Prep football: Reloading programs have the advantage in Class 5A
Published: August 15, 2012 08:55AM
Updated: August 15, 2012 10:00AM
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Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Jordan Austin Kafentzis passes during first half play. He later broke his collarbone, and left the game. Jordan held a 20-17 halftime lead over Lone Peak in a 5A semifinal game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Friday, November 11, 2011.

In Class 5A, the standard always seems to be filling holes. For many programs around the state, they usually find themselves replacing as many guys as they bring back.

So rankings might not mean all that much for a handful of new groups — but that doesn’t mean coaches such as Bingham’s Dave Peck don’t enjoy the compliment.

“At this point it’s just respect for our program, which is a neat thing,” he says. “It’s our goal to be the best, so we just have to prove it one way or another.”

Of course, the teams that do bring back big contributors have a leg up, perhaps none more so than Jordan, with dual threat quarterback Austin Kafentzis and a big offensive line to protect him.

The Miners feel just as good about the guys they bring back, including Division I commits in the receiving corps, offensive line and front seven of its defense. Tonga Manu will take over at running back in their notoriously effective system.

In Region I, it’s a matter of who will survive in a dogfight between Fremont, Davis and Syracuse — maybe Northridge as well. Viewmont could come out of Region 2 again.

The biggest question mark is Cottonwood, thought to be the state’s most talent-heavy team. Time will tell if offseason drama and coaching changes will have an adverse affect.

“We kind of feel like the guys in 300: Not many in number, but strong,” coach Greg Croshaw says. “We’re going to try to continue the success here.”