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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brighton RB Osa Masina takes a breather on the sidelines after gaining 242 yards and getting the wind knocked out of him against Alta. Brighton defeated Alta 38-28, Friday, September 27, 2013
Prep football: Region 3 preview

First Published Aug 16 2014 03:17 pm • Last Updated Aug 16 2014 11:00 pm

Alta Hawks

The days may be gone where Alta is consistently listed among the favorites in 5A football, but coach Bob Stephens is doing what he can to keep the Hawks competitive.

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"I’m trying to instill this mentality of, because our numbers are low, we’ve got to work harder than anybody in the state in order to be able to win," Stephens said.

No matter the odds they face — and this year’s schedule is challenging — their aspirations will always remain the same: win region, go deep in the playoffs, and win state.

"That’s a goal of Alta," Stephens said. "It will constantly be a goal of Alta, no matter how [hard the path] may look, but that’s our goal."

The Hawks boast some elite talent — led by Quinn Fabrizio — and some young talent waiting in the wings.

"I’m excited as heck," Stephens said. "We’ve got some great players returning in key spots and great young talent that’s going to be filling in. I’m excited to see what they can do at this level, as well."

The key issue for the Hawks will be overcoming a lack of depth. This means avoiding the season-ending injuries that plagued them last year.

"It should be a fun and exciting year, and I hope we compete well. In fact, I know we’ll compete well. I just look forward to seeing how things roll," Stephens said.

Last year » 5-6

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Key returner » Safety/linebacker Quinn Fabrizio — one of the state’s top players — is a three-year starter that brings quality leadership, and has a great work ethic and a lot of ability.

Player to watch » The Hawks will look to Josh Souifua (300-plus pounds) and Donald Wilkinson (6-foot-7, 300-plus pounds) to anchor their offensive line.

Biggest hole » Alta lost a lot of talent in its secondary from 2013. The top returner, Fabrizio, has grown into linebacker body.

Need to know » The Hawks were so snake-bitten by injuries in 2013, they lost two key contributors in the first three games to season-ending broken legs.

Bingham Miners

Year in and year out, the Bingham Miners have consistently been who the other 5A teams are chasing — the Miners have only missed the semifinals four times under coach Dave Peck.

After a 14-0 finish in 2013, the Miners closed the season ranked 15th in the USA Today national high school football rankings. This year, if they were to run the table again, they would likely top that ranking, as they will face national powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

While the Miners area well-rounded bunch, their success hinges on quarterback Kyle Gearig.

"I just think he’s a great kid," Peck said. "He’s one of the best athletes I’ve coached."

Gearig’s cool, calm, and collected personality is what makes him invaluable to their attack.

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