High school football preview: Realignment cooked up exotic Region 7
2. OLYMPUS: The Titans return 11 starters from last year’s squad with an opportunity to secure a third-straight region championship for the first time in school history. Olympus is extremely deep defensively with Connor Haller patrolling the secondary along with Michael Ninivaggi, Ryan Barber and Jeff Faletoi. Offensively, running back Coleman Meier is poised for a breakout season after inheriting the featured role in the backfield. 2012 RECORD: 6-5. PLAYOFFS: Lost 20-14 to Highland in the first round.
3. SKYLINE: For the first time since dinosaurs existed Skyline won’t run a triple-option offense. The Eagles are switching to the popular spread scheme in an attempt to dictate the pace of the game. For the first time since former BYU quarterback Brandon Doman’s junior season in 1993, an underclassman will voice the huddle — Braxton Chipman. He’ll have ample support from a talented offensive line. 2012 RECORD: 5-5. PLAYOFFS: Lost 35-6 to Bountiful in the first round.
4. TIMPANOGOS: In what appears to be a massive rebuilding process after losing nearly every contributor on both sides of the ball, the Timberwolves will rely on Austin Seegmiller, a versatile defender with an ability to play on the line or drop back at linebacker. Timpanogos will still be competitive, and as the season progresses could potentially surprise teams. 2012 RECORD: 7-4. PLAYOFFS: Lost 36-6 to Mountain Crest in the first round.
5. MOUNTAIN VIEW: The Bruins snuck into last year's 4A play-in game with an overtime win against Springville and are looking to exceed that production in 2013. Following the trend, Mountain View abandoned its flexbone offense in favor of the revered spread scheme. Ashton Domingo and Caden Gomez highlight an inexperienced bunch at running back along with quarterback Jaren Flaker and receiver Parker Hunsaker. 2012 RECORD: 4-7. PLAYOFFS: Lost 49-0 to East in the 4A play-in game.
6. CORNER CANYON: Many expect Corner Canyon to compete immediately with a talent group migrating from powerhouse programs Alta and Juan Diego. Michael Ebeling is a talented junior quarterback, and Riley Ogden is a shifty running back with breakaway speed. The Chargers already have a fair advantage up front with several hefty blockers. The secondary appears to be the focal point defensively with an abundance of team speed. 2012 RECORD: N/A. PLAYOFFS: N/A.
7. MURRAY: The Spartans are enthusiastic about the possibilities of improvement in coach Mike Richmond’s second season at the helm. His son, Riley, will direct the offense at quarterback with Ethan Barnett hibernating on the outside. Mitch Rasmussen is a short-statured back with deceptively quick change of direction. 2012 RECORD: 1-9. PLAYOFFS: Did not qualify.
CONTRIBUTING: Brandon Gurney