High school football: 2013 Deseret News MVPs delivered countless accomplishments this fall

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10 2013 4:55 p.m. MST

The 2013 high school football season featured a record six classifications and 103 programs. Thousands of athletes accounted for 28,441 points in 1,126 games from late August into mid-November. Countless accomplishments were viewed every Friday across Utah.

For Bingham’s Scott Nichols, Timpview’s Britain Covey, Pine View’s Kody Wilstead, Judge Memorial’s Kaden Elliss, South Summit’s Colby Averett and Duchesne’s Trent Roberts, their nightly contributions guided their teams to incredible heights, including a combined five state championships. As a result, the Deseret News has recognized those six players as MVPs of their respected classifications.

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Scott Nichols, Bingham

In Nichols’ recruitment video, his highlights are complemented by the voice of motivational speaker Eric Thomas. “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

Nichols embodied the sentiment. Undersized in physical attributes, he willed himself to 1,832 yards and 20 touchdowns on 242 carries in Bingham’s 14-0 championship run. That rushing total outstretched any single-season performance by his predecessors — Jonathan Cuff, Doug Fiefia, Sam and Harvey Langi and Daniel Palepoi.

“What made him a special running back is since he was an eighth-grader everybody admired him because of his work ethic,” Bingham coach Dave Peck said. “He put his heart and soul into it. You do that on a daily basis and you gain a lot of respect from everybody in the program.

“Scott Nichols is as good of running back as I’ve coached,” Peck continued. “When it comes down to putting guys on the field and trying to win games, I’d take him. He’s been spectacular for us.”

On four separate occasions Nichols surpassed 200 yards, including a 275-yard, three-touchdown effort in a quarterfinal matchup against Riverton.

“Very seldom does the first guy that hits him take him down. He just inspired the rest of the guys around him,” Peck said. “He’s the reason we probably went undefeated. I thought Scotty was our best player.”

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Britain Covey, Timpview

Throughout Timpview’s second consecutive title run, the T-Birds' defense garnered the majority of the publicity, and justifiably so. However, after Covey inherited responsibilities behind center in Week 3, the Thunderbirds averaged 43.4 points per game.

“If you have a great quarterback then you’re going to have a great offense,” Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said.

Covey completed nearly 70 percent of his pass attempts for 1,890 yards and 26 touchdowns, compared to only six interceptions, while adding 1,264 yards and 18 touchdowns with his feet.

“He was everything you’d want in a quarterback,” Whittingham said. “Somebody who could make great decisions; somebody that could read the defenses and put the ball where you wanted him to put it; and then the physical threat he is to pull the ball down and run at any point are the things that anyone who has seen knows he’s capable of.”

In five games, Covey exceeded 100 yards through the air and on the ground.