High school football: From top to bottom, Region 3 teams striving for better 2018


Realistic expectations for Region 3 teams heading into the 2018 season are about as wide-ranging as any region in the state.

At the top is East, with its annual state championship-or-bust mentality. Herriman is a notch below, but there’s always enough talent and depth within the program to think a title run is possible like in 2015.

Expectations for West Jordan are always bigger internally than externally, and the Jags need a statement win over a major program to change that reality.

Taylorsville missed the playoffs last year, but with Dane Leituala returning for his fourth year as starting QB the program is poised to earn more respect as well.

Riverton has a new coach who is simply trying to bring stability back to the program that won 10 games in 2014.

Copper Hills, meanwhile, has been one of the doormats of the state’s largest classification for a couple decades now and second-year coach Corey Dodds is working his players hard to change that culture of losing.

East is the clear front-runner in Region 3, and it’s as hungry as ever. Despite dominating region foes last year it came short of its ultimate goal by falling to Bingham 27-13 in the championship game in its first year playing up a classification.

East’s offense and defense took a big hit because of graduation, with 13 players moving on to play college football on some sort of scholarship. Even though coach Brandon Matich acknowledges his team has big holes to fill, he’s confident the personnel is there to get the job done.

This year’s team might even surprise some people with explosiveness.

“People know that we’re physical. They know we’ll always be good in the trenches. We’ll build from the ground up with the line and work our way back. This year is going to be the same, but this is …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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