Delta Rabbits at a glance
Coach: Russ Fowles is entering his first season as head coach at Delta High School. He’s a graduate of Delta High.
(4 returning starters; Inverted wishbone offense)
Bracken Lovell takes over quarterback, and the junior has great footwork and has the potential to be a strong rusher. The biggest concern heading into the season offensively is the offensive line, as Saxon Day is the only returning starter. Hunter Fowles will be a newcomer at center, and coach Fowles — also his father — said he has to have a strong year. If he does, running backs like Kale Leavitt, Riley Nielson and Morgan Bogue could all end up having great seasons. Bogue is the top returning rusher from a year ago having gained 214 yards on 32 carries.
(4 returning starters)
Wrestling coach Jason Thomas takes over as the defensive coordinator this season, but Fowles said most of the changes will be cosmetic in nature. He does, however, expect the defense to be better nonetheless. Leavitt and Nielson were among Delta’s leading tacklers last season, and they’re both back this year at linebacker. Parker Whiseant played sparingly at linebacker last season, but he’ll take on a much larger role this season. Day and Tanner Nielson will anchor the defensive line.
Coaches preseason 3A South straw poll: Third
Deseret News 3A South prediction: Second
Bottom line: Realistically, it can’t get much worse after a disappointing 3-8 season last year in which Delta could never develop any consistency. Then again, don’t expect anything to come easy this year. The classification change will only make a difference in the playoffs, but first the Rabbits need to qualify and the schedule this year is as tough — if not tougher — than last year. The first two games at Morgan and Millard will reveal a lot about this team and if a bounce-back year is really in the cards.
Delta coaching history
2013 — Russ Fowles
2005-2012 — Russ Henrie (59-35)
1982-2004 — Dean Fowles (161-78)
1979-1981 — Clark (21-12)
1974-1978 — Unknown (45-13)
1971-1973 — Bill Brown (20-12)
1970 — Jim Porter (7-2)
1968-1969 — Brent Rock (20-6)
1967 — Myers (5-3)
1965-1966 — Jim Porter (24-1)
1957-1964 — Robert Horlacher (48-22)
1956 — Joe Martinez (3-4)
1954-1955 — Jim Durrant (7-9)
1950-1953 — Bruce Osborne (16-13)
1947-1949 — Nephi Schwab (9-12)
1946 — Reginald LeFevere (0-4)
1942-1945 — F.G. "Frosty" Richards (9-13)
1941 — Mr. Anderson (5-2)
1939-1940 — Howard Schaub (10-6)
1936-1938 — Jay Tolman (13-5)
1931-1935 — Unknown (12-8)
1928-1930 — Joe Snow (11-2)
1924-1927 — Unknown (9-7)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Gerry Banda, OL
2011 — Colin Christensen, DB
2010 — Dallin Henrie, OL
2010 — Hadley Myers, LB
2009 — Nick Nissen, OL/DL
2009 — Derek Peterson, RB
2008 — Dayton DeLoach, DB
2007 — Curt Eliason, DB
2006 — Dallin DeLoach, LB
2006 — Jason May, LB
2004 — Jacob George, OL
2004 — K.C. Rawlinson, 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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