High school football: Weber Warriors 2012 preview

Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 8:56 a.m. MDT

"He's a tough sucker," Corbridge said of the 6-foot, 200-pound Mills. "He's pretty mean and ferocious; he likes to hit people.

"And he's so quick off the ball, those poor offensive linemen have a hard time blocking him. He's the strongest kid on our team."

Seniors Teagan Moore and Austin Ulugala will also see playing time at defensive tackle.

At middle linebacker, senior Case Crawford came to Weber from Syracuse, and junior Huston Wade is "a big kid and we expect a lot of good things from him," according to Corbridge.

At outside linebacker, senior Jaxon Gift is a returning starter, and he's joined by seniors Wes Young and Hunter Riggs.

At cornerback, Corbridge is hoping that senior Rayce Nye can come back from a couple of concussions, while seniors Taylor Robbins and Jake Vondrus will also see duty there.

The free safety position will be manned by senior Bleu Moran and junior Tyson Lindley, with seniors Elijah Taylor and Zack Huntsman at strong safety.

Corbridge feels like the Warriors' program is turning the corner, but he realizes it's a long, slow process, and he appreciates the patience of the administration and community.

"It's been a rough two years," he said. "We hope to sneak by one or two of 'em this year. We've got to be able to start competing and build some confidence in these kids.

"We hope to pull out a couple of 'em in preseason, and we've got high hopes with this group. We feel really good about 'em. These kids are players.

"I feel very good about things — a lot better than we did last year," the personal, positive-minded Corbridge said. "We're excited, but we've got to win a ballgame. That's all I've got to say — we've got to win a ballgame."

Of course, the schedule definitely doesn't do the Warriors any favors, with a preseason featuring Box Elder, Mountain Crest, Roy and Bonneville, followed by a Region 1 guantlet against five fierce opponents who don't ever offer a breather, and then a non-league finale against Sky View.

"If the dumb coach wouldn't get such a tough schedule," Corbridge, who's the schedule-maker, shrugged with a laugh.

But he realizes that high school football is about much more than just wins and losses — it's about learning, sacrifice, hard work, teamwork, togetherness and overcoming adversity, too.

"The community has been great; they've been very supportive," Corbridge said. "They want a program that's gonna help their kids, and I think that's what we're giving them. It's not just football. There are the classrooms and all the other stuff we do after practice. These kids are learning how to work and learning some good life lessons, too."

Weber Warriors at a glance

Coach: Rick Corbridge is in his third season as Weber's head coach. He has compiled a 3-15 overall record at the school. He is a graduate of Fremont High.

Offense

(3 returning starters; Pistol formation offense)

Jason Mann has ample experience at quarterback, and Austin Tesch is a proven talent at running back. Nathan Kelly, David Welch, Garret Beckey, Makray Joseph, Damian Morley and Mitch Mordaunt will join those two in giving the Warriors enough weapons to put some points up on the scoreboard. The progress of the O-line may hold the key, though.

Defense

(8 returning starters; Base 4-3 defense)

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