Prep football two-a-days: Bonneville
The only constant has been change at Bonneville High.
For the Lakers' seniors, this football season will be the fourth time in four years they have played under a new coach.
Jantz Afuvai, a longtime assistant at programs including Ben Lomond, Ogden and Weber, hopes that won't be what this class is known for.
"When I met with the team, I made a commitment that I wanted to leave them with something they could remember instead of being the team with a new coach every year," he said.
Afuvai says he already has seen his players and the Bonneville community buy in. Despite facing a tough region schedule, the new coach believes his program has the ability to make its mark.
"We're promising stability and consistency and trust, and all those power words that will hopefully make this a great football team," he said. "It's not just a high school project. South Ogden, Washington Terrace and Riverdale are slowly becoming interested again in Bonneville football. The little league and junior highs are excited to see these guys play on Fridays."
Afuvai has 12 seniors he's leaning on this year as the Lakers eye the playoffs.
Kysen Hall, who saw some varsity action as a junior quarterback, will be handed the Laker playbook. Jordan Howe and Mitch Russo will split time at running back.
And Cole Combe will anchor the offensive line at center.
On defense, Afuvai is looking for leadership from linebackers Drake Dalton and Ammon Eberhard.
Afuvai also praised the strength of his sophomore and junior classes, groups of youngsters he's looking forward to coaching for years to come.
ASSIGNMENT • Region 5
LAST YEAR • 3-7 overall, 0-5 Region 5
KEY RETURNER • Kysen Hall, sr., QB. He saw limited action as a junior passer, attempting just 27 passes on the year. Now a senior, Hall looks to take control of the offense.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Alex Croyle, jr. Coach Afuvai expects to use him in a variety of positions on offense.
NEED TO KNOW • Afuvai is Bonneville's fourth coach in the last four years, and he hopes to bring the consistency the Lakers have lacked.