Note: Granger finished with a 6-5 overall record in 2016 and tied for fourth in Region 2 with a 3-3 record. It did not qualify for the 5A playoffs.
WEST VALLEY CITY — Granger High School and head coach Mike Morgan have one game circled on their calendar for the 2017 high school football season.
Sept. 15 against Hillcrest.
The first game of Region 2 play for the Lancers is the most important game for Morgan and Granger right now.
“I don’t know how other teams are, and I really don’t care, but our main focus is September the 15th, that’s when we open up region. To that point, we’re about preparing for September 15th at Hillcrest High School. That starts region. All these other games, these preseason games, mean nothing going toward the playoffs and making a run at it, and that’s our expectations,” Morgan said.
A big reason that Granger has been trending upward as a football program is the school’s willingness to hire good coaches for the football staff, according to Morgan.
“A lot of the difference and the reason why it’s improved here at this school is because of the willingness to get coaches in at this school that are teachers. Brian Jacketta, who’s our defensive coordinator, that’s made a huge difference,” Morgan said. “Our willingness for our principal to get teachers and coaches had made a huge difference because these young men, they’ve had coaches turn around for years after year. Dave Dunn, who is our principal, has made it a huge effort of getting stability and getting good coaches in here and teachers as well. I think that’s important.”
Coach: Mike Morgan enters his fourth year as head coach of Granger and 18th overall year as a high school football head coach. Morgan, a graduate of Brighton High School and Brigham Young University, holds an 11-20 record at Granger.
Granger Offensive Snapshot
Offensive coordinator: Mike Morgan
2016 offensive production: 26.1 ppg (10th in 5A)
— 7 returning starters
— Double Wing offense