Prep football two-a-days: Juab
Football in November.
Plan on it.
Peanut butter and jelly, Juab and the playoffs. Some things just go together.
But after flying high to start the season last year, the Wasps had their playoff wings clipped after going 1-4 in region play and missing out on the playoffs for the first time during coach Mike Bowring's nine years at Juab.
A change in the Class 3A classification has Juab confident it can return to playoff form this season.
"I don't really know what to expect," Bowring said. "We have a lot of holes to fill. We're really excited about competing in the new classification. It will be a breath of fresh air for us."
Juab returns four starters on offense, and three of those are on the offensive line. Nick Wohlforth, Jake Hatfield and Riley Owens all return to bring some continuity to the offense. Jeff Rowley returns at quarterback, but he may not have the job. He is in a quarterback battle with Nick Robins. Bowring said both players will end up playing, but where they fit will be determined by who wins the job.
Whoever wins the job should have a good running game to fall back on. Dalton Harmon returns at fullback. The Wasps have two good options at slot back. Dedric Davidson likely will share the workload with Kayden Whiting, who has emerged as one of the players who could have a breakout season.
Juab's defense will have to get up to speed quickly if the Wasps are to contend. Davidson is the only full-time returning starter back from last year as the defense takes on a new look.
Chance Carlton and Brandon Morgan both rotated in at defensive end last year. They will join Davidson in the secondary this season.
ASSIGNMENT • Class 3A South
LAST YEAR • 5-5 overall, 1-4 Region 12
KEY RETURNER • Dalton Harmon is a big fullback who will do double duty at linebacker and should be a key to Juab's success.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Kayden Whiting could emerge as one of the most effective offensive weapons as the Wasps slip him into the slot.
BIGGEST HOLE • Depth. Coach Bowring says the No. 1 goal for the team is to stay healthy. Injuries to a few key players could take this team out of contention.
NEED TO KNOW • The focus during the offseason and in camp has been to correct this team's inability to run between the tackles.