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High school football: Maple Mountain Golden Eagles 2012 preview

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 9:51 p.m. MDT

Coach: Brad Burtenshaw is entering his fourth year at Maple Mountain High School with a 10-22 overall record. He's a graduate of San Juan High School.

Offense

(5 returning starters, spread offense)

KJ Hall proved to be one of the most exciting players in the state last season and should be that much better entering his senior year. He’ll have to make due with a largely inexperienced group of running backs and receivers, however.

“I like our young talent and I like how they’ve worked in the offseason. They definitely have the desire,” said Burtenshaw. “KJ (Hall) has really improved with his ability to throw the football and we have some good, tall guys that we’ll be looking to throw it to. So hopefully we can have our running backs and receivers step up. If they can, then I think we can be really good.”

Defense

(2 returning starters, 4-3)

Burtenshaw will look for many of his seasoned offensive linemen to also anchor the defensive line. The plan is rotate five or six players frequently up front to stalemate opposing offenses.

At linebacker, players like Jake Abbott, Spencer Acey and Jordan Williams will work to effectively flank Hildebrand. In the secondary, Burtenshaw will have to replace not only his starters from last year, but most of the backups.

“We’re very young in the secondary and at two of our linebacker positions, so we’ll need some guys to step up,” said Burtenshaw. “Although we’re young I liked how they’ve looked in the offseason, so I’m confident we’ll be OK there this season.”

Coaches preseason Region 4 straw poll: 3rd

Deseret News preseason Region 4 prediction: 4th

Bottom line

While Hall and Hildebrand are among the best in the state at their respective positions, there are too many question marks around this team to guarantee much improvement from last season. The inexperience in the secondary could especially loom large given the amount of teams who run spread offenses in Region 8. There should be enough talent, however, to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.

2012 Schedule

Fri. Aug. 17 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 24 — at Lehi 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 31 — PAYSON, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 7 — Springville, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 — at Timpview 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 28 — PROVO, 7 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 4 — at Timpanogos 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 — at Orem 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 17 — SALEM HILLS, 7 p.m.

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Felts Facts for Maple Mountain High School

All-time record: 10-22 (3 years)

Region championships: 0

Playoff appearances: 2

All-time playoff record: 0-2

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

Most played rivalry: 3 meetings with four schools, Payson, Salem Hills, Springville and Uintah, all going back to 2009. Payson, SH and Springville lead 2-1 and MM leads Uintah 2-1. Meets Payson on Aug. 31, SH on Oct. 17, Springville on Sept. 7. Last met Uintah in 2010.

Felt’s Factoid(s): MM is one of just five schools to have a perfect record in overtime games (2-0).

Maple Mountain coaching history

2009-current — Brad Burtenshaw (10-22)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

(None)

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

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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

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