Huxford threw for 1,580 yards, nine TDs and 16 interceptions out of the spread offense last year. This season, however, most of his throwing will be on play-action, boots and fades, which Robinson believes should increase his efficiency.
Musto is a fantastic QB in his own right. He went to Stanford’s camp as a renegade this summer and definitely turned some heads.
The one-two punch has the potential to be a great thing for Canyon View. Potential is a word that’s been thrown around lightly through the years, but only time will tell if this year’s team is capable of actually reaching its potential.
“You get your head beat in time after time and it gets real discouraging and then kids leave the program, kids who could help you,” said Robinson.
Some of those kids are coming back, and the wins may soon follow.
Canyon View Falcons at a glance
Coach: Robinson, 61, has 37 years of head coaching experience in football outside of Utah, and he’s also been a head coach in basketball, softball and track through the years. He won football state titles at three different schools — Casper, Wyo.; Mountain View, Wyo.; and Silverton, Ore.
(3 returning starters; Unbalanced dive attack)
Coach Robinson’s offense is all about creating mismatches across the line of scrimmage, but they don’t mean anything if the Falcons can’t block. With only one returning starter on the offensive line, center Brooks Rigtrup, it remains to be seen if this new group of linemen have what it takes to be good run blockers. If they are, Braxton Higgins has the potential to have a great season. The coaching staff hopes to give Higgins the ball 25 times per game and let him run downhill. Junior fullback Tevan Vasi is another kid who could get a lot of carries. The Falcons only averaged 13 ppg last season, and coach Robinson hopes the change in offensive philosophy improves that production.
(3 returning starters)
Canyon View allowed more than 40 ppg last season, and that stat wasn’t just inflated by Region 9 games either. It gave up 40 points in a preseason game to Juab, a team that’s now in Canyon View’s region and one of the region favorites. If the Falcons have any hope of competing in the new league, they need to find a way to get some stops. Robinson likes to use an attacking 4-6 defense, kind of like the Chicago Bears back in their heyday, and he believes he has the personnel to be successful. Brycen Bybee will be a key returning starter at defensive end, while Ty Hollerman has the potential to be a great free safety.
Coaches preseason 3A South straw poll: Sixth
Deseret News 3A South prediction: Sixth
Bottom line: Years of futility took their toll on the program, as Canyon View might only have five seniors on the team this year. Regardless of how established a program is, it’s tough to win without senior leadership. With that said, the new classification certainly opens the door for Canyon View to be more successful. Realistically, it’s going to take time for players to become comfortable with the new offense and figure out how to win football games. Full-blown success might be a year away if the players and coaching staff stick with it.
Canyon View coaching history
2013 — Robby Robinson
2008-2012 — Alex Huxford (7-40)
2004-2007 — Randy Hunter (10-28)
1997-2003 — Danny Lewis (23-49)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2006 — Austin Minefee, RB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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