Quarterback Kody Wilstead missed 4 1/2 games with injury last year, but still threw for 1,120 yards and 13 TDs as a sophomore. He’s bulked up to 218 pounds since last season, and he’s arguably one of the best QBs in Class 3AA this season. Question marks at offensive line could impact his productivity, though. Germo Fierro is the lone offensive line starter back from last season, but Hosner is confident Cory Kamachi, Harrison Goebel, Hona Tiatia and Ray Fuane can pick up the slack. If they do, Pano Tiatia could be in line for a fantastic season at running back.
(4 returning starters)
Pine View ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense in 3A last season, surrendering a little less than 22 ppg. That was only good enough for a fourth-place finish in Region 9. If it hopes to compete for the region title, getting more stops will be vital. A strong linebacker corps and an experienced secondary give the team a chance. Thor Katoa and Kaden Creager will anchor the strong linebacking corps, but the secondary is where the strength lies. Jaden Ah Quin and Triston Duran both return with two years of starting experience in the secondary, while Jack Bangerter, Colton Miller and Dylan Draper also gained some experience last season.
Coaches preseason 3AA South straw poll: Fourth
Deseret News 3AA South prediction: Third
Bottom line: Some programs are just happy to make the playoffs, but that’s never been the case at Pine View — even after the opening of Desert Hills shrunk enrollment. Pine View is certainly capable of competing for the region title this year if Wilstead stays healthy and Tiatia is as good as advertised. Two games in late September may ultimately define the Panthers’ season as they host Dixie and Desert Hills on back-to-back weekends. Wins could put them in the driver's seat for the region title, while losses could put a playoff berth in jeopardy.
Pine View coaching history
2001-current — Ray Hosner (101-37)
1998-2000 — Sark Arslanian (16-12)
1994-1997 — Wade Turley (14-22)
1992-1993 — Bill Jacobsen (7-10)
1989-1991 — Chris Brockman (11-16)
1985-1988 — Jim Johnson (26-13)
1983-1984 — Wes Christiansen (5-13)
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2005 — James Lark, QB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Prentiss Miller, RB
2012 — Logan Stott, OL
2012 — Wesley Moeai, DL
2011 — Jake Arslanian, WR
2010 — Will Bangerter LB
2009 — Kaden Hosner,DB
2008 — Kevin Moss, OL
2008 — Adam Bangerter, LB
2008 — Justin Ence, DB
2007 — Nick Marinko, QB
2007 — Robert Evans, WR
2007 — Riley Dias, Specialist
2005 — Jesse Ence, RB
2005 — David Foote, WR
2005 — Derek Buchanan, TE
2005 — Mic Snyder, DL
2005 — Nate Harris, LB
2005 — Carter Mees, DB
2005 — Riley Stephenson, K
2004 — James Lark, QB
2004 — Carson Seegmiller, WR
2004 — Riley Stephenson, K
2003 — Matt Black, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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