High school football: Morgan Trojans 2012 preview

Published: Thursday, Aug. 2 2012 10:24 p.m. MDT

In fact, during summer conditioning it wasn’t uncommon to see a player or two puking in the dumpster.

It’s all about trying to get bigger, stronger and faster to crack the Top 2.

“We’ll have to play good to get first or second, but I think we have the athletes to do that,” said Christiansen.

Morgan Trojans at a glance

Coach:Kovi Christiansen is entering his sixth season as Morgan’s head coach with a career coaching record of 38-19. He’s a graduate of Lovell High in Wyoming.

Offense

(4 returning starters; Double Wing-T offense)

K.T. Tibbits was in line to take over the starting quarterback role, but he decided he’d rather play wide receiver. His decision opens the door for junior Ben Saunders to slide into the starting role. Morgan ranked seventh in 3A scoring offense last year at 33 ppg, but with Bridger Anderson, Kade Carrigan, Lantzen Toomer and Joseph Kippen all returning at running back, it’s hard to imagine it won’t improve upon that number this fall.

Defense

(6 returning starters)

It’s all about speed this year. And in a region where the team to beat features an option quarterback that’s being recruited by Georgia Tech, Morgan's speed will come in handy. The defensive line will be anchored by Ethan Hipwell and Kyle Stapley. Hipwell would prefer to play linebacker, but coach Christiansen said he’s too valuable at defensive end to move. Toomer and Anderson are returning starters at linebacker, with big-hitting Anderson setting the tone for the entire team. Carrigan is a returning starter in the secondary. Morgan lost its two leading tacklers from a year ago, but the coaching staff isn’t too concern based on the quality of its six returning starters.

Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll: Second

Deseret News Region 11 prediction: Third

Bottom line: There’s no reason to think Morgan won’t be better this year with those four returning contributors at running back. Both Stansbury and Grantsville return even more returning starters though, so the Trojans will have their work cut out cracking the Top 2 in Region 11. Morgan is a school rich in football tradition, and with Stansbury and Grantsville both travelling to Morgan this year, a region championship isn’t out of the question.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — at Maple Mountain, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — SOUTH SUMMIT 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — WASATCH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — GRANTSVILLE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at Ben Lomond, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — STANSBURY, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — BEAR RIVER, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Tooele, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Ogden, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Roy, 7 p.m.

Felt’s Facts for Morgan High School

All-time record: 417-312-22 (84 years)

Region championships: 21(1930 co, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1975 co, 1976, 1977 co, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1991 co, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005 co, 2008)

Playoff appearances: 44

All-time playoff record: 46-38

State championships: 6 (1940, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1997,)

State championship record: 6-4

Most played rivalry: 82 meetings with Wasatch dating back to 1928. Wasatch leads 49-31-2. Meet on Aug. 31.

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