He’ll need to have a big year to ease the pressure on sophomore quarterback Trevor Jones. He started at receiver and defensive back as a freshman, but this season he’s taking on a much larger responsibility. He’s an athletic, dual-threat quarterback who is no stranger to varsity sports.
He was a role player on South Sevier’s state championship basketball team, and he was a starter on the baseball team.
South Sevier Rams at a glance
Coach: Weston Zabriskie is entering his third season as a head coach at South Sevier. The North Sanpete graduate has put together a 4-17 overall record in his first two seasons.
(8 returning starters; Two-back offense)
South Sevier’s turnover-plagued offense only averaged 13 ppg last year. Ball security has been the focus all summer, and running back Garett Johnson said he’s as focused on it as anybody. With stud fullback Alani Pututau leading the way, and an offensive line featuring four returning starters, Johnson is in line to have a monster season. Trevor Jones has been handed the reigns at quarterback, and when he’s not giving the ball to Johnson he’ll be looking for Patrick Baker down field. Baker had 15 catches for 203 yards last year, but South Sevier’s two other primary receiving threats from a year ago graduated.
(8 returning starters)
It’s not often a 2A program has a couple of kids getting looked at by college coaches, but Baker and Pututau aren’t your everyday 2A players either. With Baker at safety and Pututau at linebacker, they will anchor a defense that should be very good. Bryce Bair and Wyatt Anderson or two-year starters on the defensive line, while senior corner back Trevor Tobler is the top returning player in the secondary. With San Juan coming to town for the region-opener on Aug. 31, South Sevier will find out right away just how good its defense really is.
Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: Sixth
Deseret News 2A South prediction: Fourth
Bottom line: If this team hangs onto the ball this year, there’s no reason it won’t finish in the Top 6 in the 2A South region and earn a playoff spot. Realistically though, there’s enough talent for the Rams to set their sights much higher than just a playoff berth. A top-four finish and a first-round home playoff game should be the goal this year.
Aug. 17 — GUNNISON, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at North Sevier, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — SAN JUAN, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at Enterprise, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — BEAVER, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — KANAB, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Grand, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — RICHFIELD, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 — Playoffs
Felt’s Facts for South Sevier High School
All-time record: 185-285-1 (57 years)
Region championships: 7 (1925, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 2000, 2009 co)
Playoff appearances: 26
All-time playoff record: 9-25-1
State championships: 1 (1925) * Payson and South Sevier tied in the semifinals in 1925, but no state championship was held. Both were awarded state titles.
State championship record: 0-0-0
Most played rivalry: 52 meetings with Richfield dating back to 1920. Richfield leads 35-17. Meet on Oct. 12.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Jared Petersen threw a 99-yard pass to Brett Wallace in 1997 to become one of just 11 pairs of players to complete a 99-yard pass.
South Sevier coaching history
2010-current — Weston Zabriskie (4-17)
2003-2009 — Travis McAllister (34-35)
1998-2002 — Clint Christiansen (26-26)
1993-1997 — Brent Hafen (7-38)
1992 — Ron Winegar (1-8)
1991 — Rick Orr (1-7)
1984-1990 — Alfred Frehner (13-48)
1981-1983 — Garry Walker (6-20)
1980 — David Hare (6-5)
1971-1979 — Richard Orr (55-39)
1970 — Mike Jones (2-9)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Patrick Baker, RB/DB
2010 — Logan Baker, TE/LB
2010 — Clayton Higginson, OL/LB
2009 — Ryan Anderson, OL/DL
2009 — Dillon Bishoff, WR/LB
2009 — Jace Mecham, OL/LB
2008 — Landon Leavitt, RB/LB
2008 — Scott Mathie, OL/LB
2006 — Jason Leavitt, RB/LB
2005 — Carson Christensen, QB
2005 — Carson Christensen, QB
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.
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