ST. GEORGE — Seven days. That was the mantra as several 3AA South teams worked out their final scrimmages before beginning game preparations for Week 1 of the 2013 season.
Pine View focused on offensive consistency and defensive hustle, while Hurricane worked on perfecting its sometimes dizzying wing-T. Desert Hills and Dixie, though not officially scrimmaging Friday night, had shorter, intense practices as they looked ahead to next week’s season-opener. Snow Canyon practiced ahead of Saturday morning’s 8 a.m. scrimmage.
“I thought it went well, a very good night,” Pine View coach Ray Hosner said. “We gave them (the offense) a lot of different looks and blitzes and they handled it well. Kody (Wilstead) was slinging the ball around.”
Out in H-town, the Tigers introduced fans to the heir apparent to the now-famous position of wing-T fullback, Jeremiah Ieremiah. For the first time in five years, the Tigers did not play in the state championship game last season.
“I know a lot of people look at the way last season ended (a 38-0 loss to Juan Diego in the 3A quarterfinals) and are concerned,” Tigers coach Chris Homer said. “But we will be OK. These kids have put in a lot of hard work.”
Desert Hills coach Carl Franke, whose team is picked by members of the media to win the region, said he’d prefer to be bit more inconspicuous.
“I wish we were picked sixth,” he said. “No, we understand what it means and why we are picked to finish that way. On paper, we look pretty good. But you just never know. If we play like we practiced last night, I wouldn’t pick us for anything.”
Most of the teams have difficult preseason schedules, with the Week 1 opponents a perfect example of that fact. Dixie, as has become tradition, opens against 4A Springville. The Flyers and Red Devils have opened against each other in each of the last seven seasons. Dixie has won five of those games.
Similarly, Hurricane will face Skyline for the fifth straight season in the opener. The Tigers have taken three out of four.
Desert Hills will play at home vs. highly-rated Stansbury. The Stallions and Thunder are both rated in the top five in the state and have split a pair of meetings the past two years. DH is in its sixth season, while Stansbury is in its fifth.
Pine View travels to the Salt Lake Valley to battle Judge Memorial, while Snow Canyon is at home next week battling 2A powerhouse San Juan in Warriors coach Marcus Matua’s debut. Payson opens at Provo, while Cedar will play at Grantsville next Friday.
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