Wolverines at a glance
Coach: Scott Henderson starts his second year this fall and earned a 7-3 title in his first season. He’s coached football for 18 years, including as an assistant in 2004 when Hunter won the 5A state title. He’s a graduate of Cedar and SUU.
Offense (7 returners; Power I offense)
Hunter is smaller on the line than it's been in years. But Henderson said speed and athleticism will make up for lack of size. The Wolverines plan to stick to their roots and run the ball a lot, and with a stable of talented, tough running backs, they will be very good at it. Nathan Uhi, Sione Lapuhao, Bishop Le’I, Himinai Tausinga and Valu Rupu will play various roles in the running game. Senior Stone Togiai will lead the team’s offense at quarterback, and he’ll look for his brother, Noah, at tight end.
Defense (5 returners)
Many of the key players on offense will make noise on Hunter’s defense. This is where the team’s toughness will show. The defense is led by senior defensive end Riley Mulitalo, senior defensive end Sione Lapuhao and sophomore nose guard Tavita Taluteoli.
Coaches preseason Region 2 straw poll: 1
Deseret News Region 2 prediction: 2
The Wolverines are smaller but believe athleticism, speed and toughness will make up for the loss in girth. Line play will be key for the team as the ability to move the ball on the ground is the team’s bread and butter. They may not be flashy, but Henderson has convinced the players that the ground game is glamorous. Hunter will contend for the region title again this season.
Hunter coaching history
2012-current — Scott Henderson (7-3)
2011 — Les Hamilton (3-7)
2008-2010 — Dustin Pearce (19-15)
1999-2007 — Wes Wilcken (67-32)
1994-1998 — John Lambourne (40-15)
1990-1993 — Mike Fraser (18-13)
Deseret News Mr. Football recipients
2003 — Ray Feinga, OL
1998 — David Fiefia, RB
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2003 — Tauni Vakapuna, RB
Deseret News First Team All-Staters the past 10 years
2010 — Ului Lapuaho, OL
2009 — Laau Tanuvasa, RB
2006 — Ray Mulitalo, DL
2005 — Pauli Latu, DL
2005 — Soni Sotele, SP
2004 — Matt Asiata, RB
2003 — Ron Tongaonevai, OL
2003 — Ben Ama, DL
2003 — Travis Judd, 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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