High school football: Tooele Buffaloes 2012 preview

Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 9:05 a.m. MDT

With what should be an improved defense and a more efficient offense, Tooele should be much more competitive in 2012.

“If we improve every week with as young as we are, I’m hoping we can compete in region and hopefully knock off a couple teams. I know last year we didn’t win any games, but I feel this year if we compete in those first nonregion games and get some confidence then when it comes region we might have a chance to surprise a few teams,” said Brady.

Tooele Buffaloes at a glance

Coach: Kyle Brady is entering his second year as head coach at Tooele after an 0-10 rookie season. He’s a graduate of Tooele High School and was the 2002 Deseret News Mr. Football recipient.

Offense

(2 returning starters; Wing-T offense)

Tooele doesn’t have much size on the offensive line, but the switch to the Wing-T offense should help minimize the negatives associated with that. Tooele has quite a few quality “scat back” type kids who should have success in the Wing-T. Seth Manning is a wrestler along with fullback Zach Coffman who will place on the wing. Juniors Adam Pace and J.D. Furuta will also see plenty of carries at the wings. Andrew Spendlove will start at tight end, and he’ll be a big part of the running game and passing game. As a sophomore last year, he had 22 catches for 317 yards.

Defense

(3 returning starters)

Tooele gave up over 36 points per game last year, but looking back on it coach Brady believes field position was a big part of that. Against Stansbury in Week 5, Tooele stood toe-to-toe with the Stallions in the first half and the game was tied at 7-7, but turnovers put the defense in bad spots and it eventually lost 35-7. Coffman and Johnny Sullivan will anchor the defensive line, and the 6-foot-2 Sullivan is much more comfortable this year. He moved to Utah right at the end of two-a-days last year, and was playing catch-up with the rest of the season. Pace and Furuta will play the safety positions, and Brady said the defense is designed for them to come up and make tackles.

Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News Region 11 prediction: Sixth

Bottom line: It can’t get any worse than 0-10, but there’s no nothing that says 0-10 can’t happen again. Tooele is doing everything it can to guard against that, and the switch to the Wing-T offense should help. At the end of the day, Tooele is still a very young football team and winning a game or two would be a step in the right direction.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — at Judge Memorial, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — CYPRUS, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — UNION, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — at Hillcrest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at Stansbury, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — GRANTSVILLE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — at Ogden, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — BEN LOMOND, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Bear River, 7 p.m.

Felt’s Facts for Tooele High School

All-time record: 374-435-20 (96 years)

Region championships: 19 (1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1962, 1985,

1988 co, 2001, 2002)

Playoff appearances: 33

All-time playoff record: 31-28

State championships: 5 (1928, 1929, 1933, 1937, 2002)

State championship record: 4-3

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