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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Logan's Chase Nelson (19) runs past Cottonwood's TJ Fehoko (93) during the game at Cottonwood High School Thursday August 29, 2013. Logan is winning the game 17-0 at halftime.
Prep football: Region 2 preview

First Published Aug 16 2014 03:15 pm • Last Updated Aug 16 2014 11:00 pm

Cottonwood Colts

After a highly successful career as football coach at what was then Dixie College, Greg Croshaw moved back to the high school ranks two years ago when he took over a Cottonwood program with strong players that was struggling with controversy.

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The veteran coach has found the change different but enjoyable as he enters his third season.

"Coaching is great fun," he said. "That’s what I do. It’s a whole new set of circumstances. I was successful at Dixie because when I needed a running back or a quarterback, I could go out and recruit one. If you weren’t successful, it was because I didn’t recruit. They kind of frown on that in high school."

Croshaw took Cottonwood to the first round of the state tournament the past two years with a team that made up for what it lacked in quantity with quality. Cottonwood’s boundaries stretch well into the west side of the valley, sometimes making it difficult for athletes who might like to play football to find a way to get home without an activities bus.

"Depth has been the weakness for the two years I have been there," said the veteran coach. "We are lucky to have 50 or 60 kids out, and that counts freshmen. We are not going to have 120 guys on the sideline, like some of those programs."

What Cottonwood does have are quality players. For example, quarterback Cooper Bateman who played for the Colts two years ago is competing for the job at Alabama this year. T.J. Fehoko, a defensive lineman on this year’s team, has already committed to Colorado. Crowshaw says Fua Putupai, a defensive end, has received offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Utah.

The problem is simply lack of depth. If any of the frontline players get injured, replacing them will be a challenge.

That said, the Colts certainly should be competitive in Region 2 again this year.

Last year » 5-5 overall, 3-2 in Region 2. Lost to Brighton in first round of state tournament.

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Key returner » Defensive lineman T.J. Fehoko will soon be plying his trade in the Pac-12, having committed to Colorado.

Player to watch » Defensive end Fua Putpau could be a Pac-12 player too, with offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Utah.

Biggest hole » The team has good frontline players, but lacks depth. Injuries could create some major problems.

Need to know » The Colts play in an evenly-matched region that didn’t fare well at state last season. All four teams lost in the first round. Cottonwood has never won a state football championship.

Granger Lancers

When it comes to football, new is the operative word at Granger this year.

The Lancers have added a new coach to go along with their relatively new school.

Veteran Utah prep coach Mike Morgan is the new head man who plans on bringing a new coaching philosophy to a team that struggled last year in Region 2.

Morgan has had coaching stints at Riverton, West Jordan, Brighton and Murray, including 14 years as the head coach at West Jordan. As he takes on his newest challenge and gets to know what he calls a young team, Morgan seems more than a little optimistic.

"We have a really good young group," said Morgan. "There is a ton of potential there. I am excited about that. They are buying into the system right now. Our spring went well. We installed what we wanted to run."

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