High school football: Parowan Rams 2012 preview

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

None of Parowan’s players have played the triple option before, and coach Nielsen admits it might take a while to make sure he’s got the right players in the right positions — both at the skill positions and on the line. Three players he expects to make contributions carrying the ball are Taylor Harris, Jake Topham and Austin Pickett. When Parowan does throw Justin Hulet and Kirk Harrison will be deceiving receiving threats. How well an inexperienced line comes together will ultimately determine if Parowan avoids finishing last in the 2A South region again.

Defense

(8 returning starters)

Parowan was the worst defensive team in 2A last season as it allowed 35 points per game. Changing that is the first order of business for the Rams. Nielsen is enlisting the help of former Parowan head coach Rod Murphy to shore up the defense. Murphy was the head coach at Parowan from 1999 to 2006. Parowan will be small defensively, but it should make up for it with speed.

Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: Eighth

Deseret News 2A South prediction: Eighth

Bottom line: Parowan’s football program is by no means a sleeping giant, but there’s definitely potential. It went 5-5 in 2010 and 7-5 in 2008. A change in offensive philosophy might be just what the program needs in the long run. In 2012 though, it could be another long and frustrating season as a very young Parowan team adjusts to the nuances of the triple-option offense.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — MILLARD, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — CEDAR JV, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — ENTERPRISE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — at Richfield, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at San Juan, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 — GRAND, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — BEAVER, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — SOUTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Kanab, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 — Playoffs

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Felt’s Facts for Parowan High School

All-time record: 141-392-7 (63 years)

Region championships: 1 (1989)

Playoff appearances: 17

All-time playoff record: 6-17

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-1

Most played rivalry: 80 meetings with Milford dating back to 1949. Milford leads 42-35-3. Last met in 2011.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Ram David Bettridge returned a missed field goal 99 yards in 1993 to set a record for the longest missed field goal return.

Parowan coaching history

2012 — Brigham Nielsen

2007-2011 — Matt Labrum (17-35)

1999-2006 — Rod Murphy (21-50)

1997-1998 — Joe Hays (7-12)

1994-1996 — Danny Lewis (5-22)

1987-1993 — Scott Henderson (24-44)

1986 — Bob August (1-8)

1985 — Unknown (3-6)

1984 — Kevin Singleton (2-6)

1978-1983 — Scott Doubek (7-44)

1977 — Jery Dyer (1-8)

1976 — Tom Baltzer (1-7)

1972-1975 — Dave Jenson (17-23)

1970-1971 — Don Olson (5-13)

1967-1969 – Unknown (7-16-1)

1962-1966 — Lowell Caldwell (10-30)

1959-1961 — Unknown (2-18-1)

1958 — John Wood (0-7)

1956-1957 — Richard Jones (3-11)

1954-1955 — Bruce Decker (4-8-2)

1952-1953 — William "Twist" Jones (1-10-2)

1950-1951 — Unknown (1-10-1)

1949 — Ray Watters (2-4)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2010 — Zach Wood QB/SS

2009 — Corie Blackham, RB, DB

2008 — Cody Bradley, K

2008 — Nick Wood, QB/DB

2007 — Taggert Smith, OL/DL

2006 — Cole Stanton, WR/DB

2005 — Travis Jones, QB/DB

2004 — Travis Jones, 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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