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High school football: Duchesne Eagles 2012 preview

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 11:24 p.m. MDT

Junior Trent Roberts will direct the offense this year, stepping onto the field with senior leaders Kaden Moon, McKade Nielsen and Wade Shepard. The championship experience of the latter three ­— which included winning all 12 games in 2011 by an average of nearly 34 points per game — will guide the Eagle offense.

Defense

(5 returning starters)

The defensive line is the Eagles’ biggest question mark right now. They need to be able to effectively and consistently stop the run game, which is what much of the 1A classification attacks with. Coach Cowan feels is team is solid in the area of defensive skills, and is, again, counting greatly on the leadership of Shepard, Nielsen and Moon. Duchesne gave up just 103 points last year, which is 8.5 points per game, and recorded four shutouts.

Coaches’ preseason 1A South straw poll: First

Deseret News 1A South prediction: First

Bottom line: The majority of the Eagles’ starters will be in their roles for the first time. They will need to stay physically healthy as well as focused on gaining familiarity with the varsity level each game out. Moon, Nielsen, and Shepard hold the experience, and will need to share their knowledge as Duchesne will depend on a balanced attack from several contributors.

2012 schedule

Aug. 17 — BYE

Aug. 24 — NORTH SUMMIT, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at West Wendover, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — MILFORD, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — DIAMOND RANCH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — LAYTON CHRISTIAN, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — vs. Summit at Judge Memorial, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Rich, 4 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Monticello, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17— ALTAMONT, 7 p.m.

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Felts Facts for Duchesne High School

All-time record: 197-197-1 (41 years)

Region championships: 9 (1983 co, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2006, 2010)

Playoff appearances: 32

All-time playoff record: 23-29

State championships: 3 (2006, 2010, 2011)

State championship record: 3-3

Most played rivalry: 63 meetings with Altamont dating back to 1973. Duchesne leads 36-27. Meet on Oct. 17.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Duchesne led the state in scoring margin (33.2 ppg) in 2011. … The Eagles have the current longest winning streak, 22 games.

Duchesne coaching history

2012 — Jerry Cowan

2008-2011 — Bill Hoopes (36-12)

2003-2007 — Jerry Cowan (40-17)

2000-2002 — Colby Knight (10-19)

1999 — Brian Berrong (1-8)

1996-1998 — Don Hill (9-21)

1993-1995 — Dave Woolstenhulme (17-13)

1987-1992 — Rick Durban (27-30)

1984-1986 — Stan Young (23-8)

1981-1983 — Rick Durban (14-16)

1979-1980 — Robert Cook (9-9)

1977-1978 — John Dowell (3-14)

1974-1976 — Ed Browning (3-21)

1973 — Russ Shirts (5-5)

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Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

2011 — Max Lewis, OL/DL

2010 — Grant Marett, OL/DL

2006 — Weston Despain, RB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2011 — Shiaba Allen, QB/LB

2011 — Braiden Despain, RB/LB

2011 — Macoy Young, RB/DB

2011 — McKade Nielsen, TE/DB

2011 — Kane Nealley, OL/LB

2010 — Shiaba Allen, QB/LB

2010 — Braiden Despain, RB/LB

2010 — Max Lewis, OL/DL

2010 — Devin Fabrizi, RB/LB

2010 — Kane Nealley, OL/DL

2010 — Austin Poulson, OL/DL

2009 — Travis Potter, RB/LB

2009 — Austin Thompson, OL/DL

2009 — Jacob Verde, RB/LB

2009 — Kyle Wilkerson, OL/DL

2008 — Jacob Evans, OL/DL

2007 — Colby Evans, RB/LB

2007 — Tyler Reinhardt, RB/DB

2006 — Zack Bertola, RB/DB

2006 — Brenton Farnsworth

2006 — Sam Hoopes, TE/DB

2006 — Tyler Reinhardt, QB/DB

2006 — Shayne Wilkerson, OL/DL

2005 — Shayne Wilkerson, OL/DL

2005 — Sam Hoopes, TE/DB

2004 — Cole Helms, OL

2004 — Sam Hoopes, DB

2003 — Landon Despain, RB/LB

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.

Email: sthomas@desnews.com Twitter: @DNewsPreps

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