"We have Cole Casper back at running back and guys like Jake Mafi and Connor Ellis at receiver, so I like our potential there," Burtenshaw said. "We just need to get Jaren (Hall) in good spots so that he can make plays and our skill guys can do the things they did so well last year."
(4-3; 4 returning starters)
Burtenshaw runs a traditional system and employs relatively simple schemes to allow his players to play fast and aggressive. The strength of the defense should be in the defensive backfield, which could serve well in pass-happy Region 8.
"It seems as if everyone throws the ball and throws it a lot now in our region," Burtenshaw said. "Fortunately we have some good guys there. Jake Mafi will play both ways and I really like Nick Shaw — he's a good leader for us."
Coaches preseason Region 4 straw poll: Fourth
Deseret News preseason Region 4 prediction: Third
Bottom line: It's never good to go into a season with a largely inexperienced offensive and defensive line, but that's what Maple Mountain has in 2013. Should the lines suffice the Golden Eagles have enough firepower to finish at or near the top of Region 8 and again qualify for the playoffs.
Maple Mountain coaching history
2009-current — Brad Burtenshaw (19-24)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
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