With Zac Prince taking over as quarterback — a player who could easily start at wing back if necessary — Hurricane’s quarterback will inevitably run more than last year. A defensive starter last year, Prince is a three-time state wrestling champ and has tremendous leadership skills.
At 5-foot-8, he doesn’t fit the prototypical quarterback, but Homer said, “he’s perfect for us.”
Hurricane opens the season against Skyline and West Jordan this year, great early-season tests for the Tigers both offensively and defensively.
Hurricane Tigers at a glance
Coach: Chris Homer is entering his 11th season as Hurricane's head coach. He's amassed 76-42 record during that span, which includes a 3A state championship last season. He's a graduate of Bear Lake, Idaho.
(3 returning starters; Wing-T offense)
Over the past four years, Hurricane has demonstrated an incredible knack for reloading instead of rebuilding, and that should be the case again this year. Despite one returning starter on the offensive line, Thurman Joe, that position should once again be a strength for the Tigers. Jared Edwards takes over for fullback after playing sparingly there last year with 36 carries for 279 yards and three TDs. Wing back Adam Thompson is the primary returning starter offensively, but Zac Prince gained plenty of varsity experience last year as well starting three games for injured QB Taylor Parker early in the season.
(5 returning starters)
The Tigers only allowed 15 ppg last season, but with five starters back and a bunch of newcomers eager to make their mark, the defense should be a strength again this year. Everything starts on the defensive line with 285-pound nose guard Sean Hafen. He will likely be double-teamed all year which should free up Hurricane returning starting linebackers Edwards and Kellen Seely to stuff the run. Edwards led the team with 118 tackles last year, but his production will likely go down a bit because of his fullback duties offensively. Zac Prince is a returning starter at safety.
Coaches preseason Region 9 straw poll: First
Deseret News Region 9 prediction: First
Bottom line: It will be tough to duplicate last year’s undefeated season, but this team is certainly capable. Over the past four years, Hurricane has amassed a 48-7 record and advanced to four state championship games — finally winning its first last season. The Tigers might have a hard time duplicating last year’s offensive (39 ppg) and defensive (15 ppg) dominance, but they’re still the team to beat in a pretty wide-open 3A field this year.
Aug. 17 — SKYLINE, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at West Jordan, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — LEGACY, NEV., 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at Cedar, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — DIXIE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Snow Canyon, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Pine View, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — Bye
Oct. 11 — DESERT HILLS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — CANYON VIEW, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Hurricane High School
All-time record: 283-289-12 (63 years)
Region championships: 10 (1965 co, 1980, 1982, 1989 co, 1990, 2005, 2008, 2009 co, 2010 co, 2011)
Playoff appearances: 31
All-time playoff record: 25-30
State championships: 1 (2011)
State championship record: 1-6