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High school football: Altamont Longhorns 2012 preview

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 10:52 p.m. MDT

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Note: Altamont finished with a 2-8 overall record and a 1-5 record in the 1A North Division in 2011. It lost to Layton Christian, 28-21, in the 1A quarterfinals.

When asked what he expects out of his team in the upcoming season, Altamont head coach Mick Fieldstead paused, and then said, “I’m not really sure.”

He then added, “We have a lot of young kids, but they have quite a bit of experience.”

Those players earned their experience the hard way, winning just two games last season, only one of which was to an in-state foe with a late-season victory over Milford.

Since then, the Longhorns graduated two kids — their quarterback and a contributing running back —but return their core, including all of their offensive and defensive lines. The team will be led this season by six seniors, three of whom started while the rest still had plenty of time on the field last year.

“We have a pretty good senior class coming back,” Fieldstead said. “They are our leaders.”

Alex Mackay is one of those leaders. The senior spent last year both catching and throwing the ball and is now competing for the spot as QB-1.

“We lost our quarterback, but we now have two kids competing for that position,” Fieldstead said, mentioning both Mackay and junior Dillon Lindsey.

Other seniors include linemen Sheldon Thacker, Blake Thompson, and Cassidy Smith, who was an all-state selection last season; Chance Goodrich, a tight end and linebacker; and Kyle Foy, who returns as the team’s leading rusher after posting 1,405 yards last season.

“He was our top running back and was all-state last year,” Fieldstead said of Foy. “We’re glad him to have him back out there this year.”

Fieldstead is also glad to have another Foy, sophomore Rylee, back on the field. Rylee Foy was one of three freshmen — along with Talon Gines and Slaton Thompson ­— to see playing time last season.

Rylee Foy is a lineman who started both ways a year ago. Gines earned time as a tight end and linebacker. And Thompson filled the roles of defensive back, running back and receiver.

“There will be a couple sophomores who will be playing quite a bit,” Fieldstead said of those boys.

Many of the boys on the 35-person Longhorn football team — which makes up approximately 45 percent of the male class at Altamont High — also wrestle. And, Fieldstead says, although they are not very big, the experience winning on the wrestling mat is translating to the football field.

“We’re not real big, but we are quick. And the boys work very hard. I think we have a pretty good shot being there near the end — if we can stay healthy.”

Altamont Longhorns at a glance

Coach: Mick Fieldstead is entering his fourth year as the head coach at Altamont, having compiled an overall record of 15-17. Fieldstead is a graduate of Altamont High.

Offense

(9 returning starters; Multiple-formation offenses)

The Longhorns run the ball 80 percent of the time, which primarily means getting the ball into the hands of senior Kyle Foy, who had over 1,400 yards as a junior. The quarterback position is in a state of flux as senior Alex Mackay — who was the backup QB a year ago ­— and junior Dillon Lindsey compete for that spot. The offensive line is anchored by senior all-stater Cassidy Smith, and he is surrounded by the same group that started with him a year ago.

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