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High school football: Timpanogos T-Wolves 2012 preview

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 11:18 p.m. MDT

“Every year is different and chemistry matters,” said Larson. “How the players work with each other and how they treat each other is so important to our performance on the field. I always tell my players that the best team talent-wise that I had at Ricks was my worst team record-wise, so it doesn’t matter what kind of talent you have if you don’t gel. Hopefully we have a team this year that gets it together and works well together and if we do, then I think we can go far.”

Timpanogos Timberwolves at a glance

Coach: Ed Larson is entering his third season as head coach at Timpanogos and has a wealth of experience at both the prep and collegiate levels. He’s coached at Ricks College, Snow College, Dixie State, Weber State, Provo High and Springville High.

Offense

(West-coast offense)

Like most teams in Region 8, Timpanogos will look to spread out the field and throw the football. Given the benefit of returning starters at quarterback and at wideout, Timpanogos could prove very potent if its line progresses as expected. The true strength of the offense should be at running back, however.

“We’re real confident in our run game,” said Hill. “I think we did well last year and I think we could be even better on offense this year. I have a lot of confidence in everyone on the offense.”

Defense

(Base 4-3 defense)

The key on defense will be in the ability for the expected starters at linebacker to stay healthy. Two of the three have lingering injuries entering the season, but if they can be healthy, the Timberwolves should field one of the best defenses in Region 8.

Coach’s preseason Region 8 straw poll: Fourth

Deseret News preseason Region 8 prediction: Second

Bottom line

Everything seems in line for Timpanogos to dethrone Timpview as the top school in Region 8 for the coming year. The Timberwolves were competitive in every game they played last season and ended strong after a slow start. That momentum should carry into this season with the expectation of contending for the region title a realistic one.

2012 schedule

Fri. Aug. 17 — LEHI, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 24 — at American Fork, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 31 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 7 — at Salem Hills, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 — SPRINGVILLE, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 — TIMPVIEW, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 28 — at Mountain View, 7 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 4 — MAPLE MOUNTAIN, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 — at Provo, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 17 — OREM, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Timpanogos High School

All-time record: 58-104 (16 years)

Region championships: 0

Playoff appearances: 8

All-time playoff record: 2-8

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

Most played rivalry: 17 meetings with Orem dating back to 1996. Orem leads 13-4. Meet on Oct. 17.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Timpanogos is one of just 11 schools to have a perfect playoff record on its home field (1-0).

Timpanogos coaching history

2010-current — Ed Larson (13-18)

2009 — Brad King (3-6)

2006-2008 — Brad Molen (13-18)

2004-2005 — Frank Bramall (8-13)

2003 — Darren DeGracie (4-5)

2001-2002 — Frank Bramall (13-10)

1996-2000 — Marc McKenney (7-40)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2007 — Christian Stewart, QB

2007 — Grant Jimenez, WR

2007 — David Kruger, DL

2007 — Taylor Lyons, DB

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

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