Thunder tabbed as top team; Dixie’s Tre Miller is preseason MVP

ST. GEORGE — Members of the media and football coaches don’t always see eye to eye, but there’s one thing they can agree on: Desert Hills should win the 3AA South Region in football in 2015.

The Thunder, with a three-year starter at quarterback and seven returning starters on arguably the best defense in the classification, received the most points in both the media and coaches poll after both entities voted at the 3AA South Media Day Tuesday afternoon and evening in the St. George News/KCSG studios off of Hilton Drive.

“It’s as you would expect,” said ESPNRadio’s Devin Dixon. “They’ve got a lot back off of a team that tied for the region title last year. Plus, they’ve been at least to the state semifinals three years in a row.”

Dixie's Tre Miller. | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
Dixie’s Tre Miller. | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Though it was Desert Hills that was picked to win the region, the majority of the MVP first-place votes went to Dixie High’s Tre Miller. The senior running back, who rushed for 1,460 yards as a junior last season, is expected to have a big year for new coach Andy Stokes.

“I don’t care about the numbers or anything, I just want to win,” Miller said. The Flyers are tabbed by both the coaches and media to finish second.

The Thunder received five of six first-place votes in the media poll, while D-Hills got just three first-place votes among the six head coaches. In the media poll, Dixie received the other first-place vote, while in the coaches poll, Dixie, Cedar and Hurricane all received one first-place vote. Dixie and Hurricane met in the state championship game last year, with the Flyers winning 27-19.

In the MVP voting, media and coaches were asked to name the top three players in the region. Miller was voted in the top spot in six of the 12 ballots. He was in the top three on 11 of the 12 ballots.

Nephi Sewell returns a punt, Desert Hills vs. Bear River,  St. George, Utah, Nov. 7, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
Nephi Sewell returns a punt, Desert Hills vs. Bear River, St. George, Utah, Nov. 7, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Desert Hills running back Nephi Sewell, who also starts at cornerback and returns kicks for the Thunder, came in second in the preseason voting, getting four first-place votes and seven total votes.

DH quarterback Nick Warmsley was third in the balloting, with Dixie receiver Bret Barben and Hurricane fullback Jake Carr tying for fourth.

Other players receiving MVP votes from the coaches and media were Cedar QB Mason Fakahua, Hurricane running back Nick McDaniel, Hurricane receiver Kyle Williams, Snow Canyon wideout TJ Taimi, Cedar running back Brock Oldroyd, Pine View quarterback Riley Livingston, Pine View receiver Steve Bangerter, Snow Canyon running back Josh Barnes and Dixie receiver Jaden Harrison.

The Media Day event was televised live and streamed on St. George News and will be added to our video archive soon.

The prep football season begins next Thursday night (Aug. 20) with Hurricane playing at Skyline in a KJZZ televised game. The rest of the region begins Friday, Aug. 21, with Desert Hills hosting 5A Jordan, Dixie at 4A Springville, Pine View hosting Judge Memorial, Cedar hosting Provo and Snow Canyon visiting former region mate Payson.

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