“I like that we’re still with teams like Orem and Timpanogos,” Snyder said. “Both of those schools are quality programs and good rivalries for us. You then have Skyline now, who is always tough, Olympus, who I believe is going to have a solid team, and Corner Canyon, who gets a lot of the talent Alta had. You then have Murray and, yeah, it’s going to be a challenge for us.”
While the systems have changed, the themes Snyder imparts to his team has largely remained the same.
"We're all about building character guys — guys who will be a success even if they don't play football when they graduate," Snyder said. "That's the big goal we have here for anyone who enters our program. We want to build great characters first and then great football players."
Mountain View Bruins at a glance
Coach: Coach Snyder is in his fourth year and has compiled an overall record of 11-19. He's a graduate of Dugway High School.
(Spread; 4 returning starters)
Snyder believes his offense can prove effective if it can get the ball out quickly to a variety of players. The focus, however, will be on running Ashton Domingo, who rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.
"We're only going to have one or two main running backs this year when in the past we've had at least four with our offense," Snyder says. "We like our quarterback and his ability to get the ball where it needs to be and on time.
(4-3; 4 returning starters)
New defensive coordinator Brad Mowen will bring changes to the defense, but will likely rely heavily on two returning defensive linemen.
"Kaaihue (Afalava) will play tackle for us, and he's very good," Snyder said. "At end we have Sefa (Teaupa) there, so those guys should be very good and should be the strength of our defense along with Micah Ngatuvai."
Coach’s preseason Region 7 straw poll: fifth
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: fifth
An overhaul of the offensive and defensive systems should serve Mountain View well in 2013. Snyder has a lot of good coaching experience around him and the team should make a good run at the playoffs.
Fri. Aug. 23 — Manti, 7 p.m.
Fri. Aug. 30 — at Wasatch, 7 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 6 — at Provo, 7 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 13 — Corner Canyon, 7 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 20 — Orem, 7 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 27 — at Skyline, 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 4 — Murray, 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 9 — at Timpanogos, 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 16 — Olympus, 7 p.m.
Fr. Oct. 25 — at Stansbury, 7 p.m.
Mountain View coaching history
2010-current — Jon Snyder (12-19)
2007-2009 — Teko Johnson (14-17)
2003-2006 — Doug Meeks (11-30)
1995-2002 — Randy Rehrer (44-40)
1991-1994 — Bryce Monsen (21-19)
1987-1990 — Steve Park (20-17)
1982-1986 — Austin McNaughton (24-24)
1980-1981 — Dave Allphin (10-10)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Bennett Maxwell, LB
2007 — Greg May, DB
2004 — Jordan Bateman, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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