High school football: Cedar Redmen 2012 preview

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 11:07 p.m. MDT

(3 returning starters; Option offense)

Without explosive quarterback John Ursua and a proven fullback, Cedar won’t be nearly as explosive offensively this season. With an athletic offensive line though, it should still be able to move the chains. Marches down field will just be a bit more methodical. Kaylor Smith is the only returning starter on the offensive line, but Cole Dotson was a part-time starter as a sophomore last season and senior tight end Ryan Armstrong saw a bit of time at tight end. Despite the uncertainty at fullback, coach Todd Peacock feels good about his other running backs with Jayden and Austin Hopkins, along with Kolton Harris, all expected to contribute. Cedar’s other two offensive starters were wide receivers Brock Englestead and Mike Hourigan.

Defense

(1 returning starter)

Cedar only held two teams under 20 points last year and finished the year allowing 24 ppg, so losing 10 of 11 starters to graduation probably isn’t that devastating. In fact, the coaching staff expects the defense to be Cedar’s strength this year. Anchoring things will be linebacker Smith. Jayden Hopkins and Mike Hourigan are solid cornerbacks who should help the defense against the few passing teams on Cedar’s schedule. The defensive line is unproven but is athletic and a bit larger by normal Cedar standards.

Coaches preseason Region 9 straw poll: Fifth

Deseret News Region 9 prediction: Fifth

Bottom line: With Cedar’s march to last year’s semifinals, it’s easy to forget that it was only a .500 football team at 6-6. One Region 9 coach believes Cedar might not have won a game without quarterback John Ursua last season — that’s how dangerous he was. Unfortunately for Cedar, it doesn’t have the luxury of an explosive quarterback this year and it has big question marks at fullback. Realistically, Cedar will probably be fine. Year in and year out coach Peacock’s team is among the hardest-working groups in Region 9 and it’s difficult to imagine this year being any different.

2012 Schedule

Aug. 17 — AMERICAN FORK, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at Highland, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at Skyline, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 — HURRICANE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 — BYE

Sept. 21 — at Pine View, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — SNOW CANYON, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Dixie, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — CANYON VIEW, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 — at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Cedar High School

All-time record: 337-273-8 (65 years)

Region championships: 18 (1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985 co, 1987, 1994 co, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010 co)

Playoff appearances: 36

All-time playoff record: 26-36

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-3

Most played rivalry: 81 meetings with Dixie dating back to 1949 in the second-longest uninterrupted active rivalry in Utah. Dixie leads 48-33. Meet on Oct. 5.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Cedar was the last school to score more than 90 points in a game when the Redmen blitzed Kanab 95-0 in 1954. … Redman Danny Lindsay is one of only two players to return a punt for 100 yards (1959). (Since 1974, kick and punt returns from the endzone haven’t been allowed.) … Cedar and Page (Ariz.) battled to a 41-41 tie in 1999 — the hightest tie game involving a Utah team.

Cedar coaching history

1991-Current — Todd Peacock (131-102)

1986-1990 — Kit Janes (19-31)

1980-1985 — Dave Jensen (43-18)

1977-1979 — Jim Dalton (10-18)

1974-1976 — Jack Bishop (12-14)

1971-1973 — John Pensis (14-21)

1970 — Jim Marshall (2-6)

1967-1969 — Unknown

1966 — Jack Sawyers (4-3)

1956-1965 — Harold Norton (49-30)

1952-1955 — Glen Jackson (26-6)

1937-1950 — Unknown

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Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2011 — John Ursua, QB

2011 — Kahi Eldredge, OL

2010 — Matt Grover, RB

2010 — Connor Ottenbacher, OL

2009 — Jackson Carter, DB/QB

2009 — Jesse Woods, DL

2008 — Ryan Decker, DL

2008 — Trent Grover, LB

2007 — Dylan Fox, LB

2007 — Spencer Montgomery, OL

2007 — Logan OBering, DB

2006 — Todd Whitney, LB

2004 — Kaylon Pickett, DL

2004 — Jordan Wood, DB

2004 — Joe West, SP

2003 — Taylor Ruud, OL

2003 — Bradon Grover, LB

2003 — Marty Sims, DB

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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