (42 years)
Region championships: 6 (1984, 2005 co, 2007 co, 2008, 2009 co, 2010)
Playoff appearances: 21
All-time playoff record: 16-21
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-2
Most played rivalry: 36 meetings with Skyline dating back to 1972. Skyline leads 30-6. Last met 2010.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Cottonwood combined with West Jordan for 1,216 total yards and set the single-game record for two teams (Sept. 30, 2011).
Cottonwood coaching history
2012-current — Greg Croshaw
2010-2011 — Josh Lyman (15-6)
2007-2009 — Cecil Thomas (31-7)
2000-2006 — Tom Jones (34-46)
1998-1999 — Steve Coburn (2-17)
1991-1997 — Mike Reardon (12-51)
1979-1990 — Tom Jones (52-68)
1970-1978 — Unknown (24-57)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2008 — Steve Romero, QB
2008 — Isi Sofele, RB
2008 — Alo Moli, WR
2008 — John Martinez, OL
2008 — Percy Taumoelau, OL
2007 — Isi Sofele, RB
2007 — John Martinez, OL
2007 — Lynn Katoa, LB
2006 — Braydon Anderson, OL
2005 — Alex Cate, QB
2005 — Stanley Havili, RB
2005 — Nick Mostyn, OL
2005 — Matt Martinez, LB
2004 — Alex Cate, QB
2004 — Stanley Havili, RB
2004 — Tyler Hutchins, DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.
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