We just bounce back, you do what you do and you work hard. —Judge head coach James Cordova
Note: Judge Memorial finished with a 0-10 overall record in 2016 and last in 3AA North with a 0-7 record. It did not qualify for the 3AA playoffs.
SALT LAKE CITY — Last season, playing in 3AA North, Judge Memorial football went winless, losing all 10 of its games in 2016, finishing with a losing record for the second straight season.
This year, thanks to UHSAA region realignment, the Bulldogs will play in 3A North. Instead of playing teams like Woods Cross and Stansbury, Judge will be playing Carbon and Emery.
“It’ll help us. We’re a small school and last year we had 46 football players, this year we’ll probably be around that again, and it’s really hard for us to compete with those schools that were a lot bigger than us,” Judge head coach James Cordova said of the realignment.
Even with an easier schedule, it’s hard to shake off a winless season, but Judge is ready to do just that.
“We just bounce back, you do what you do and you work hard. I think that we were pretty realistic in the fact that we were outnumbered, outmatched,” Cordova said. “We played great games for the first half of every game, but all our kids were going both ways. We were in most every game.”
The Bulldogs will return five starters on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ball, including quarterback/linebacker Parker Edgington and running back/safety Kayden Milburn, two key parts in Judge’s pursuit of a 3A title.
Judge Memorial Bulldogs at a glance
Coach: James Cordova is entering his 14th year as head coach of the Judge Bulldogs. Cordova has compiled a 78-69 record over his previous 13 years at the helm of the Bulldogs. Cordova is an alum of Judge High School and Humboldt State University.
Judge Memorial Offensive Snapshot
Offensive coordinator: James Cordova
2016 offensive production: 8.8 ppg (14th in 3AA)
-- 5 returning starters
-- Flex option offense
Key offensive returning starters
-- Parker Edgington (QB)
In 2016, Edgington split quarterback duties with Jack Boomer. Edgington threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns last year, completing 36 of his 79 pass attempts. Edgington did throw four interceptions in his junior campaign.
-- Kayden Milburn (RB)
With five of Judge’s six top rushers graduated, Milburn, who had 12 carries for 22 yards in 2016, will have his production ramped up in 2017.
Returning offensive starters
Parker Edgington (QB)
Johan Hester (TE)
Tanne Jones (T)
Casey Randazzo (C)
Kayden Milburn (RB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
Zach Thomas (FB)
Cordova’s comments on Parker Edgington:
“He’s a beast. He’s a big strong kid, 6’ 2”, 205 pounds, he’s athletic, he’s strong, he did a good job at the end of last season, but he was about 180 pounds last year. 25 pounds is a big growth spurt. He can throw the ball, he runs the ball well, and he’s a great leader."
Cordova’s comments on Kayden Milburn:
“Lightning. He is just so fast. He makes such a difference just by being able to exploit people in the open field, so his speed is huge for us this year."
Keys for Offensive Success in 2017:
We’ve got to get first downs, we did a poor job last year. We tried to throw the ball a lot last year, it didn’t work for us very well. We have not given up on the pass, Parker Edgington throws the ball really well, but we’re going to get back to grinding the ball out on offense.”
Judge Memorial Defensive Snapshot
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Murray
2016 defensive production: 37.5 ppg (14th in 3AA)
5 returning starters
Key defensive returning starters
-- Kayden Milburn (S)
Milburn is the only returning defensive starter that tallied 30 or more tackles in 2016. Milburn will have to step up production further in 2017, being one of the most talented players that the Bulldogs have on the defensive side of the ball.
-- Parker Edgington (LB)
After Milburn, Edgington was the returning starter that tallied the most tackles last season, with 17 on the year.
Cordova’s comments on Parker Edgington:
“He’ll play linebacker, which is mostly where the recruiting has happened for him. He’s such a good athlete as a linebacker and he’s such a good kid."
Cordova’s comments on Kayden Milburn:
“We play him a lot at free safety, with his speed he can range sideline-to-sideline pretty well, and that makes a big difference."
