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High school football: Milford Tigers 2012 preview

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 12:53 a.m. MDT

Sophomore Wade Netto takes over the reigns at quarterback a year after rushing for 277 yards and three TDs as a running back. The rodeo kid is the latest in a long line of Netto brothers to play for Milford. Coach Williamson said he’s a great option quarterback. Braxton Higgins was slated to start at fullback, but his family moved to Cedar City in July. That opens the door for Kayden Noyes to step into the starting fullback role. Center Jacob Swanson is the lone starting senior on the team, and he’s the cornerstone of the team in both leadership and talent.

Defense

(9 returning starters)

Milford conceded 32 ppg last season — not bad when you consider the number of freshman who started. The coaching staff is hoping an extra year of maturity makes a difference in 2012. Noyes will anchor the linebacking core. Williamson said he has great lateral pursuits, and he’d put him up against any player in 1A. Doug Hathaway will be a strong nose tackle, and even though he’s a sophomore, Williamson said he has a senior body. Free safety Carson Henry had a great summer, and at Weber State’s 7-on-7 camp he was very good at reading the quarterback and snatching some interceptions.

Coaches preseason 1A South straw poll: Third

Deseret News 1A South prediction: Third

Bottom line: Milford is much more suited to compete at the varsity level this season with an extra year of maturity for the majority of its starters. Realistically though, the team is still just a bunch of sophomores with a steep learning curve ahead. It should win a few more games than last year, but it’s probably still a year or two away from competing with the big boys in 1A.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — SUMMIT ACADEMY, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at White Pine, Nev., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 — WHITEHORSE 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — at Duchesne, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at Layton Christian, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — DIAMOND RANCH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — RICH, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Monument Valley, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — Bye

Oct. 18 — MONTICELLO, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Milford High School

All-time record: 201-363-11 (70 years)

Region championships: 3 (1990, 1991, 1999 co)

Playoff appearances: 26

All-time playoff record: 12-25

State championships: 1 (1993)

State championship record: 1-1

Most played rivalry: 80 meetings with Parowan dating back to 1949. Milford leads 42-35-3. Last met in 2011.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Tiger Jared Barnes holds the record for single-game safeties (tied with one other), 2, against Duchesne in 1993. ... Mike Grajek is one of only 18 coaches to win a state title in his first year (1993).

Milford coaching history

2010-current — Brian Williamson (5-16)

2007-2009 — Robert Langston (8-24)

2000-2006 — Ricky Rose (22-51)

1999 — Daren Cheney (9-3)

1995-1998 — Robert Langston (14-23)

1994 — Franklin Bramall (9-2)

1993 — Mike Grajek (7-3)

1992 — Cleve Weaver (6-5)

1990-1991 — Brennan Jackson (18-4)

1986-1989 — Marvin Magalei (7-26)

1980-1985 — Kevin Barnes (25-28)

1978-1979 — Joe Hillock (2-13)

1977 — Dave Houle (1-7)

1976 — Monte Lee (2-6)

1973-1975 — Bob Andrus (9-20)

1968-1972 — unknown (13-28-2)

1967 — Dick Payne (0-7)

1964-1966 — Ivan Rowley (9-14-1)

1963 — unknown (3-4)

1962 — Jerry Davids (1-6)

1953-1961 — Lee Petty (22-39-3)

1949-1952 — unknown (3-19-2)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2011 — Mauricio Hernandez, WR/DB

2010 — Chad Netto, OL/LB

2009 — Jacob Idhe, QB/FS

2009 — Chris Manuele, OL/DL

2008 — Cade Boyter, RB/LB

2006 — Blake Williams, RB/LB

2003 — Damon Carter, OL/LB

2001 — Rusty Pearson, RB

2001 — Curtis Craw, LB

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

Email: jedward@desnews.com

Twitter: @DNewsPreps

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

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