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.
Canyon View Falcons
Having a whole bunch of returning starters is generally a very good thing for football teams. But it begs the question of how good when those starters are from a 1-9 squad.
But Canyon View coach Robby Robinson thinks that the return of 18 regulars from last year’s Falcons will indeed be a positive.
"We think it’ll be like night and day," Robinson said. "Midseason, we upset Delta and then started playing well for the rest of the season."
These Falcons aren’t planning to fly very much. Instead, it’s the ground game, in an old-fashioned wishbone scheme, that Canyon View will be using offensively.
And most of last year’s components in the three-pronged running game is back, although the Falcons will have a new quarterback orchestrating the attack.
Junior Mike Musto will step into the signal-caller role for 2014, and he’ll have a 1,200-yard rusher in senior Braxton Higgins returning. Higgins’ younger brother Peyton (5-foot-8, 155 pounds) also started a year ago, as did returning fullback Tevan Vasi (Sr., 5-11, 215).
In its nine losses, Canyon View gave up an average of 43.8 points per game. The strength of the Falcons’ returning defensive starters is at safety, where senior Ty Hollerman (6-2, 190) will patrol along with sophomore Isaiah Shearer (6-1, 175).
And Canyon View also has Class 3A’s leading tackler from ’13 back in Austin Evans. Now a senior, Evans (5-10, 170) racked up 116 tackles a year ago and might get to that level again.
"We protect him — lock up everybody else and let him run free," Robinson said.
Last year » 1-9 overall (1-4 in 3A South)
Key returner » Braxton Higgins, RB (Sr., 5-10, 200)
Player to watch » Mike Musto, QB (Jr., 6-1, 205)
Biggest hole » The defensive line for the Falcons is relatively raw, compared to the experience coming back at linebacker and in the defensive backfield.
Need to know » The Falcons have around 20 more players listed on the roster than a year ago, so depth may be on the team’s side this time around.
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