Scrimmage night: Teams make final preparations for season

File photo from, St. George, Utah, Aug. 16, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

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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  • Happy Times August 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Again, no mention of Enterprise High having their scrimmage tonight. Wow. At least show a little respect for us. It is not our fault we are not as big, but we have a high school football team too. Thanks.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic August 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Oh Happy Times, we know you are out there, and Kanab, and Panguitch, and Valley – you get the idea – we are yet small in number and therefore have to work from the central point of the larger league outward. But we are growing and with that our coverage will grow, one league at a time. In the meantime, I can h e a r you and will see what we can do. Bear with us? 🙂

      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Happy Times August 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Joyce, you know while I understand your comment, I find it rather ironic in that for years, while I was living in the SLC valley, all the big papers and sports sites would get complaints from everyone in St George about always being left out and not including them in any articles. Now, it is St George that is shutting out others the same way.

        While it is understandable that you need to work your way out from a central area, it is rather interesting that you lump us with Kanab, Panguitch, and Valley, however, none of them are in your SAME COUNTY and SCHOOL DISTRICT as the others you mention. You have even had articles with Cedar and Canyon View included (different county/district) and they are just as far if not farther than we are from St George. It is ok, we understand that to you in St George we are not very big, but please just admit that you have now become the ‘Big Boys’ of the south and now worry about no one other than your group, just as so many have complained about for years about the Northern teams leaving you all out.

  • Cedar Fan August 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Just FYI “Happy Times” The Deseret News just did a preview on Enterprise at

    • Happy Times August 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Yeah, I saw that. I love how they preview every team and every region each year. James Edwards and the rest of the HS sports department at the DN do a great job at getting around to every school in the state.

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