Prep football preview: Dixie Flyers
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.
The Dixie Flyers just graduated a senior class that had a lot of experience and a lot of success. The 2014 squad may be short on starting experience, but that is through no fault of their own they were just stuck behind really good upperclassmen.
Like any of the smaller schools, depth is an issue, so injuries must be avoided. However, because a winning foundation has been set, what those coming up through the program lack in experience, they make up for with a winning mindset.
The Flyers recently competed in 7-on-7s as well as a camp at Southern Utah, so according to coach Blaine Moncres, they have seen first-hand the level of competition they will be up against.
"They know now what it takes," he said. "They're working hard to be strong, physical, and mentally tough enough to play at the varsity level."
With some key returners back on offense, the most pressing need to take care of will be on the defense.
"Our defense is going to have to come along quick," Moncres said. "We lost a lot of starters there. We've got some guys returning in the secondary that are good players, that played for us last year, but we lost all seven up front. So we're going to have to fill those shoes."
Despite their lack of starting experience, the senior-laden Flyers are ready to show that they have waited their turn and learned from some of the best. "I think they're kind of excited and looking forward to showing people what they can do," Moncres said.
Last year • 9-3
Key returner • Returning starting quarterback, Ammon Takau, has had a promising summer as he looks to build off a solid junior season.
Player to watch • Four-year starter Jaxon Davis is not a big kid, but he gets the job done and is a stabilizing force on the offensive line.
Biggest hole • Dixie has a big void on defense, with last year's entire front seven gone. Former middle linebacker Taylor Strehlow perhaps will be missed most.
Need to know • The Flyers return a senior-laden team that does not have a lot of starting experience. However, they are not short on talent.