Cedar City lies far enough south in the state to be lumped in with the small schools yet close enough to booming St. George to have to compete with larger schools.

Consequently the Redmen's football team ended up in a jumbled region this year, consisting of three 3A schools and three 4A schools. The Redmen won their half of the 3A region and competed well in the other half, almost upsetting Pine View and finishing with an 8-4 overall record.

"We were a little disappointed," said Cedar coach Todd Peacock. "We thought we had a team that could win it all."

Cedar City knocked out North Sanpete 34-12 in the first round of the state playoffs then stumbled against Judge, losing 28-10.

"We just didn't play well in that game," Peacock said.

Looking forward to next year, Peacock said the region picture is not yet settled. A new high school is being created in St. George, which will draw students away from the established schools there, so the classifications are still not clear.

However the classification pie is divided, Peacock will show up with a team. He is a 21-year veteran of the football wars, and he assembles his team around a foundation of senior players who figure to be competitive.

"I always play mostly seniors," he said.

Among the seniors Peacock loses are Logan Obering, Dylan Fox and Spencer Montgomery. Obering was a three-year starter at quarterback, garnering region MVP honors last year. Fox averaged10 tackles per game from his middle linebacker position. Montgomery was an outstanding center and defensive tackle.

There was a sprinkling of underclassmen who will return with experience. Trent Grover is a two-way starter, playing fullback on the offense. On defense he played everywhere from nose guard to safety. Ryan Decker played a solid defensive end. Peacock thinks he can play on both sides of the ball next year adding the tight end position as well.

Casey Christensen manned the free safety position this year and looks to play at wide receiver also for next year.

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