Prep football: Class 4A has a deep field of talent
It's reasonable to think East and Logan could be tangling again for a championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium, based on talent alone.
But the thing about Class 4A this year is that sizeable chunk of the field isn't all that far behind.
"I think from top to bottom, 4A is as good as its ever been," East coach Brandon Matich says. "There's a lot of great coaching, all those kids come from great communities. There's just an abundance of talent in 4A this year."
Look no further for this phenomenon than defending champ Logan. On defense, Chase Andersen and Jacoby Wildman pursue ballcarriers as well as anyone in the state. And quarterback Luke Falk might be the best passer no one's talking about.
The Leopards, fresh off a second-place finish, are undoubtedly hungry. East's triple-option always seems to reload at the skill positions, and eight starters return on a defense that was one of the state's biggest and fastest.
But pick your poison when it comes to the rest of the field. Do you want to face Herriman's grinding rushing attack? Highland's young crop of defenders? Woods Cross' Division I stars? A potential Mountain Crest resurgence? The tradition of Skyline, Bountiful or Timpview?
The only sure answer: there is no safe road in 4A.
"I make sure my guys understand this has nothing to do with last year," Logan coach Mike Favero says. "Last year won't help you win games. It's going to be tougher this year."