For a team that was the third-highest scoring team in 3A last year at 34 ppg, that’s a scary thought for Region 11 and the rest of 3A.
Stansbury Stallions at a glance
Coach: Clint Christiansen is entering his fourth year as Stansbury’s head coach and the 13th of his coaching career. His all-time coaching record is 59-66 and includes stops at South Sevier and Provo. He’s a graduate of Grantsville High School.
(8 returning starters; Triple-option offense)
Along with the return of Chase Christiansen’s 1,100 yards rushing, fullback Jackson Clausing is also back after rushing for 679 yards on 109 carries last year. Colton May will also be a threat in the run game. Stansbury will try and be less one dimensional this year, with the coaching staff hoping for a 70-30 run-pass ratio. It tried to throw more last year, but the receivers dropped too many passes. Receivers Cole Merseth and Jaron Moon along with tight Austen Kincaid have done a much better job catching the ball this summer.
(6 returning starters)
Stansbury is loaded at linebacker this year with three of four starters returning — May, Clausing and Chandler Staley. May led the team with 103 tackles, but arguably the best linebacker isn’t even a returning starter. Chase Christiansen didn’t start at linebacker last year, but he should see plenty more playing time there this year. Both Utah and BYU have expressed interest in the junior defensively. On the line, Allan Havili is back to plug the middle, while Austen Kincaid and Jaron Moon are poised for a smooth transition from back-ups to starters. Iosua Opeta will take over at nose guard.
Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll: First
Deseret News Region 11 prediction: First
Bottom line: There’s little doubt that Stansbury, ranked fourth in the 3A preseason rankings, will claim the Region 11 title this year. Led by emerging star Chase Christiansen, the option offense is one of the most explosive in the state. Defensively Stansbury should be much better as well. The biggest question surrounding this team won’t really be answered until playoff time. Relatively young a year ago, only time will tell if Stansbury toughened up enough in the offseason to compete physically with the elite Southern Utah teams.
Aug. 17 — UINTAH, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at Park City, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — DELTA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — BEAR RIVER, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — TOOELE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Morgan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — DESERT HILLS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — OGDEN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at Grantsville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Ben Lomond, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Stansbury High School
All-time record: 12-18 (3 years)
Region championships: 1 (2011)
Playoff appearances: 1
All-time playoff record: 1-1
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Most played rivalry: 3 meetings with two schools, Ogden and Tooele, both dating back to 2009. Stansbury leads Ogden 2-1 and Tooele leads Stansbury 2-1. Meets Ogden on Oct. 5 and Tooele on Sept. 14.
Stansbury coaching history
2009-present — Clint Christiansen (12-18)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Jeremy Cafe, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.