High School Sports
Statewide Rankings – Aug. 18, 2014
|1||Bingham||0-0||The defending 5A state champions return six defensive starters and two offensive starters as it begins the year ranked No. 1 in Utah for the fifth straight year. It went on to win the state title two of the previous four years.|
|2||Timpview||0-0||The T-Birds were an offensive machine last season averaging 40.9 points en route to the 4A state championship. With QB Britain Covey back, expectations are again sky high.|
|3||Brighton||0-0||The Bengals lost numerous key starters from last year’s runner-up team, but senior Osa Masina is back and the highly-prized recruit is poised for a big year.|
|4||Jordan||0-0||Jordan averaged 37.8 ppg last year but allowed a staggering 34.1 ppg. With seven offensive starters back — including senior Austin Kafentzis — and six defensive starters, the ‘Diggers should be better on both sides of the ball in 2014.|
|5||East||0-0||Despite graduating Mr. Football and five first team all-staters, the Leopards have no shortage of talent again led by Christian Folau and Lorenzo Manu, both first-teamers as well.|
|6||Herriman||0-0||The Mustangs are a very talented team and could be poised for a breakout season with three returning starters on the offensive line, including top recruit Andre James.|
|7||Davis||0-0||For the first time since the 2000 season, Ryan Bishop won’t be patrolling the sidelines for the Darts as he recently took a job with the UHSAA. Assistant coach Tyler Gladwell will take over on an interim basis this year.|
|8||Lone Peak||0-0||Incredibly, every starter but one last season was a senior, but the Knights have a knack for reloading and competing for a region title regardless.|
|9||Pleasant Grove||0-0||Eight of Pleasant Grove’s nine returning starters are juniors this season and coach Les Hamilton expects big things from his defense in particular with a year of experience with the 3-3-5 system.|
|10||Logan||0-0||A strong receiving core returns for the Grizzlies who should have a chip on their shoulder with the way last season came to a close.|
|11||Woods Cross||0-0||Returns nine defensive starters from last year’s Region 6 runner-up team, including star linebacker Deion Saumalu. If the offense can hold its own, the Wildcats should compete for the region title.|
|12||Riverton||0-0||Running back Cameron Christensen came 13 yards short of rushing for 1,000 yards last season, and this year the ‘Wolves are counting on Christensen and a strong defensive front to keep them competitive in Region 4.|
|13||American Fork||0-0||The odd team out in Region 4 last year, the Cavemen return a strong nucleus of players who should keep them in the playoff hunt all season.|
|14||Syracuse||0-0||The Titans only return a handful of starters, but one of them is senior Kole Tracy. If he can stay healthy his leadership and experience should help throughout the Region 1 grind.|
|15||Corner Canyon||0-0||The potential is there for this team to be really, really good with 10 starters returning on both sides of the ball, but there’s lot of work ahead as evidence by last year’s 49-point loss to East in playoffs.|
|16||Roy||0-0||Fred Fernandes always knew it was going to take time to turn his alma mater into a winner, but this could be the year it finally happens with seven starters back on offensive and eight on defense.|
|17||Highland||0-0||The Rams bowed out of the playoffs in the first round last year, but six returning starters on defense gives them hope of a deeper playoff run this year.|
|18||Olympus||0-0||Last year’s team was very senior heavy, but Olympus has been a program on the rise since Aaron Whitehead took over and the newcomers hope to keep that trend going.|
|19||Bountiful||0-0||Coming off a rare losing season and a first-round exit, the Braves hope to work themselves back into the 4A conversation with a strong offensive line returning along with running back Houston Heimuli.|
|20||Desert Hills||0-0||Dominated defensively down the stretch last year to capture its first state championship in school history, and with Bridger Cowdin and Boogie Sewell both back the Thunder are again the team to beat in 3AA.|
|21||Alta||0-0||Not a lot of experience returns this year for Alta, which took some lumps last season in the first year of the Corner Canyon split.|
|22||Pine View||0-0||Recent BYU commit Kody Wilstead returns for his senior season, and like all of his teammates he’s hungry to make amends for coming up short in last year’s 3AA championship game.|
|23||Sky View||0-0||The Bobcats turned a lot of heads winning nine games last season in the difficult Region 5, and this year with a strong offensive line they hope to compete for the league title yet again.|
|24||Layton||0-0||With seven defensive returning starters, the Lancers are more than capable of making some noise in Region 1 where defense is always the top priority.|
|25||Northridge||0-0||Despite being one of the smallest 5A schools in the state, Northridge always finds a way to compete in Region 1 and with Dayan Lake leading the offense and defense that should again be the case.|
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