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( Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Corner Canyon High School football team runs through practice on the new school's football field in Draper, Utah Thursday August 15, 2013.
Prep football: Region 7 preview

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

Corner Canyon Chargers

Corner Canyon can look back on its inaugural season as an unqualified success. The Chargers were co-Region 7 champions (along with Orem and Olympus), despite suiting up only nine seniors — only four of whom actually received playing time.

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Rather than looking back, though, Corner Canyon is looking ahead.

This season, the Chargers will feature 51 seniors and return 20 of 22 starters. Back from season-ending injuries are two players coach Donald Eck said will be essential to the team’s success: senior right guard/nose guard Samual Dalsasso, and middle linebacker Hunter Vranes.

Still, the coach said, he will preach to the players the need to continue to work. The defense must once again 11 guys "flying around" in during every possession. The offense must continue to build upon its solid running attack, and flat-out improve its "iffy" passing attack.

With a region championship and a playoff berth under their belt, the Chargers are hungry for more. Eck said the players are working extremely hard in the weight room and at getting properly conditioned.

With the added experience and depth, the Chargers think the most important thing is remaining healthy. Eck said if they can manage that, they will be "pretty darn good."

"We have competition at every position; if someone starts getting complacent, they can be replaced," Eck said.

However, he doesn’t anticipate that will be an issue. Not with so many possibilities ahead of them.

Last year » 6-6 overall

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Key returners » Senior quarterback Michael Ebeling must improve a passing attack coach Donald Eck called "iffy." Senior linebacker Gaige Kartchner was the Region 7 defensive MVP last season.

Players to watch » Right guard/nose guard Samual Dalsasso and middle linebacker Hunter Vranes both return after suffering season-ending injuries a year ago.

Biggest hole » The Chargers lost some key contributors in center/defense tackle Jake Hatfield and linebacker Weson Minnick. Eck said he has young guys ready to step into their roles.

Need to know » "If we do not get to Rice-Eccles Stadium, it’s a disappointing season," Eck said.

Mountain View Bruins

A positive attitude is contagious. And positivity is spreading quickly at Mountain View with the addition of new head coach Lewis Wong, who has brought a new spirit to the program’s players and assistants, while getting more athletes interested in the program.

Wong is known as a players’ coach. He also brings loads of experience, having led Timpview to four consecutive state championships. Most importantly, he’s brought the love of the game back to the program. The excitement is visible — players show up early to practice and ready to improve. Also, the number of students interested in playing football at Mountain View has increased, according to assistant coach Chris Haacke.

"We need a change at Mountain View, someone who will come in and change the attitude and culture of football," Haacke said.

Mountain View hasn’t been the tier-one program in years, but Haacke is optimistic that things are changing.

"People can overlook us, but we have some kids that are really starting to believe in themselves," he said. "If they do that, we can return to a winning program."

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