2013 high school football preview: Herriman Mustangs move on with new coach, quarterback

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  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 10:23 p.m.


    If in fact Riverton has as much rebuilding to do as Riverton, please tell me which 2 division 1 players Riverton has to replace. Herriman lost Lupeimanu(Idaho) and Bernard(BYU). That is the tip of the iceberg for key players that Herriman lost up to and including the positions of tigtend, fullback, center, receiver, o-line, d-line, linebacker and secondary.

    Riverton returns 3 of their 4 starting linebackers and 2 of 3 starting d-linemen. The rebuilding in the secondary is actually an upgrade. As for the offense, the line and running backs are the strength. 4 of the 5 lineman started on the soph team as freshmen. 2 of them saw varsity time as sophomores. As for running backs, they have never been as deep as they are this year and they will have a qb who started in all games last year. I believe they also have 4 or 5 Seniors who started as sophomores.

    I respect Herriman and believe they have some of the best coaches in the state, but coming back to 5A is not going to be as easy as the fans seem to think it will be.

  • slcftball Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Puuuullllleeeeeeeezzzzzzzzz. Beeno. Not another year of false optimism mingled with stretched facts.

    Last year was your chance. You don't have anywhere near the hardest schedule in the State. That was laughable.

    5th place is where H will be if they excel....

  • HHS Rugby Dad Herriman, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Herriman has a solid group comming up this year. The past 2 years our Sophomore team has not been beaten and has handled almost every team easily. They expect to win! There are no super stars, but the boys have played well together and I expect them to continue to as well. I am not predicting a State title, or a deep playoff run, but it is possible and I do expect a winning record. I also think they will knock off at least one of the big boys "Bingham, Lone Peak, Jordan, Riverton". I do look forward to welcoming Riverton back out to Herriman though. Riverton has just as much rebuilding as Herriman dose if in fact you classify this as a re-building year.

  • uthsfb1975 salt lake city , UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    Big Benzo I would have to completely disagree with you. This is not a rebuilding year for Herriman. They have more size than they ever have had they are a more well rounded team. I have been to every practice watching in the stands and the boys look ready they are fired up and the looks of it they have a chip on there shoulders. They also have one of the best coaching staffs in the state with new head coach Pearce, also jeff wilson, chris hathways, mike Humanick, Jim Freeland back is huge, randy K and the new Ex Riverton coach Darron beyerle. These coaches will have the kids prepared. Looking forward to the season.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 7:52 a.m.


    Although I like your optimism, I think you are being very optimistic to think that Herriman will beat a Riverton team that will have 4 3 year starters and replacing talent that left with better talent. Herriman is rebuilding, Riverton is not. The American Fork team that everybody seems to love this year was beat 49-27 last year by Riverton.

  • FB_Grandpa So Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    @golden helmet - I appreciate your comments about Coach Paul Putnam - a great man as well as a great coach. However, your comments are somewhat misguided regarding the Herriman offense. The younger Wilson was actually coaching and running this offense prior to Coach Putnam's involvement at Highland. This offense was created by Coach Wayne McQuivey and Coach Larry Wilson. Coach Putnam has been instrumental in helping refine it, along side younger Wilson as well as another great coach, Eric Drage. This has been a collaboration that spans 18 years. The younger Wilson knows every aspect of this offense as he has been involved with it from it's creation as well as it's refinement since day 1. Where the challenge is for this offense and losing Paul Putnam will be in the QB play. I don't think that there is a better QB coach in Utah high school football than Coach Put (and there are some great QB coaches in this state). He is equal to the best and better than most. I hope to see him back in football in the future (just not at your alma mater! Looking forward to Fri nights.

  • Sheamus Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    BigBenzo88 - correction on point #3. Herriman shared the region championship with two other teams

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    Good article and looking to get back in the flow of Herriman Mustang football. Some corrections: 1) Herriman was in 5A in 2010 and advanced to playoffs...so Herriman is not new to 5A. 2) Herriman is 1-1 in home playoff games. 3) Herriman won the Region 7 title last year.

    For all intents and purposes...I feel this has to be considered a rebuilding year for Herriman. The article says Herriman returns 5 starters on offense and 5 on defense...but I believe its only 3 on defense...but it might depend on how you look at it.

    Herriman has the toughest schedule in Utah this year and will be challenged most games. Look for wins against West Jordan, Highland, Westlake, Riverton and Lehi. The toss up games will be American Fork and Pleasant Grove which will have region playoff ranking implications. Games against Bingham, Lone Peak and Jordan will be difficult and I hope Herriman can be ahead, tied or close in the 4th quarter.

    I'm predicting a 6-4, 4-3 record with a #3 seed berth in the playoffs. 2013 will be a springboard year for State Championship runs in 2014 and 2015!!!

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Actually they are 1-1 in home playoff games, they won one at home over Springville in year 2

  • just sayin' Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Herriman's best shot was last year. Don't think they do much in this region or 5A. Lot's of hype from Mustang fans as always.

  • Golden Helmet Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 5:42 a.m.

    I think an often overlooked component to Herriman's success is assistant coach Paul Putnam. He has done well in mentoring the younger Wilson. Coach Pearce was fortunate that he didn't return to his alma mater, Skyline. If Pearce can effectively utilize Putnam's expertise, Herriman will have a chance to compete with what he calls the big boys. Otherwise, we can expect basically what we saw at Hunter. As for Skyline, we hope that we willget Putnam to home next year!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    I see Herriman in the fourth spot behind Lone Peak, PG and Riverton though I'm not sure on the order of those three. It should be a dogfight between them and AF for that final spot.

  • fball lover sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Felts facts is wrong. I think Herriman was beaten by East at home last year in the playoffs. They are 0-1 at home.

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    Herriman was a co region champion last year, so that number should be 1 instead of 0. Thanks for the article, excited to see this team get after people!