2013 high school football preview: Grantsville Cowboys look to build on experience gained last season
With that said, Grantsville is one of six or seven teams in the new 3A with realistic state title aspirations. The Cowboys will no doubt want to hit the ground running on Aug. 23, and with a dominant defense that’s a very real possibility.
Grantsville Cowboys at a glance
Coach: Tony Cloward, a Grantsville alum, is entering his ninth season as Grantsville’s head coach. He’s amassed a 36-56 in those eight years.
(4 returning starters; Veer offense)
Nephi Meono is the returning starting QB, but he’s got some competition in the form of junior Wyatt Barrus. Both will be on the field in some capacity, but Meono definitely has the edge based on last year’s experience. All five offensive linemen in front of him will be new, though. There’s plenty of talent at running back as well, led by Fisher at fullback. The coaching staff is also counting on big things from Alec Anderson, Wyatt Smith and Alex Meono in the backfield.
(8 returning starters)
Grantsville’s in a great spot with eight returning starters from a top five scoring defense. Anchoring the group is Fisher and Meacham at linebacker. Defensive ends Jake Riding and Devin Adams will wreak havoc at the tackle spots, while Smith is a stud at nose guard. With some experience in the secondary, Grantsville could be even better than a year ago if a couple of quality starters emerge at linebacker.
Coaches preseason 3A North straw poll: Third
Deseret News 3A North prediction: Second
Bottom line: The lack of returning starters on the offensive line would’ve been a major concern in the old 3A, but not the revamped 3A. Grantsville used to be happy just to make the playoffs and possibly win a playoff game, but now the program has a realistic shot at winning a state championship. It won’t be easy — especially with uncertainty on the offensive line — but the defense is more than capable of carrying the load.
Felts Facts for Grantsville High School
All-time record: 365-423-21 (96 years)
Region championships: 9 (1960, 1967 co, 1973, 1978, 1984 co, 1985, 1986, 1991 co, 1998)
Playoff appearances: 36
All-time playoff record: 39-33
State championships: 3 (1992, 1996, 1997)
State championship record: 3-5
Most played rivalry: 76 meetings with Morgan dating back to 1945. Morgan leads 46-28-2. Meet on Oct. 10.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Grantsville holds the state record (tied with Clearfield) for season interceptions with 33 set in 1997. ... Cowboy Alan Mouritsen holds the season all-purpose yardage record, 3,287, set in 1997, and the career rushing TD record, 70, set from 1996-98. He also holds the record for career TDs, 77, and season TDs, 42 (1997).
Grantsville coaching history
2005-current — Tony Cloward (36-56)
2003-2004 — Les Hamilton (14-11)
1987-2002 — Kevin Butler (119-67)
1983-1986 — Bill Mikelson (33-10)
1966-1981 — Larry Harrison (65-85)
1964-1965 — Evan Crowther (9-6)
1957-1963 — Glen Rupp (21-30)
1953-1956 — Don Sandburg (4-22)
1951-1952 — unknown (4-5)
1949-1950 — Ken Linsday (7-7)
1934-1948 — unknown (18-90)
1933 — Sterling Anderson (0-6)
1915-1932 — unknown (42-46)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Skyler Cloward, OL
2011 — Skyler Cloward, LB
2008 — Austin Gumucio, LB
2005 — Jared Thompson, DL
2004 — Derek Erickson, TE
2003 — Zach Nelson, QB
2003 — Derrick Erickson, TE
2003 — Boone Bolinder, OL
2003 — Troy Prince, DL
2003 — Kevin Mouritsen, LB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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