With so much depth at fullback, Cedar’s coaching staff is considering utilizing two fullbacks at times this season.
Cedar Redmen at a glance
Coach: Todd Peacock is entering his 23rd year as Cedar’s head coach and his 27th overall, having spent three years at North Sanpete and one at East Carbon. He is 132-110-1 at Cedar and 154-125-1 overall. He’s a graduate of Emery High School.
(4 returning starters; Option offense)
Cedar only averaged 18 ppg last season, but a better offensive line should make the team much more productive in 2013. Kole Dotson is a returning starter on that line, while Jaren Forsyth was a part-time starter. Brock Esplin and Dallin Jacoby will be newcomers on the line. Dotson, Esplin and Forstyth are all seniors. The quarterback position has been up in the air this summer with the coaching staff wavering between junior Breckin Lewis and junior Austin Obering. Lewis is a tough, smart kid while Obering is extremely fast. Cedar has some other athletic kids to fill out the running back spots with Bubba Allred, Lane Black, Dusty Hone and Ty Bulloch.
(5 returning starters)
Coach Peacock is confident he has the speed to keep up with some of the better teams down South this season. A couple of those key guys are cornerbacks Obering and Hone, who will need to have strong years if Cedar is going to be able to slow down the passing attacks of teams like Dixie, Desert Hills and Pine View. Cedar’s linebacker corps will be anchored by Lewis and Grover, both returning starters. Dallin Brooks was a standout defensive end last season, but the junior will likely be moving to linebacker this season.
Coaches preseason 3AA South straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News 3AA South prediction: Sixth
Bottom line: History has a way of repeating itself, and don’t be surprised if that happens again with Cedar football. In 2004 it advanced to the 3A semifinals, and followed it up with a 1-9 season in 2005. Peacock’s team bounced back quickly with an 8-3 season in 2006. Fast forward seven years and Cedar is hoping to cap a similar three-year cycle after advancing to the semifinals in 2011 and then winning one game in 2012. With such a tough schedule in 3AA, it’s hard to imagine Cedar winning eight games this season, but if the team speed is as good as advertised, a winning record and a return to the playoffs are certainly possibilities.
Cedar coaching history
1991-current — Todd Peacock (139-103)
1986-1990 — Kit Janes (19-31)
1980-1985 — Dave Jensen (43-18)
1977-1979 — Jim Dalton (10-18)
1974-1976 — Jack Bishop (12-14)
1971-1973 — John Pensis (14-21)
1970 — Jim Marshall (2-6)
1967-1969 — Unknown
1966 — Jack Sawyers (4-3)
1956-1965 — Harold Norton (49-30)
1952-1955 — Glen Jackson (26-6)
1937-1950 — Unknown
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — John Ursua, QB
2011 — Kahi Eldredge, OL
2010 — Matt Grover, RB
2010 — Connor Ottenbacher, OL
2009 — Jackson Carter, DB/QB
2009 — Jesse Woods, DL
2008 — Ryan Decker, DL
2008 — Trent Grover, LB
2007 — Dylan Fox, LB
2007 — Spencer Montgomery, OL
2007 — Logan Obering, DB
2006 — Todd Whitney, LB
2004 — Kaylon Pickett, DL
2004 — Jordan Wood, DB
2004 — Joe West, SP
2003 — Taylor Ruud, OL
2003 — Bradon Grover, LB
2003 — Marty Sims, 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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