But if the Eagles can write an entire essay the way they wrote that impressive Part II last year, this could indeed be a season to remember for this small private school.
Layton Christian Academy Eagles at a glance
Coach: Kitt Rawlings takes over for his first season as LCA's head coach. He has compiled a 9-10 career record in two years as a high school head coach. He is a graduate of Woods Cross High.
(6 returning starters; Wing-T formation)
Kyle Yockey, Nick Edwards, Colin Greenhill and Co. give the Eagles a terrific trio of senior playmakers to draw from. Add a host of underclassmen to the mix, and LCA's offense appears pretty danged potent — especially with a big hoss like Jake Warden anchoring the O-line. Kirklann Smith, Sungmin Kim and Tyler Ellsworth also want their senior seasons to be memorable, so keep an eye on the Eagles' scoreboard.
(5 returning starters; Base 4-3 defense)
Again, Warden is a big man in the middle of the Eagles' D-line, and Greenhill, Smith, Edwards, Markell Thomas, Mar’kiece Gross, Rome Aguilar and Jacques Carter are going to contribute to the LCA defensive effort and make it tough for teams to sustain lengthy scoring drives against this group of solid athletes. If everyone stays healthy, the Eagles' defense figures to be better than last year's version.
Coaches preseason 1A Region straw poll: Third
Desert News 1A region prediction: Second
Bottom line: With a total of 11 starters back from last year's team that reached the 1A finals, the Eagles are eager to prove their late flourish in 2011 was no fluke. Though they may be short on numbers depth-wise, the athletes that they do have are some of the best in 1A. With some big-time playmakers and decent size up front for a 1A school, don't be surprised if Layton Christian again finishes among the Top 3 in the region and makes plenty of noise in the 1A state playoffs.
Aug. 17 — AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, 4 p.m.
Aug. 24 — MOUNTAIN VIEW CHRISTIAN (Nev.), 4 p.m.
Aug. 31 — MONTICELLO, 4 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at West Side (Idaho), 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — MILFORD, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Duchesne, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 — at Davis junior varsity, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — ALTAMONT, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — SUMMIT ACADEMY, 4 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Rich, 4 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Layton Christian High School
All-time record: 29-49 (8 years)
Region championships: 0
Playoff appearances: 4
All-time playoff record: 2-4
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-1
Most played rivalry: 9 meetings three schools, Duchesne, Milford and Monticello, all dating back to 2004. Duchesne leads 8-1, LCA leads Milford 5-4 and Monticello leads 8-1. Meets Duchesne on Sept. 21, Milford on Sept. 14 and Monticello on Aug. 31.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Eagle Brandon Faison is one of just eight players to return a fumble 99 yards (2011). Teammate Kyle Yockey set a championship game record by kicking an 85-yard punt (2011).
Layton Christian coaching history
2012 — Kitt Rawlings
2007-2011 — Will Hawes (21-29)
2006 — Henry Lusk (5-5)
2004-2005 — Sam Russell (3-15)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Brandon Faison, RB/DB
2011 — Colin Greenhill, RB/LB
2011 — Eliyah Mayberry, RB/LB
2011 — Quincy Mason, WR/DE
2010 — Henri Jussila, RB/LB
2008 — Justin Brown, WR/DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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