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Prep football two-a-days: Wasatch

Published August 10, 2013 10:17 am

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The Wasatch football team is not looking back.

The Wasps will make the jump from Class 3A to 4A this season and only will play teams from their same class or bigger, even leaving behind annual clashes with 3A rival Park City.

"We're moving full speed ahead," coach Steve Coburn said. "It's a new experience at Wasatch, but we're excited about the opportunity and the challenge."

One thing that will be less of a challenge at Wasatch this year will be consistency. Last season, Coburn debuted as the fourth coach in the last four years at the school, but it looks like the Wasps have found the right man to lead the team after an 8-3 season.

The coach also brings with him some studs on the field in wide receiver Kayden Connor, running back Hunter Pela and linebacker Taggart Baxter.

The Wasps run a pro style offense from the pistol formation and still are undecided on a starting quarterback. Senior Zach Reiss and sophomore Garrett Davis are battling for the position.

Coburn's biggest concerns regard his offensive and defensive lines.

"We have no experience against this level, against this size of players up front," Coburn said. "We're trying to overcome that with hard work." —

Wasatch Wasps

ASSIGNMENT • Region 8

LAST YEAR • 8-3 overall, 4-1 Region 10

KEY RETURNER • Kayden Connor, sr., WR/DB. Connor caught 48 passes for 723 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. Running good routes for a new starting quarterback will be vitally important for him this season.

PLAYER TO WATCH • Anderson Davis, sr., TE/S. The senior has impressed his teammates and coaches in camp with how much he has developed since last season and figures to be an important playmaker on both sides of the ball.

BIGGEST HOLE • Inexperience against Class 4A competition. "We have a small margin for error," coach Coburn said. "We have to be very meticulous in doing little things right."

NEED TO KNOW • Coburn believes he has assembled a tremendous coaching staff that will help the Wasps make a smooth adjustment to a new class.