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Published: Saturday, Aug. 13 2011 8:30 p.m. MDT

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Mike Terry, Deseret News
Highland fullback Sione Houma made big news last month when he verbally committed to the University of Michigan.
Already a marked man as the most dangerous weapon for the defending 4A champs, Houma will be the focus of even more defensive game plans this season because of his Michigan decision. How he handles the pressure — and most notably his ability to protect the football — will ultimately determine Highland’s fate.
Early last season, Houma struggled with putting the ball on the turf, and was too unreliable for the coaching staff to trust him with many carries. Nine games into the season, he’d rushed for just 191 yards.
Despite the lack of playing time, Houma worked hard in practice to cure his fumbling woes, and Highland’s season turned around for good once he became a permanent fixture in the backfield. He rushed for 873 yards and six touchdowns in the final five games of the season
If he duplicates that production from Week 1 in 2011, watch out.
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after watching the Alta Black and White game on Saturday it's a major stretch to put them on par with last year's Bingham team. Perhaps the play calling was designed not to show any of the team's strengths, but their D-1 tight end only had one ball thrown to him and was wide open on several occasions? Either the qb doesn't know what he's doing or they didn't want to show Richards off.

South Jordan, UT

I watched the Bingham's Blue and White game on Friday and the defense is definitely their strong point. The first offense struggled to move the ball on their first defense. I know they had a couple of RB's sitting out with some pulled hamstrings I believe. Lail made a couple of nice throws and their WR's made a couple of nice catches. But I did see him miss a couple of quick slants that were either high or behind the receivers. I'm sure their O will get better in sync, but their Defense right now is definitely their strong suit so far.

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