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.
Monticello takes pride in playing both ways.
The Buckaroos consider themselves tougher than other programs, with a slew of replacement players on the sidelines. Makade Maloy, Cole Eldridge and Braydon Musselman are the core three for Monticello, and they have no problem lining up on either side of the ball.
"There is an ego in knowing that they are tougher than other teams in having to ply each way," coach Art Adair said. "My only concern is them not having enough in the tank to finish off games."
Maloy is returning under center as quarterback. Described as having great focus and drive, Adair thinks the difference with Maloy isn’t just his toughness, but his football IQ.
"Great kid, real smart. Knows just how to read a defense," Adair said. "We are definitely relying a lot on him to step up and lead our team."
Eldridge and Musselman will set up behind Maloy. As a one-two punch for the Buckaroos, Adair is excited to see how the seniors will finish off the season.
"I like their toughness both in the backfield and on defense," Adair said. "They’re working hard to pick up the other boys and getting everyone ready."
Adair said that with only 34 players on the roster, expect the offense to look almost identical to the defense. Adair will be using underclassmen to fill in the ranks.
"We’ve really preached that this team is a brotherhood that sticks together," Adair said. "Good play, bad play it doesn’t matter — we’re all out here working to get that win."
Monticello hosts San Juan on Aug. 22.
Last season » 4-7 overall (3-1 is 1A South; lost in first round)
Key returner » Senior Makade Maloy will return as quarterback. A smart, physical player, expect Maloy to rack up yards both in the air and with his feet.
Players to watch » Cole Eldridge and Braydon Musselman will be rushing for the Buckaroos, as well as leading the defense.
Biggest hole » Depth. Adair is concerned that players having to go both ways might not leave enough in the tank to get through the 4th quarter.
Need to Know » Monticello has 34 players on the roster, with only six seniors. All players on the roster are expected to play for the Buckaroos.
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