Keys for Defensive Success in 2017:
“We were actually pretty good on defense last year, our problem was not getting enough first downs, so the other team got so many more opportunities to play offense against that defense,” Cordova said. “We had three All-State defensive football players last year, so we have a pretty solid defense, we just gave people too many opportunities.”
Coaches preseason 3A North straw poll: Second
Deseret News 3A prediction: Second
Key Region Game: at Juan Diego, Aug. 25 (Week 2)
Bottom line: By getting moved down a classification, Judge goes from 3AA bottom-dweller to instant contender. The duo of Parker Edgington and Kayden Milburn, both seniors, will be key in Judge’s quest for a 3A title. The Bulldogs will have to have success running the ball, as they go back to a run-heavy offense. On defense, talent returns, but the offense has to give the D more time to rest and recover during games.
Aug. 18 — at Ogden, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 — at Juan Diego, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 — SUMMIT ACADEMY, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 — NORTH SANPETE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 — at Emery, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 — at Union, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 — at Grantsville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 — CARBON, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 — BYE
Felt's Facts for Judge Memorial High School
All-time record: 448-363-9 (90 years)
Region championships: 18 (1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 co, 1972, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993 co, 2008, 2013, 2014)
Playoff appearances: 43
Current playoff appearance streak: 0
All-time playoff record: 56-32
State championships: 10 (1948, 1949, 1959, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 2013, 2014)
State championship record: 11-5
Most played rivalry: 53 meetings with Wasatch dating back to 1926. Wasatch leads 27-25-1. Last met in 2012.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Judge holds the single-game pass interception record (tied with Bonneville) of nine, set in 1981 against Murray. ... Bulldog Mike Chambers returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in a 1967 game (also against Murray) to set a single-game state record. ... JM rushed for 536 yards, a championship-game record, in the 2014 Class 3A title game.
2016 — 0-10 (0-7 in 3AA North – Did not qualify)
2015 — 3-8 (2-4 in 3AA North – 3A First round)
2014 — 12-1 (5-0 in 3A North – 3A Champions)
2013 — 11-2 (5-0 in 3A North – 3A Champions)
2012 — 5-6 (3-2 in Region 10 – 3A First round)
Judge Memorial coaching history
2004-current — James Cordova (78-69)
2003 — Dave Livingston (3-8)
1997-2002 — Tim Clark (14-42)
1985-1996 — John Colosimo (50-81)
1978-1984 — Frank L'Etoile (60-19)
1966-1977 — Gil Cordova (93-39-1)
1955-1965 — Frank Klekas (72-23-1)
1952-1954 — George Melinkovich (15-8)
1949-1951 — Tom Mares (12-7-1)
1946-1948 — Bill Moran (11-8-1)
1943-1945 — unknown (10-9)
1942 — Paul Patten (2-5)
1941 — Wally Morse (0-4)
1938-1940 — unknown (0-11)
1936-1937 — Ken Larson (5-5-1)
1932-1935 — unknown (2-4)
1931 — Mr. Decker (0-5)
1929-1930 — Ben Lingenfelter (1-9-1)
1928 — Ralph Bodine (3-4-1)
1924-1927 — unknown (7-9-2)
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2014 — Max Barnett, RB
2013 — Kaden Elliss, QB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2015 — Maisen Knight, OL
2014 — Ricke Maka, OL
2014 — Jacob Cline, OL
2014 — Braden Pelly, DL
2014 — Nathan Higley, LB
2013 — Ethan Driffill, OL
2013 — Chase Radcliffe, DL
2013 — Max Barnett, LB
2013 — Sean McMinimee, DB
2013 — Andrew Matthews, K
2010 — Ben Cook, DL
2010 — Daniel Shiramizu, SP
2008 — A.J. Carman, DL
2008 — Keenyn Walker, SP
2007 — Tyson Moll, LB
2007 — Keenyn Walker, DB
2007 — Lewis Walker, SP
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.