2013 high school football preview: Layton Christian Eagles will make jump to 2A football
Layton Christian will be running a West Coast offense this year, and Holt would like to see his team run the ball 60-40. The team will likely split time at quarterback between senior Ayan Burton and sophomore Grayson Jackson. Both are great athletes in basketball and baseball, but they have little to no experience playing football. There’s a bit of experience on the line to help with the QB transition as juniors Garrett Elmy and Josh Nistler are both returning starters on the O-line. Depth is a major issue beyond them, so it’s imperative Elmy and Nistler stay healthy. Marquis Gibson and Jack Chandler will be the primary offensive weapons, and both are a threat running the ball and catching it.
(4 returning starters)
Coach Holt likes to utilize an aggressive 4-3 defense, or as he says, “bring a little gas.” Sam Rockwell will anchor the defense at nose guard, and he’s one of the strongest kids Holt has ever coached. Rockwell will likely get double-teamed on every snap, which could free up teammates to make some plays. Gibson and Chandler played a little bit of defense last year, and Holt expects them to be key contributors this season. One player who could ultimately be very important on both sides of the ball is LeRoy Sisnett. The New Zealand native has never played football, but he’s an athletic 6-foot-4 kid who can certainly help any small 2A team.
Coaches preseason 2A North straw poll: Seventh
Deseret News 2A North prediction: Seventh
Bottom line: With a new coach, only a handful of returning starters and just five seniors, Layton Christian was always going to struggle in 1A. Now making the jump to 2A, those struggles could be exaggerated. With that said, there are certainly winnable games on the schedule, including a handful in the new 2A North region. If some of the athletic, first-year football players on the team pick up the nuances of the sport quickly, Layton Christian should be able to compete for a playoff spot as a No. 5 or 6 seed.
Felt’s Facts for Layton Christian High School
All-time record: 32-56 (9 years)
Region championships: 0
Playoff appearances: 4
All-time playoff record: 2-4
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-1
Most played rivalry: Ten meetings with three schools, Duchesne, Milford and Monticello, all dating back to 2004. Duchesne leads 9-1, LCA leads Milford 6-4 and Monticello leads 9-1.
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
2013 — Doyle Holt (0-0)
2012 — Kitt Rawlings (3-7)
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
2012 — Colin Greenhill, RB/LB
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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