We’re just going to come and see how good we can be. I like our kids; I think we can be successful —Head coach John Colosimo
Note: Juan Diego finished 6-0 in region and 11-1 overall last season. The Soaring Eagle lost in overtime to Pine View in the 3AA semifinals.
DRAPER – Many of the names on the jerseys will be different.
But the expectation remains the same for the Juan Diego Soaring Eagle football team.
“We lost a significant amount from last year, really from the last two years,” said head coach John Colosimo. “Those seniors were a pretty significant part of the program. We’re rebuilding, and I’m not sure yet what we have.”
Colosimo said his situation is more the rule than the exception for prep programs.
“That’s just part of high school sports,” he said. “We’re just going to come and see how good we can be. I like our kids; I think we can be successful.”
With region titles for 11 straight seasons, expectations are high for Juan Diego, regardless of who is on the field. But Colosimo said the teams they’ll face in region play will make earning a 12th region title one tough task.
“It’s going to be a dog fight in our region, a little more so than in the past,” Colosimo said. “There are five teams maybe that can really battle each other. It will come down to some breaks and who can make some plays. I’m looking forward to a really competitive league.” A tougher region battle may actually help the Soaring Eagle when it comes to the playoffs. Last season, Juan Diego lost in overtime to Pine View. Their last state title was a 10-7 victory over Hurricane in 2010.
Colosimo said the 16 seniors the team will rely on for leadership are hard working and highly motivated.
“We’ve had a pretty good offensive line the last two years,” he said. “We’re trying to put the pieces together.”
He doesn’t feel this year’s seniors feel pressure created by past successes.
“Most of my guys are pretty motivated,” Colosimo said. “Whether it’s school, outside activities, they want to do well in whatever they do. I think they’re more upset that they didn’t get to play, and they have confidence that they can play. It’s just the kind of kids I have. They’re very self-motivated.” Andrew Markosian will anchor the offensive line at center. He started last year and is the third of three brothers who’ve played for Colosimo.
“Andrew is going to be a big part of what we do,” Colosimo said. “He’s been working very, very hard to be the kind of kid who can deliver on a Friday night for us.”
Senior Gabe Colosimo, who played wide receiver for the varsity team and quarterback for the junior varsity squad last season, will likely lead the team’s offense. But junior Alex Hoffman could also take some snaps at quarterback.
“(Gabe) is being pushed pretty hard by (Hoffman),” said the coach, who is also Gabe’s father. “They’ll probably both be on the field, depending on what the team needs. They’re going into camp battling each other, so we’ll see.”
Hoffman also plays tight end for the varsity team.
Colosimo said the team will face a tough preseason, which will test their skills and hopefully strengthen their confidence.
“We probably don’t have the easiest early schedule,” he said. “We may not start out of the gate very strong.”
The first two games for the Soaring Eagle squad will be against 4A schools.
Juan Diego Soaring Eagle at a glance
Coach: John Colosimo is in his 15th year as head coach at Juan Diego. The Judge Memorial graduate owns a 140-30 record at Juan Diego and a 186-105 record in his 27 years as a high school head coach.
(2 returning starters)
The team will likely be led by head coach John Colosimo’s son, Gabe, who played wide receiver for the varsity squad last season. He did play quarterback for the junior varsity team, so he has plenty of experience under center. One of the two returning offensive starters is center Andrew Markosian. He will have to play both offense and defense, and the team will rely on both his physical skill and his emotional leadership. Carter Campbell will likely be the team’s starting running back.
“He’s had to sit behind two very good backs over the last two years, but this could be a breakout year for him,” Colosimo said of the senior. The team’s other returning offensive player is lineman Adam Murry.
“He’s a physical player with good feet and a good motor,” Colosimo said of the senior.
(3 returning starters)
Markosian will lead the defensive line, a responsibility Colosimo said he’s worked very hard to live up to the team’s expectations. Campbell will also play linebacker, while Murry will play defensive line, as well. Kenzy Sanchez will return as cornerback for the team, while also playing in the backfield for the Soaring Eagle.
Coaches preseason 3AA North straw poll: First
Deseret News 3AA North prediction: First
Because the Soaring Eagle lost so much experience, this year’s team will not have the depth that they’ve enjoyed in the past.
While the team’s offensive and defensive lines should be reliable, the team’s skill players are mostly untested. The defense has the potential to be one of the best in the classification, especially the line.
Juan Diego will contend for region title and it should be a factor in the playoffs.
Felts Facts for Juan Diego High School
All-time record: 140-30 (14 years)
Region championships: 10 (2003, 2004, 2005 co, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Playoff appearances: 13
All-time playoff record: 27-8
State championships: 5 (2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
State championship record: 5-1
Most played rivalry: 14 meetings with Judge Memorial dating back to 2001. Last met in 2012
Felt’s Factoid(s): JD has the best all-time winning percentage in the state at .823. It’s also one of six teams in state history to have a 14-0 record (2008).
Juan Diego coaching history
2000-current — John Colosimo (140-30)
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2010 — Taylor Cassita, LB
2008 — Jamie Markosian, RB/DT
2004 — Marquis Wilson, WR
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2013 — Cole Nelson, QB
2013 — Semisi Bloomfield, DL
2013 — Harry Jones, LB
2013 — Andrew Montoya, K
2012 — Zach Schekel, OL
2012 — Dakota Cox, LB
2012 — Walter Kauhaahaa, LB
2011 — Jared McCauley, OL
2011 — Ryan McCauley, DL
2011 — Dakota Cox, LB
2010 — Oliver Weight, DB
2010 — Eric Heinz, TE
2010 — Jalin Ames, OL
2009 — Cody Stevenson, QB
2009 — Christian Ika, OL/DL
2009 — Tana Vea, RB/DB
2009 — Keegan Andersen, WR/DB
2009 — Frank Sutera, DB
2009 — Junior Latu, DL
2009 — Trevor McFalls, TE/DL
2008 — Brian May, QB
2008 — Tyler Morales, RB
2008 — Tyler Bauman, TE
2008 — Jacob Doughty, LB
2007 — Vince Romero, LB
2006 — Tom Schweiger, DL
2006 — Mychal Robinson, DB
2004 — Zack Horrocks, RB
2004 — Trevor Wright, DL
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2004 — Brian Bauman, LB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.