Robby Robinson has made a career of turning around high school football programs during his 37 years as a coach.
Call him Mr. Fix It.
Last year he took over Clayton High School (New Mexico), which had a combined 1-19 record in the two previous seasons, and he coached the team to a 7-5 record and a playoff spot .
Perhaps that's why Canyon View hired him to take over a program that was 1-9 last season.
"We're excited to change their mindset," Robinson said. "They are responding very well to what we're doing, and we had a very good team camp. I think we've stimulated some excitement in the program."
With little returning experience coupled with the task of installing a new offense and defense, this should be entertaining to watch.
Last year's passing offense has been sacked in favor of what Robinson calls a fast-break, no-huddle offense that will try to run a play every 14 seconds.
One of the few players returning with experience from last year is quarterback Koy Huxford, who should help smooth transition. Sophomore quarterback Michael Musto could spell Huxford and take some snaps.
Brooks Rigtrup and Brycen Bybee are returning offensive linemen who should provide the building blocks for a running game that could see as many as seven running backs carry the ball in a game.
The biggest challenge appears to be on defense. Opposing teams scored 40 or more points in eight of 11 games, and four teams scored 50 points or more last season.
Canyon View Falcons
ASSIGNMENT • Class 3A South
LAST YEAR • 1-9 overall, 0-6 Region 9
KEY RETURNER • Koy Huxford must adjust from a predominately passing system to more of an up-tempo run-oriented offense.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Michael Musto, so., QB. Should get his share of snaps.
BIGGEST HOLE • Team speed. Efforts are being made to improve team speed and put the right players in position to help the Falcons try to compensate.
NEED TO KNOW • Retooling the defense. The focus on the team's new 46 defense will be to stop the run