Prep football preview: Kanab Cowboys
EDITOR’S NOTE » This is one in a series of previews of Utah’s high school football programs. They will run throughout the summer leading up to the 2014 regular season, which begins Aug. 21.
Bucky Orton has enviable problems in Lane Anderson and Monty Glover.
The two sophomore quarterbacks will split time under center throughout Kanab’s upcoming season. Glover is a traditional pass-and-run quarterback while Anderson is a wiry runner that can make big plays in open field. Orton is excited about finding the best way to use them and having a good future with them.
"They’re both fierce competitors," Orton said. "I like having my best athletes in that position to give us the best opportunities."
The Cowboys will be a young team with nose guard Jace Little taking charge. Orton describes senior Little as a "motor" that has taken the underclassmen under his wing.
"Real blue-collar player and a great leader," Orton said. "We’re happy as heck to have him teach the kids how to play the right way. He’s a kid that knows simply how to lead."
Along with Little, Orton is expecting Alex and Aaron Foster to help cement the defense. The leading team tacklers last year, the Foster Brothers are expected to anchor the defense as they try to advance past the semifinals this season. With most players at the school three-sport athletes, Orton said his team is coming into weight camp in great shape ready to compete.
"We’re a young team, but I am excited about our commitment and energy," Orton said. "We’re working to make sure we play our best ball. We’ll take our lumps this year, but we’ll be in every game."
Last season » 6-6 (lost in 1A semifinals)
Key returner » Nose guard Jace Little will be anchoring the young defense with both his power at the line and leadership of the young defense.
Players to watch » QBs Lane Anderson and Monty Glover will split time. Kanab’s best athletes, Anderson will be used in read-option situations, while Glover can get it done with both his legs and arm.
Biggest hole » Youth. With only five seniors, Kanab’s roster is mostly sophomores, meaning they’ll be leaning hard on Little.
Need to know » After losing 18-13 to Rich in the semifinals last season, the Cowboys will have the Oct. 3 rematch on the road circled on their calendars.