“In 2A, there’s teams that can pass, but normally not everyone is in the spread throwing the ball, so we need to stop the run,” said Hutchings.
Beaver Beavers at a glance
Coach: Steve Hutchings is entering his eight year as head coach at his alma mater. His current record is 30-41, and he’s guided the Beavers to back-to-back winning seasons.
(6 returning starters; Wing-T offense)
At least early on, the strength of the offense is on the line with Landon Smith, Sam Myers and Tyler Terry all returning as starters. Their experience with the timing of the offense could play big dividends early in the season, especially in the region-opener against Richfield on Aug. 31. Michael Roberts is taking over at quarterback for Ty Yardley, and the junior is poised for a strong season. Beaver must replace its two leading rushers from a year ago, but Jessee McMullin should be able to step in and fill one of those voids as he was third on the team last year with 435 rushing yards and three TDs. Anthony Gibson and Baily Bradshaw have the potential to be strong running threats as well.
(6 returning starters)
Beaver ranked seventh in 2A last year surrendering 22 ppg. It’s not bad by any means, but that will never be good enough if it hopes to crash the party at the top of 2A. San Juan and Millard both surrendered less than 10 ppg last year, while Manti only allowed 12 points. Beaver is counting on a strong defensive line and then the experience of Kendall White to push it over the top.
Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: Second
Deseret News 2A South prediction: Second
Bottom line: There’s little doubt this year’s team is stronger than a year ago. Beaver, however, is setting its sights beyond just another one-and-done quarterfinal experience. The potential is there for greater things in 2012. San Juan is the obvious favorite to win the 2A South region, but Beaver is a sleeper team to dethrone the Broncos. Beaver’s games with San Juan, Richfield and Enterprise are all at home this year, a slight advantage that could push the Beavers over the top.
Aug. 17 — NORTH SUMMIT, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at Gunnison, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — RICHFIELD, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at Kanab, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — at South Sevier, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — ENTERPRISE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — SAN JUAN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at Grand, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 — Playoffs
Felt’s Facts for Beaver High School
All-time record: 403-240-11 (72 years)
Region championships: 14 (1962, 1965 co, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992 co, 1994 co, 2002 co)
Playoff appearances: 45
All-time playoff record: 56-36
State championships: 9 (1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990)
State championship record: 9-9
Most played rivalry: 83 meetings with Kanab dating back to 1950. Beaver leads 45-38. Meet on Sept. 7.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Beaver is tied with two other teams for the most shutouts in one season with 10 (1973).
Beaver coaching history
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