Will it be 19 years in a row?
Monticello High School hasn’t missed the state football playoffs since 1998. During that time span, they captured two state championships in 2001 and 2004, and played for another in 2003. If nothing else, Monticello has been consistently good to dominant.
Will 2017 be any different? To answer this question, we asked fourth year Head Coach Art Adair five questions about his program going into the 2017 campaign:
1. What can Monticello fans expect from your offense?
Offensively we have had to adapt to our personnel this season. We lost some key players to graduation and also with kids not coming back out this season.
Anytime a small program loses one or two players they expect to have, it hurts the whole team. We hope to be more balanced with the run and pass, but it will all depend on our young lineman and how they handle the pressure.
2. Is there a quarterback competition or is it set?
Again due to personnel, we have to look at what is best for the team as a whole and make changes. Our quarterback depth chart will be Spencer Knudsen, Brayson Wilcox, and Mark Beh.
Both Spencer and Brayson bring different skills to the position, but due to our needs, we will move Brayson out to tight end. Brayson is a versatile player who can play anywhere on the field and will help us tremendously as a blocker and pass catcher.
3. What newcomers will have an impact on this year’s team?
We hope Weston Nebeker will give us some depth out of the back field as well as some upfront blocking.
Also, we look to have Braxton Atwood and Wyatt Fullmer give us some stability on the line, as they move up from junior varsity.
We will also need our JV linemen Dillon Slack, Porter Black, and Eldean Lammert to give us some good varsity minutes this season. Steven Robinson could see minutes on both sides of the ball, as well as Reed Hedglin.
4. What will be the strengths of the defense?
We hope that with a strong linebacker core we will have some success in stopping some offenses this season.
Our biggest hurdle is minutes on the field. We don’t have many subs and most of our guys won’t come off the field the whole game.
Again, this is why when we can’t get kids to come out or have kids that quit, it hurts the whole team.
We are excited to see what Paxton Lewis can do from the outside lineback position, as we move him in from cornerback this season.
5. What impact will the realignment of north and south divisions have on the balance of 1A football?
We have no realignment within the 1A. Both the north and the south lost a team, as Wayne went independent and Diamond Ranch dropped football. Other than that, it stays the same.
South Region will be Monticello, Kanab, Parowan, and Milford. 1A will be tough, and each game will be a test. Ultimately, if we can stay healthy and focused, I like our chances. We can’t afford to lose one guy, or it could be an uphill battle.
The Bucks kick off the season on the road at Grand in Moab on August 18 at 7 p.m. They won’t enjoy their home opener until September 15, when the Altamont Longhorns come to town for homecoming.
Monticello Buckaroo Cross Country
Hopefully it won’t be too damaging for the boys cross country team to miss the first day of school, as they start the promising season at Highland High School on August 17.
This is a great opportunity for the young Buckaroo team to run on the same course they will take on for the state meet in mid-October.
The 2017 XC boys and girls season preview will follow next week. The home meet for the XC team is at Loyds Lake on August 25 at 3 p.m.