ST. GEORGE What Snow Canyon lacks in experience with only three returning starters, coach Rick Secrist is confident his team will make up for with other intangibles.
First and foremost is the style of play.
"Our system both offensively, defensively and special teams will allow us to be competitive no matter what our talent level is," Secrist said. "We have great kids who have a great work ETHIC and who are buying into what we're teaching."
A lot of those lessons were learned at 7-on-7 camps this summer. Snow Canyon attended camps at BYU, Utah, UNLV and Snow College this summer, something Secrist said the school had never done before.
"Even though 7 on 7 is totally different than the real thing, it allowed these guys to compete against some good teams. You can't measure how you're season's going to go on that, but the point is it gave these kids some good experience," Secrist said.
The team has also worked hard in the weight room since failing to qualify for the playoffs last year. As a result, Secrist said the team is bigger, faster and stronger heading into the 2008 season.
None of that can replace experience at the varsity football level, though, something that will take time to develop.
"A lot of these kids haven't played a whole lot of varsity football, so it will be interesting," Secrist said.
The three players with varsity experience are Adam Timo, Andrew Johnston and Jordan Chapman.
Timo rushed for 1,276 yards as a junior last year, but this year he'll be asked switch to quarterback. Secrist said Timo's situation reminds him of former University of Utah player Eric Weddle during his senior season at Alta Loma High School in California.
Weddle was one of just a handful of returning starters on that high school team, and he started at quarterback like Timo.
"He knows for the first time in his high school career he's the man. With 19 seniors last year, he could kind of hide behind those guys, but this year he's going to have a big X on his back. I think that's made him more determined," Secrist said.
The only other returning starter on offense is Andrew Johnson, who averaged 12 yards per catch at receiver last season. This time around, he'll also play safety.Defensively, the only returning starter is Jordan Chapman who had 24 tackles at defensive end last year.
Snow Canyon 2008 prep football preview
COACH: Rick Secrist, a coaching veteran in California, is in his second season at the helm of the Snow Canyon program.
KEY PLAYERS: It starts with Adam Timo, who's verbally committed to BYU. Out of necessity this year, he's shifting from running back to quarterback. Snow Canyon's secondary figures to be pretty good this year with safeties Tyler Brooks and Andrew Johnston, along with corner backs Nate Mitchell and Chris Christiansen. Johnston and Chase Frei will be solid receiving threats for Timo to throw to.
QUESTION MARKS: With 19 new starters, virtually every position is a question mark this season. With five new starters on the offensive line, quarterback Adam Timo might be doing a lot of undesigned scrambling.
LAST YEAR: 5-4, missed the playoffs.
PREDICTED REGION 9 (4A) FINISH: Third.
POSTSEASON POSSIBILITIES: Pine View is a virtual lock to win Region 9 this year, leaving one playoff spot for either Dixie or Snow Canyon. Those two teams meet up at Snow Canyon on Oct. 24, which figures to be a thrilling game.
Aug. 22 at East, 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 at Orem, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 LAS VEGAS, NEV., 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Timpanogos, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Cedar, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 HURRICANE, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 Bye
Oct. 17 at Pine View, 7 p.m.Oct. 24 DIXIE, 7 p.m.