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Prep football preview: Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks
First Published Aug 06 2014 10:56 am • Last Updated Aug 19 2014 09:16 am

EDITOR’S NOTE » This is one in a series of previews of Utah’s high school football programs. They will run throughout the summer leading up to the 2014 regular season, which begins Aug. 21.

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Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks

There’s something about stepping onto the turf at Diamond Ranch that gets Robbie Dias’ players ready to compete. The yellow-and-black diamondback markings are as unique as the students at the 1A school outside Hurricane. And nobody at Diamond Ranch is as unique as quarterback Noah Courtney.

A 6-foot-7 wide receiver and pitcher has made the transition to playing under center, and Dias believes Courtney’s physical and mental domination will be a game-changer in 1A.

"He’s a gamer — hard-nosed, tough, and can stay in the pocket even when it is collapsing around him," Dias said. "He’s got a huge arm and knows how to make a good decision."

If Courtney has to run, Dias warned that he runs a 4.6-second 40 and can drive through defensive backs.

Strong safety Trevor Alverez will anchor the defense. Described as pugnacious, Alverez led the team in tackles last year.

"Just tough — real tough and mean," Dias said. "Trevor is definitely ready for the challenge. He hits really hard."

Brothers Steve and Luke Hoffman will help in the corner spots. Both 6-foot-4, the Hoffman brothers will contribute with taking away the pass from opponents.

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"I believe we have a really hungry group. This is a group that loves football and are very passionate about it," Dias said. "We might have fallen short in the past, but we’re ready to get over that hump."

Last season » 6-6 (lost to Duchesne in semifinals)

Key returner » Strong safety Trevor Alverez will lead the Diamondbacks on the defensive side. Tough and physical, expect the senior to lead the team in tackles.

Player to watch » Quarterback Noah Courtney is a 6-foot-7 beast in the pocket. He boasts good decision-making and can air the ball out. He also has excellent speed when he needs to run.

Biggest hole » Confidence. Coach Robbie Dias is working to convince the players they are as good as he believes they are.

Need to know » The Diamondbacks have the Monticello game circled. Regional rivals, the bad blood between the schools will make for a good game Oct. 10.

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