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Prep football preview: Whitehorse Raiders
First Published Aug 19 2014 10:31 am • Last Updated Aug 19 2014 04:46 pm

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.

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Whitehorse Raiders

First-year Whitehorse coach Eldon Chee is filled with optimism one week before a season-opening game with rival Monument Valley.

Despite a 1-7 record last year and a 4-35 mark since 2009, Chee thinks the Raiders could use a veteran corps of seniors and juniors — coupled with freshmen coming up from a junior high program — to be much improved.

Top players J.R. Todachinnie, a receiver and defensive back with aspirations of playing college ball, and middle linebacker Orlando Thompson give their coach hope.

"We have a positive attitude and we are striving to get them to trust what I am teaching them," said Chee. "I think we will have a good season."

Chee said a junior high program, which teaches his players fundamentals, is helping improve Whitehorse’s overall talent level.

Last year » 1-7

Key returner » Receiver and defensive back J. R. Todachinnie would like to play in college.

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Player to watch » Middle linebacker Orlando Thompson looks like a good prospect.

Biggest hole » With only 23 players on the team as of Friday, the Raiders can’t afford injuries.

Need to know » The school is located in Montezuma Creek in a remote part of southeastern Utah on the Navajo Indian reservation and has fielded some good basketball teams in recent years.

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