High school football: Lone Peak Knights 2012 preview

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 1:02 a.m. MDT

Despite all the changes with this year’s team, McGeary feels the key to success will be hard work and a consistent approach.

“There’s a price to pay to win and these guys need to decide if they’re willing to pay that price,” said McGeary. “We try to keep it real and never get too high and never get too low. Teams are going to be hungry going against that and it’s all about how much these kids want it and how hard they’re willing to work because I feel we have the talent to do some good things again.”

Lone Peak Knights at a glance

Coach: Tony McGeary will be entering his fifth year at Lone Peak where he’s compiled a 41-9 record and a state championship. He is from Thomas Heyward, S.C.

Offense

(Spread offense)

Lone Peak won’t be changing its schemes much on offense this season although it may choose to run the football a bit more often.

“We’ll always spread the field and throw the ball around,” said McGeary. “We’ll try and get the ball downfield again, but with what we have coming back we may be trying to run it a bit more than we did last season.”

The offense will run behind an offensive front that is undersized, but athletic.

“We’re not big, strong guys upfront. We’re more finesse guys and real athletic on the offensive line,” said McGeary. “We’ll have to reload there — it seems we always have to reload — but we have a great offensive line coach who I have a lot of confidence in to get those guys playing well.”

Defense

(Base 4-3 defense)

McGeary is confident about his defense this coming year. With good returning talent and experience at most positions, he’s confident his players can do well against what other teams present from week to week.

“Everyone is so diverse with what they do offensively that you have to have a defense that can adjust,” said McGeary. “We feel we have a team that can pack it in against teams that like to run the ball and a defense that can spread out and defend those pass-happy teams.”

Coach’s preseason Region 4 straw poll: Second

Deseret News preseason Region 4 prediction: Second

Bottom line: The defense stepped up big for the Knights in the 5A championship game last year and should be able to lead the way in 2012. The Knights play one of the most difficult schedules in the state, so whatever they get will be well-earned, and they’ll certainly be capable of winning every game on that schedule. Despite all the significant losses, Lone Peak could very well be making its way back to Rice Eccles stadium in November.

2012 schedule

Fri. Aug. 17 — at Bountiful, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 24 — at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 31 — TIMPVIEW, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 7 — HIGHLAND, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 — WEST, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 — at American Fork 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 28 — BINGHAM, 7 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 4 — at Pleasant Grove 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 — RIVERTON, 7 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 19 — at Lehi 7 p.m.

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Felts Facts for Lone Peak High School

All-time record: 124-51 (15 years)

Region championships: 9 (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 co, 2005, 2009 co, 2010, 2011)

Playoff appearances: 13

All-time playoff record: 19-12

State championships: 1 (2011)

State championship record: 1-2

Most played rivalry: 15 meetings with two schools, American Fork and Pleasant Grove, both dating back to 1997. LP leads AF 9-6 and PG 11-4. Meets AF on Sept. 21 and PG on Oct. 4.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Lone Peak is one of five teams in state history to have a 14-0 record (2011).

Lone Peak coaching history

2008-current — Tony McGeary (41-9)

1997-2007 — Monte Morgan (86-51)

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Deseret News Mr. Football recipients

2011 — Chase Hansen, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2011 — Connor Humphrey, WR

2011 — Curtis Taufa, LB

2011 — Micah Hannemann, DB

2011 — Zach Saunders, SP

2009 — Kyson Flake, LB

2006 — Preston Yates, OL

2005 — Jordan Stephan, DB

2004 — Mavrick Auelua, DL

2004 — Doug Mulliner, Lb

2004 — Jason Long, DB

2003 — Jared Hamilton, DL

2003 — Michael Jensen, DB

2002 — Howie Harmer, TE

2002 — Matt Ah You, LB

2001 — Phillip Aldredge, OL

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

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