Based on tradition and recent success, the talk around Class 3A centers on teams like Morgan, Manti and Juab.
But Richfield may have positioned itself to be the surprise team in 3A this season.
The Wildcats are coming off a 6-5 season where they finished 5-2 in region play and qualified for the playoffs. But they fell to South Summit in the state quarterfinals.
The playoff experience the team gained last year coupled with the number of players returning should make Richfield a dangerous team.
The Wildcats are stacked with eight returning starters on offense and seven on defense. The offense should be potent with the return of running back Brody Ellis along with Morgan Torgersen.
Quarterback Spencer Henderson threw for more than 900 yards last season. He's back, along with all-state tight end Shay Morrison. Add Bennett Thomas, a returning starter at wide receiver, to the mix, and the Wildcats shouldn't have too much trouble scoring points.
On defense, Richfield will count on Ellis at linebacker and both Morrison and Curtis on the defensive line. Morrison calls Ryley Cunningham one of the better defensive backs in the region.
"We have a good mix on both offense and defense," said Corey Morrison, who is in his sixth year as coach. "We have everyone back in the skill areas, so we should be able to score some points. I think our defense will be solid and good enough to keep us in games."
ASSIGNMENT • Class 3A South
LAST YEAR • 6-5 overall, 5-2 2A South
KEY RETURNER • Brody Ellis, sr., RB/LB, could lead the team in rushing and tackles this season.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Brian Curtis, sr., is 6-3 and 250 pounds. He will be the anchor on the offensive and defensive lines.
BIGGEST HOLE • The offensive line took a big hit. Richfield will need to find enough talent to surround Curtis to keep the offense clicking.
NEED TO KNOW • Even though Richfield has most of its team returning from last season, the biggest concern coach Morrison has is getting this team to jell.