High school football: Monument Valley Cougars 2012 preview

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 9:56 p.m. MDT

Getting outscored 171-20 in three games against 1A playoff teams a year ago obviously isn’t good enough by any standards. The new coaching staff is hoping to change that, but a lack of size in the trenches could be tough to overcome against more experienced teams.

Coaches preseason 1A South straw poll: Fourth

Deseret News 1A South prediction: Fourth

Bottom line: Wins and losses don’t define this program according to coach Jim Dandy, and it’s a good thing. The Cougars will be competitive against out-of-state teams, but outside of Whitehorse they’ll be big underdogs against the rest of the teams in Utah. If the players adjust to the expectations of the new coaching staff, they should be able to beat Whitehorse in the regular-season finale and qualify for the playoffs.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 24 — SUMMIT ACADEMY, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at Newcomb, N.M., 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — MONTICELLO, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 — MONUMENT VALLEY, ARIZ. JV, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — SHONTO PREP, ARIZ., 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — MILFORD, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Altamont, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Whitehorse, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Monument Valley High School

All-time record: 62-138-1 (25 years)

Region championships: 0

Playoff appearances: 6

All-time playoff record: 1-6

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

Most played rivalry: 29 meetings with Whitehorse dating back to 1984. Whitehorse leads 17-12. Meet on Oct. 18.

Felt’s Factoid(s): When MV traveled to Pinon (Ariz.) in 1996, no game officials showed up. But the teams played anyway, and Pinon won, 24-19.

Monument Valley coaching history

2012-current — Jim Dandy

2010-2011 — Powers Whiskers (8-13)

1998-2009 — Jim Dandy (34-47)

1993-1997 — Carl Sumsion (3-24)

1991-1992 — Babe Malufau (4-14)

1985-1990 — unknown (16-35)

1984 — Ollie Whaley (0-8)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2009 — Josh Nelson, FB/S

2003 — Jeremy Tsinigine, RB/LB

2002 — Lariat Williams, QB

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

Email: jedward@desnews.com

Twitter: @DNewsPreps

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

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