1A high school football preview: Monument Valley at Duchesne
Duchesne relishing its position as the heavy favorite
Jason Olson, Deseret News
Monument Valley (2-6) at Duchesne (10-0)
1A state tournament quarterfinals
Friday, 2 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Duchesne by 62
All-time series: Duchesne leads 6-0
Coach vs. coach: Duchesne’s Jerry Cowan leads Monument Valley’s Jim Dandy, 1-0 (2003)
Last meeting: Oct. 29, 2011 — Duchesne 65-26, 1A quarterfinal at Duchesne
DUCHESNE — The Eagles, as expected, are flying high entering the 1A state playoffs and their matchup with Monument Valley in the first round. An undefeated regular season record on top of three straight state championships positions them as the unquestioned favorite.
It's a position Duchesne coach Jerry Cowan is OK with.
"We're used to being the favorite and yeah, it puts some pressure on you, but we've proven able to deal with that pressure," he said. "Our players are used to winning, but more importantly, know how to win."
Take for instance starting quarterback Trent Roberts, who has never lost a football game in his two years starting. Roberts provided 1,162 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns on the year to lead the Eagles.
"He's a fine quarterback and a great leader for us," Cowan said. "We also have some very good running backs — especially Matt Muir, who is our offensive MVP."
Muir is one of the team's three leading running backs, second-leading receiver and star cornerback. He provided 851 total yards and eight touchdowns on the year.
The only area for concern for Duchesne is at line depth.
"We lost some key players late along our line and hopefully we can get them healthy," Cowan said. "We're going to rest some of them against Monument Valley and hopefully get them healthy for the rest of the playoffs."
Monument Valley enters the matchup with a 3-5 overall record and the overwhelming underdog.
"You can't take anyone lightly and we're not taking them lightly," Cowan said of his opponent. "They're a well-coached team and we'll have to be up for the game and play our best to win."
Monument Valley statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 21.0 ppg (7th in 1A)
Scoring defense: 28.8 ppg (7th in 1A)
Duchesne statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 34.2 ppg (1st in 1A)
Scoring defense: 10.7 ppg (1st in 1A)
Passing leader: Trent Roberts (31-70, 44.3%, 715 yards, 8 TDs)
Rushing leaders: Trent Roberts (74 carries, 447 yards, 13 TDs), Matt Dye (122 carries, 575 yards, 7 TDs), Dylan Despain (77 carries, 719 yards, 5 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Matt Muir (10 catches, 295 yards, 3 TDs), Braxton Spencer (10 catches, 254 yards, 4 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Trent Roberts (78 tackles), Colin Moon (77 tackles)
Sack leaders: Josey Reinhardt (3 sacks)
Interception leaders: Trent Roberts, Braxton Spencer (3 INTs)
Felt’s Facts for Monument Valley High School
All-time record: 69-149-1 (26 years)
Region championships: 0
Playoff appearances: 8
All-time playoff record: 1-7
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Felt’s Factoid(s): When MV traveled to Pinon, Ariz., in 1996, no game officials showed up. The teams played anyway, and Pinon won, 24-19.
Felt’s Facts for Duchesne High School
All-time record: 219-197-1 (43 years)
Region championships: 9 (1983 co, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Playoff appearances: 34
All-time playoff record: 26-29
State championships: 4 (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)
State championship record: 4-3
Felt’s Factoid(s): Duchesne led the state in scoring margin (33.2 ppg) in 2011. The Eagles have won 44 straight games, a state record.