Robert Langston is trying to build the Milford football program and get it back to respectability. He is in his second year after a 10-year hiatus from coaching. Last year the Tigers won only one game and finished the season with just 14 players.
This year Langston counts 32 kids in the program. "We'll be able to scrimmage now," he said, "It's pretty hard to go 11 on 3."
One reason for the upsurge in numbers is the return of Cade Boyter, star basketball player who started at quarterback as a sophomore but didn't play last year. He will return at wide receiver and with a 6-foot-4 stature. Langston says, "We will be throwing to him a lot. I guarantee ya' "
Langston attributes several kids coming out to the presence of Boyter. "He will be one of our leaders," said the coach. "He is not arrogant, he is not a show-off, he doesn't talk trash. He is just a good kid."
And Langston is excited about the return of fiery quarterback, Jacob Hyde. Said Langston, "He can't stand to lose. It's not in his blood."
He is actually returning from playing in Idaho for two years. He played in the Milford junior leagues as an eighth grader and now returns as a junior to lead this team. "He is tough running the football," said Langston.
Milford's offense looks to feature a little bit of everything. Langston was somewhat vague when he said, "We'll spread a little and we'll run some option."
At tailback, Nate Pectol led the Tigers in rushing last year as a sophomore and Langston says about him: "He is going to be a stud."
He puts up pretty good numbers on the Tiger's track team according to Langston.
Adam Pearson is one of only five seniors on the team. His forte is defense as an outside linebacker. "He doesn't miss tackles," said Langston.
The Tigers will field a JV team this year for the first time in three years. Langston said he took the job last year because they were going to shut down the football program and he really likes the kids. "They were just about ready to drop football," he said, "So I told them I would do it."
Milford is young again this year but Langston is undaunted.
Milford Tigers prep football preview
COACH: About 10 years ago, Langston coached Milford to an 8-3 record. Why did he leave? "I got fired," he said, "And that was in 2A when we played all the big schools." He has been teaching there since that time.
KEY PLAYERS: Watch Cade Boyter to see what kind of impact he will have on the team. Langston says he can kick 30-40 yard field goals and he kicks off into the end zone every time. Jacob Hyde should make a big difference at quarterback. Can Nate Pectol break loose with his speed?
QUESTION MARK: Langston is a little concerned about youth and experience. Size could be a problem too. His line will only average 180 pounds.
LAST YEAR: 1-8, missed the playoffs
PREDICTED 1A SOUTH FINISH: Fifth.
POSTSEASON POSSIBILITIES: Look for this team to make the playoffs. However, the Tigers are still too young to go very far.
Aug 22 LAYTON CHRISTIAN, 5 p.m.
Aug 29 WHITE PINE, NEV., 7 p.m.
Sept 5 at Beaver, 7 p.m.
Sept 12 at Lincoln Co. Nev, 8 p.m.
Sept 19 PAROWAN, 7 p.m.
Sept 26 ALTAMONT, 7 p.m.
Oct 3 ENTERPRISE, 7 p.m.
Oct 10 KANAB, 7 p.m.
Oct 17 at Layton Christian, 4 p.m.
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