That's our biggest hurdle right now — replacing the starters from last season. We're just trying to fill in the holes from graduation last year, and trying to get our kids all on the same page. —Steve Hutchings, Beaver football head coach
BEAVER — After falling in the 2A quarterfinals for the past three seasons, the Beaver Beavers hope to make a serious run at a state championship in 2013.
"We've lost a lot of starters, but we've had a good offseason and we have some good seniors coming back. Hopefully, they will provide good leadership," head coach Steve Hutchings said.
Beaver lost a total of 16 starters — most of whom were on the offensive and defensive lines — and will need to replace them to compete in 2013.
Four of the key contributors the Beavers lost from 2012 were Lyndon Bradshaw (WR/DB), Zac Burke (TE/DE), Parker Fails (WR/DB) and Logan Lozano (RB/DB).
Bradshaw caught 15 passes for 232 yards and three TDs; Burke made 10 tackles four sacks; Fails caught 18 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns; and Lozano ran the ball 48 times for 403 yards and a TD.
Filling the shoes of players like them won't be easy, and the Beavers are well aware of that.
"That's our biggest hurdle right now — replacing the starters from last season. We're just trying to fill in the holes from graduation last year, and trying to get our kids all on the same page," said Hutchings.
Running the ball shouldn't be an issue for the Beavers in 2013, as they have returning backs Jesse McMullin and Bailey Bradshaw in the backfield. They will both start on defense as well.
McMullin received 163 carries and ran for 1,061 yards and 14 TDs in 2012, while Bradshaw added 389 yards and six TDs on 101 carries. The Beavers also have returning starting quarterback Kasen Hutchings, who rushed the ball 79 times for 374 yards and six TDs, along with throwing for 530 yards and six more touchdowns to lead Beaver's attack.
"(The returning starters) have always been a good group of kids — clear from little league through high school — so I'm hoping we'll have a decent team this year," coach Hutchings said. "It'll just come down to the chemistry of our team and how well we come together after losing a lot of kids to graduation."
Beaver Beavers at a glance
Coach: Steve Hutchings is entering his ninth year as head coach at his alma mater, where he has compiled a respectable 38-45 record.
(3 returning starters; wing-T and option offense)
Beaver should be much more efficient offensively with top contributors Jesse McMullin, Bailey Bradshaw and quarterback Kasen Hutchings back for the 2013 season. They each pose a threat to run the ball at any given moment. The Beavers lost quite a few linemen on both sides of the ball, and the young talent on the roster will have to step up and fill those shoes to be successful.
(2 returning starters)
The Beavers' defense was exceptional last season, giving up just 145 points all year. With many departures on the defensive end, the youngsters on the squad are once again going to have to step up. McMullin and Bradshaw will anchor the defense and be the leaders for the Beavers. With a lot of younger players starting, the defense could lack a lot of the power and tenacity it thrived on last year. Younger players will attempt to fill the void.
Coaches Preseason Region 2A straw poll: Second
Deseret News Region 2A South Predictions: Second
Bottom Line: As the 2013 season approaches, most schools become excited and optimistic to begin the new year. Beaver is among them. With two explosive and elusive backs returning in the backfield, as well as a Colin Kaepernick-esque quarterback, the Beavers seem to have all the weapons they need for a successful 2013 season. Keep an eye on the region games, for those games are what will truly measure their success this season.
Aug. 23 — at Canyon View, 7 p.m.
Aug. 30 — KANAB, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 — PAROWAN, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 — at South Summit, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 — GRAND, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 — at San Juan, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 — at North Sevier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 — SOUTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Enterprise, 7 p.m.
Beaver coaching history
2005-current — Steve Hutchings (38-45)
1999-2004 — Brandon Draper (41-25)
1989-1998 — Alan Raddon (64-40)
1963-1988 — Al Marshall (218-70)
1955-1962 — Pat Lindsay (26-24)Comment on this story
1954 — Unknown (2-5)
1950-1953 — Lamont Thornock (11-14)
1949 — Unknown (4-3)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Kendall White, TE/LB
2012 — Tyler Terry, OL/DL
2011 — Jeremy Brown, RB/DB
2010 — Slade Edwards, FB/LB
2008 — Jordan McMullin, OL/LB
2006 — Justin Moss, QB/DB
2006 — Jeff Oldroyd, FB/LB
2004 — Ben Roberts, RB
2003 — Luke Beaumont, QB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Ryan Love was born and raised in Holladay, Utah and is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications. Ryan became a part-time scoreboarder and sports reporter for the Deseret News in October, 2012. EMAIL: email@example.com