High school football: Snow Canyon Warriors 2017 preview

Note: Snow Canyon finished with a 3-7 overall record in 2016 and tied for fourth in 3AA South with a 1-4 record. It lost to Ridgeline 26-0 in 3AA first round.

Snow Canyon 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

ST. GEORGE – A year is by many measures a short amount of time, but it can make a huge difference. For the Snow Canyon Warriors football team and second-year head coach Mike Esplin, that holds true and may very well show in the team’s results this season.

While most teams might need time to adjust to a new head coach like Esplin, that isn’t as much of a problem for the Warriors, who had Esplin as a defensive coordinator prior to his stint as a head coach.

However, according to Esplin, the last year has been most beneficial in helping his team mature and learn how to finish games, something it struggled with in 2016.

Last season, Snow Canyon lost three games by six points or fewer and another two games by 14 points or fewer.

This year, Esplin hopes to improve on last year’s 3-7 record by finishing games better, especially in close battles.

“Overall, we have confidence and we feel prepared,” Esplin said. “We feel like we have the type of talent to go compete so mentally that helps us.”

As the season approaches, Esplin believes that the defense is more prepared than the offense, but that both sides of the ball have improved since last season.

Safeties Wyatt Perry and Seth Smith and defensive end David Dillard highlight the defense, which is now being led by new defensive coordinator Vince Tauanuu, who was previously a defensive coordinator at Alta high school

“We really have a good front seven, and we have some experience at defensive back. Both those things make us feel pretty good,” Esplin said.

Offensively Austin Staheli will head the offense after winning the quarterback position during the offseason and will have weapons at the wide receiver position including Zach Nowatzke, who led last year’s squad in receptions.

Snow Canyon Warriors at a glance

Coach: Mike Esplin is entering his second year as Snow Canyon’s head coach after a 3-7 record in his first year. He went…

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