High school football: Mountain View Bruins 2012 preview

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 11:19 p.m. MDT

Coach: Coach Jon Snyder is entering his third year at Mountain View where he’s compiled an 8-12 overall record. He’s a graduate of Dugway High School.

Offense

(Flex-bone offense)

With small size but good quickness, Snyder will again employ an option-run heavy offense that is a lot like Navy and a departure from the mass of spread offenses in Region 8.

“It’s what we feel we have to do here with the type of talent we get and it’s worked well for us,” said Snyder about his offense. “I do think we may be throwing it a bit more because we have some good talent at receiver that we’ll want to use. We’re going to change things up and hopefully surprise some people this year though.”

Defense

(Base 3-4 defense)

As mentioned, a big key this year will be having the starters along the front seven just playing defense. Snyder felt that many of his key players were worn out by the end of the year having to play on both sides of the football.

With all the spread teams in Region 8 it’s important to have good talent in the secondary and Snyder believes he has just that.

“We’re a bit younger there, but we have some real tall and athletic kids who will just be playing secondary, so we’re confident,” said Snyder. “Cline Mattingly is our returning senior, so he’ll lead us there and hopefully things work out.”

Coach’s preseason Region 8 straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News Region 8 prediction: Third

Bottom line

After a successful first season under Coach Snyder, the Bruins took a bit of a step back in 2011. Although they didn’t lose games by much they found themselves shut out of the state playoffs. But they should rebound this season. Mountain View is a team that learned some hard lessons last year and has good identity in who it is and how it needs to do things. Look for Mountain View to be competitive in all of its games and to sneak into the state playoffs.

2012 schedule

Fri. Aug. 17 — at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 24 — BOUNTIFUL, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 31 — WESTLAKE, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 7 — at Timpview, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 — PROVO, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 — at Maple Mountain, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 28 — TIMPANOGOS, 7 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 4 — at Orem, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 — SALEM HILLS, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 17 — at Springville, p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Mountain View High School

All-time record: 149-169 (32 years)

Region championships: 5 (1983, 1985 co, 1989, 1999, 2004 co)

Playoff appearances: 18

All-time playoff record: 13-18

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

Most played rivalry: 33 meetings with Orem dating back to 1980. Orem leads 26-7. Meet on Oct. 5.

Felt’s Factoid(s): MV is the only school to win a playoff game the year it opened (1980). ... Bruin Brian Smith set a single-game field goal record by booting five against Springville in 2005.

Mountain View coaching history

2010-current — Jon Snyder (8-12)

2007-2009 — Teko Johnson (14-17)

2003-2006 — Doug Meeks (11-30)

1995-2002 — Randy Rehrer (44-40)

1991-1994 — Bryce Monsen (21-19)

1987-1990 — Steve Park (20-17)

1982-1986 — Austin McNaughton (24-24)

1980-1981 — Dave Allphin (10-10)

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2011 — Bennett Maxwell, LB

2007 — Greg May, DB

2004 — Jordan Bateman, DL

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

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