High school football: Rich Rebels 2018 preview


Note: Rich finished with a 1-9 overall record in 2017 and was fourth in 1A North with a 0-3 record. It lost to Milford 28-6 in the 1A quarterfinals.

Rich 2017 Offensive Stats

RANDOLPH — For most of the last 18 years, the Rich Rebels football program has been a model of consistent success. Under the leadership of head coach Ashley Brown, the Rebels made the 1A state championship game in a whopping nine of those seasons, and won three titles.

But after winning the 2014 crown, the Rebels went just 11-11 in 2015 and 2016, and a paltry 1-9 in 2017, and Brown stepped down. Justin Groll, a graduate of Rich High School who has been one of Brown’s assistants for quite a few years, will take the reins of the program in his first high school head coaching job.

“I feel the pressure,” Groll said. “We’ve had a very successful football program for a very long time, and the community and everybody expects it to continue on.”

Groll noted that there will be an adjustment as players who have been on the roster for a few years will be getting used to a different voice leading the charge.

“It’s going to be a little bit different for the kids,” he said. “We are going to be very young. The transition, they seem to be taking it OK so far. I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

Although there will likely be some tough stretches along the way in this first season, Groll is hoping that in a sense, the team’s youth will serve at least one benefit.

“We are going into it fresh and young and just hoping that that will kind of give (players) a little bit of a spark to say, ‘OK, we have some work to do,'” he said, “and we’ll take …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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