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High school football: American Fork Cavemen 2012 preview

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 1:03 a.m. MDT

Linebacker looks to be the strength for the Cavemen defensively, which is what you want when you operate a 3-4 defense. A lot of returning experience and some added new faces should give coach Behm an aggressive and physical defense.

"I like the guys we have coming back and we have some good new guys who should really help us," said Behm. "Colby Smith (is) at outside 'backer and then we have guys like Ryan Parry, Grant Taylor and Jordan Jones, who moved in from Provo. Jordan is a guy who can really fly around and I think our linebackers will play very well and give offenses a lot to prepare for."

In the defensive backfield AF will rely on some good experience at safety with Jake Bailey, Dallyn Holland and and Blake Harmon. The defensive line will be anchored by Mason Price, Chris Boone, and Zordan Enosa.

Coaches preseason Region 4 straw poll: Fifth

Deseret News Region 4 prediction: Fifth

Bottom line

American Fork exceed expectations in a tough Region 4 last year — making the playoffs while losing three of its games by the slimmest of margins. It's reasonable to expect the Cavemen to make another run at the playoffs this coming season and maybe even pull an upset against top Region 4 teams such as Bingham and Lone Peak.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — at Cedar, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — TIMPANOGOS, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at Spanish Fork, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — BRIGHTON, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — COPPER HILLS, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — LONE PEAK, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — at Lehi

Oct. 5 — at Bingham

Oct. 10 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Riverton, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for American Fork High School

All-time record: 439-290-21 (86 years)

Region championships: 17 (1937,1938, 1939, 1942, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 co, 1980, 1984, 1995 co, 2007 co)

Playoff appearances: 35

All-time playoff record: 20-33

State championships: 2 (1961, 1962)

State championship record: 2-2

Most played rivalry: 77 meetings with Pleasant Grove dating back to 1931. American Fork leads 48-27-2. Meet on Oct. 12.

Felt’s Factoid(s): AF played West to a 30-30 draw after three overtimes – when the game was called because of darkness, in 1984. It ranks as the highest tie game between two Utah schools…. AF holds the record for Fewest Total Yards Allowed in a Championship Game: the Cavemen held Grand County to minus-2 yards in the 1962 Class B championship.

American Fork coaching history

2010-Current — Aaron Behm (8-13)

1983-2009 — Davis Knight (151-122)

1982 — Unknown (8-4)

1971-1981 — Don Mower (77-33)

1969-1970 — Tom Crittenden (11-7)

1960-1968 — Don Mower (62-22)

1941-1959 — Leo Nelson (81-56)

1929-1940 — Grant "Rags" Ingersoll (39-25)

1927-1928 — Unknown (0-8)

1908 — Mr. Wade and Mr. Pitt (1-0)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2010 — Ryker Mathews, OL

2007 — Justin Jensen, DL

2007 — Robert Lusk, LB

2007 — Jake Murphy, DB

2005 — Mike Muehlmann, TE

2005 — McKay Frandsen, LB

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.

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