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.
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
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