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High school football: Olympus Titans 2012 preview

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 11:50 p.m. MDT

The Titans are a pass-oriented offense; therefore, replacing QB Scott Porter (2,586 passing yards with 23 touchdowns) is the main priority.

With the season-opener on Aug. 17 approaching, Olympus has a whopping five quarterbacks competing for the starting gig. It’s extremely risky this late in the offseason to have multiple players competing for the position in fear of division amongst the team.

“It’s a great stress,” Whitehead said. “ (But) it’s a luxury to have this problem."

The mixture is comprised of two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore: Corbin Anderson, Connor Haller, Zack Hodgson, Griffin Orme and Chase Manning.

“Every one of them is absolutely capable of running this offense,” Whitehead said. “This week — and we’re only into our third session here — holy cow. We’re seeing some great things. They’re all athletes and every single one them could be somewhere else on the field and they’ll start somewhere else. It’s not like we just have five sub-par kids. They’re all great.”

Naming a starting quarterback is crucial, and the odds are high that happens in the near future.

“I want a clear-cut starter,” Whitehead said. “I’m not a fan of splitting time at quarterback — not at all.”

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Olympus increased the percentage of run plays this fall. Right now, it’s the strongest position on the depth chart with three quality sprinters.

Anthony Schoenfeld, only at 5-foot-6 and 140-pounds, is a deceptive back that’s extremely dangerous in the open field.

Jake Jones is a traditional between-the-tackles powerback. He’s “fantasy” players dream, as he’s expected to pick up short yardage in goal-line situations.

Then, Coleman Meier has potential to become a highlight express with what Whitehead described as, “absolute gamebreaking speed.”

Defense

(1 returning starter; Base 4-3 defense)

Olympus truly is an unknown on defense this season. With only one returning starter it’s a great possibility Olympus will struggle early in the season.

The secondary is regarded as an explosive, speed-driven unit. Tate Benson, a rangy, big-hitting safety, will intimidate opposing offenses from trying deep post routes across the middle.

In 2011, the Titans surrendered 14 points or less seven times. It’ll be a great accomplishment if that mark is approached this year.

Coaches Region 7 straw poll: Third

Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Third

Bottom line: The region championship still goes through Olympus, but the odds of the Titans repeating this season are unlikely. The Titans simply are too inexperienced to challenge Herriman and Skyline, which at this point seem extremely solid in Region 7. A game to circle is Sept. 14 at Westlake. If everything goes according to plans that could determine the third and fourth spot. Come October, if Olympus finds a grove it has the athletes to surprise doubters. It’s safe to say it would be a tough draw to face Olympus in the first round of the playoffs ultimately.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — SKY VIEW, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at Northridge, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — ALTA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — TAYLORSVILLE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at Westlake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — MURRAY, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — at Herriman, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Hillcrest, 7 p.m.

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