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 it game by game.”

Rich Rebels at a glance

Coach: Groll is a 1992 graduate of Rich High. He helped lead the Rebels to their first-ever state championship game appearance in his senior year and then played collegiately at SUU.

Rich offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: TBD

2017 offensive production: 10 ppg (8th in 1A)

3 returning starters
Type of offense: TBD

Returning offensive starters

Jared Andersen (QB)
Jaden Nelson (OL)
Lincoln Huefner (was TE, may play elsewhere in 2018)

Offensive newcomers to watch

Colten Meek (RB/WR)
Colton Hislop (RB/WR)
Stetson Huffaker (RB/WR)
Bridger Weston (OL)

Coach Groll’s comments on the quarterback position:

“I’m taking an approach of whomever is best and ready at the time, that’s probably who’s going to play and get going. As of right now he’s got the experience. Could it change? It might change depending on what practices show us and what we think.”

Coach Groll’s comments on center Jaden Nelson:

“He’s going to be our lone starter up there. We’re going to be relying on some kids who have not played as much. He’s going to have to take a big brunt of it.”

Keys for offensive success: After averaging the fewest points per game of any team in 1A in 2017 (sixth fewest in the state overall), one thought would be that there’s nowhere to …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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