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High school football: Weber Warriors 2013 preview

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 9:35 a.m. MDT

Weber High RB / LB Austin Tesh on Warrior football

The team's other top running backs are juniors Hunter Bell and Braxton Beck.

Seniors Huston Wade and Jake Nalder will handle the tight end job. Senior Nate Kelley, a three-sport athlete and very competitive young man, will start at the slot.

At wide receiver, junior Jaxon Porter is "the biggest big-play threat we have on our team," Hammer said, with seniors Kyle McFarlane and Tyson Lindley also seeing playing time there.

On the offensive line, senior Quinton Hall will start at center, seniors Ryan Beal and Kyson Filiaga will get the call at guard, and junior Wyatt Beckey and senior Tanner Smith will get the start at tackle.

Beal and senior Devon Childress will start at defensive tackle, with Nalder, Filiaga and senior McKay Hardy handling the defensive end duties.

At linebacker, senior Austin Dew leads the way along with Bell, Wade, Tesch and senior Sam Tams.

The defensive backfield will feature junior Nick Austin, McFarlane and Beck at safety, with Lindley and senior Auston Wride at cornerback.

Senior Gabe Madsen will handle the place-kicking chores, with Wade doing the punting.

Hammer grew up in Clinton and played his prep football at Clearfield High, so he's very familiar with the teams in Region 1. And, he has great respect for those programs and their coaches, especially because he recruited those schools while coaching at Weber State.

He sees his job and that of his staff, which includes former Clearfield High/University of Utah star and NFL defensive back Andre Dyson, as not only teaching Weber High's players how to play football, but how to win on the field and off it as well.

"We've got to teach these kids it's a simple game and get 'em to play at a high level," Hammer said. "At the end of the day, you're gonna run, you're gonna block, you're gonna tackle — and yeah, we've got to put some scheme into it where we're doing the right things and we're putting our kids into the right situations.

"But at the end of the day, those kids have got to be able to line up and play fast and use what God gave 'em athletically to play the game the right way.

"I've put some good coaches around me, guys who played college football and have NFL experience," he said. "Coaching is that ultimate level of teaching, and you've got to be able to teach these kids where they can line up and play the right way."

He hopes to build Weber High's program from the ground up, beginning with the local little league teams and on up through the junior high ranks.

He knows the Weber High community is yearning for a competitive ballclub, and he wants nothing more than to bring one to them. And he feels there is plenty of reason for hope and optimism here. It's just a matter of getting the right kids in the right spots with the right scheme, and they can turn things around.

"Good teams find a way to win in a close game," Hammer said, "but they've found a way to lose here as well and that's what we've got to change — how we handle adversity, and how to play once we get the lead.

"It's a great region. I have great respect for this region — they're great coaches and great kids that play the game the right way.

"Hopefully we just make football relevant at Weber High School again," Hammer said.

And to hear him talk, you can't help but believe that Hammer and his staff can make that happen.

Weber Warriors at a glance

Coach: Matt Hammer takes over the Warriors' reins this year in his first head coaching job. He spent the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Weber State.

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