Coach: Corey Morrison is entering his 11th season as Richfield head coach, amassing a 33-64 record during that time. He coached from 1995 to 1999 and then took over the head coaching job again in 2008. He’s a graduate of Richfield High.
(7 returning starters; Fly offense)
The bulk of the offensive line graduated last season, but Brian Curtis is back and will anchor the Wildcats’ line from his guard position. Curtis is big at 6 foot 4 and 265 pounds, and someone who running backs like Morgan Torgersen and Brody Ellis hope to have success running behind. Much more is expected of Spencer Henderson at quarterback. He's a quick runner who also needs to make strides through the air to take proper advantage of standout receiver Brenan Thomas.
(7 returning starters)
Richfield only gave up 20 ppg last year, which was good by 2A standards for a team not named San Juan or Manti. With tougher competition in the lower-tier 3A this year, that defensive unit will need to be even better. Leading the way is defensive end Shay Morrison, who was tops at Richfield last year with 107 tackles. The secondary could be a strength as well with the return of Ryley Cunningham, a lockdown corner, according to Morrison.
Coaches preseason 3A South straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News 3A South prediction: Fifth
Bottom line: It will certainly be interesting to see how Richfield fares competing against bigger schools every Friday night. Strangely, the schedule doesn’t really test the Wildcats in the preseason as they face 1A schools Kanab and Monticello and then host 2A’s South Sevier. After that, Richfield faces 3A schools Emery and Canyon View, two teams it lost to in 2012. Those will be excellent measuring-stick games this year. Wins mean Richfield can be competitive in 3A, but losses could mean it’s more of the same at Richfield.
Richfield coaching history
2008-present — Corey Morrison (30-24)
2005-2007 — Seth Giddings (12-18)
2000-2004 — Dave Clark (11-38)
1995-1999 — Corey Morrison (3-40)
1989-1994 — Randy Madsen (24-31)
1983-1988 — Paul Messersmith (50-17)
1982 — Larry Estep (4-5)
1979-1981 — Paul Tidwell (20-12)
1973-1978 — Nyle Norris (37-29)
1969-1972 — Gary Roylance (29-13-1)
1967-1968 — Ronald Pierce (1-16)
1966 — Ken Sampson (1-7)
1965 — Unknown (1-6-1)
1963-1964 — Andy Anderson (8-7-1)
1957-1962 — Art Nielson (12-34-3)
1955-1956 — Darwin Woodbury (2-12)
1943-1954 — Clive Roberts (1-7)
1937-1942 — Unknown (13-16-1)
1931-1936 — Joe Buys (28-14-1)
1925-1930 — Paul Packard (17-16)
1922-1924 — Unknown (6-7-3)
1921 — Harry Casey (5-1-1)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Shay Morrison, TE/DE
2011 — Braden Hampton, RB/DB
2011 — Justus Clark, OL/DL
2010 — Robert TorgersonDL
2008 — J.D. Michaelsen, WR/DE
2007 — Tyler Tuttle, FB/LB
2004 — Austin Somers, RB
2003 — Jason Jensen, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Richfield Wildcats 2013 preview
Richfield's Morgan Torgerson talks with the Deseret News about the upcoming 2013 high school football season.
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