2013 high school football preview: Woods Cross Wildcats feature a lot of underclassmen
“He’s our best player,” Spencer said of Harry, who steps into a more prominent role on offense after securing four interceptions on defense last season. “He’s the best player on the team. Our thing is (getting) him the football. What do we have to do to get him the football? He’s going to be a two-way starter. He’s going to play corner and lock down one side of the field, and as a receiver he’s our go-to guy. He’s a college football player in the making.”
Exactly who will serve as the quarterback for Harry and Co. has yet to be determined. Luke Jowers, who Spencer tabbed as “the No. 1 based on last year,” and Clay Kidman, who has “put himself in really good position to battle,” are both receiving first-team reps.
“It’s likely we could play two early and let them continue to battle. Luke is a great athlete, great leadership — everything you want out of your quarterback spot,” Spencer said. “Clay has worked so hard and done everything we’ve asked him to do and beyond. I feel if I were to just say, ‘Luke, (the) job is yours,’ that sends the message to everybody else that is watching Clay work that that doesn’t matter. I’m not saying that Luke hasn’t worked, but I feel like it’s important to give those boys every opportunity they can.”
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In addition to the players Spencer highlighted, he raved about sophomore Braxton Gunther, who started last season. He compared Gunther to former Woods Cross star and Stanford signee Sean Barton in terms of potential.
Speed is the emphasis to compensate for youth. The defense features five track stars from last year’s state championship track team.
Coaches preseason Region 6 straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News Region 6 prediction: Fifth
Bottom line: It’s evident that Woods Cross has undeniable speed throughout the depth chart, and using that in an up-tempo scheme will benefit the Wildcats in region. That said, considering last year’s team was supposed to be the best in school history, this squad is facing much different odds. Right now, East, Highland and Bountiful are clearly the upper echelon of the region, and Woods Cross plays all three on the road. Then, with Kearns fielding one of the more talented teams it’s had in recent years, the Wildcats need to pull off an upset or two or potentially risk missing the playoffs.
Woods Cross coaching history
2012 — Justin Spencer (9-3)
2011 — Nick Longshore (4-6)
2007-2010 — Fred Fernandes (18-20)
2005-2006 — Russ Jones (5-14)
2000-2004 — Alema Te'o (7-42)
1986-1999 — John Hanning (61-81)
1981-1985 — Larry Eldracher (18-29)
1977-1980 — Joseph Hawkins (13-22)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Felipo Mokofisi, DL
2012 — Sean Barton, DB
2011 — Sean Barton, DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.