Jake Topham was Parowan’s leading tackler at linebacker last year, and he’s someone who big things are expected from again this year.
Parowan Rams at a glance
Coach: Brigham Nielsen is entering his second season as Parowan head coach following a 1-8 rookie season. He’s a graduate of Highland High.
(9 returning starters; Triple Option offense)
Parowan returns the bulk of its starters, including a bunch of linemen who the coaching staff expects big things from. Cannon Brunzvick, Marty Stubbs and Anthony Shaw are all expected to make solid contributions. Caleb Murphy would be right in the heart of the offensive line, but he made a move to quarterback late in the season last year and that’s where he’ll start this season. Jake Topham could be the key offensively, a fullback that coach Nielsen said needs to involved much more this season. Kick Harrison is a solid receiver who will be expected to make plays when Parowan throws, while Cody Hartlmaier should be a solid running back.
(9 returning starters)
Parowan will likely be a slight favorite in its first two games this season, but the first true defensive test of the season comes in week three at Beaver. A potentially strong linebacking corps will need to step up in that game and every game for that matter if the Rams hope to make the playoffs. That linebacking corps includes Topham, Orlando Quezada, Kade Lister and Justice Walker. Murphy and Waylon Skeem will be expected to make plays from defensive end again this year, while Harrison and Braden Mineer will be key contributors in the secondary.
Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: Sixth
Deseret News 2A South prediction: Sixth
Bottom line: Last season against fellow 2A varsity teams, the only school Parowan was even competitive against was Enterprise, eventually losing 17-10. With the majority of the starters back in 2013 and an easier schedule, it’s not unrealistic to expect the Rams to be competitive in five or six games. Winning those games is an entirely different matter. This group of players doesn’t know what it takes to win games at the varsity level, and if Parowan struggles early, it could quickly become a negative situation.
Parowan coaching history
2012-current — Brigham Nielsen (1-8)
2007-2011 — Matt Labrum (17-35)
1999-2006 — Rod Murphy (21-50)
1997-1998 — Joe Hays (7-12)
1994-1996 — Danny Lewis (5-22)
1987-1993 — Scott Henderson (24-44)
1986 — Bob August (1-8)
1985 — Unknown (3-6)
1984 — Kevin Singleton (2-6)
1978-1983 — Scott Doubek (7-44)
1977 — Jery Dyer (1-8)
1976 — Tom Baltzer (1-7)
1972-1975 — Dave Jenson (17-23)
1970-1971 — Don Olson (5-13)
1967-1969 – Unknown (7-16-1)
1962-1966 — Lowell Caldwell (10-30)
1959-1961 — Unknown (2-18-1)
1958 — John Wood (0-7)
1956-1957 — Richard Jones (3-11)
1954-1955 — Bruce Decker (4-8-2)
1952-1953 — William "Twist" Jones (1-10-2)
1950-1951 — Unknown (1-10-1)
1949 — Ray Watters (2-4)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2010 — Zach Wood QB/SS
2009 — Corie Blackham, RB, DB
2008 — Cody Bradley, K
2008 — Nick Wood, QB/DB
2007 — Taggert Smith, OL/DL
2006 — Cole Stanton, WR/DB
2005 — Travis Jones, QB/DB
2004 — Travis Jones, QB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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