Note: Spanish Fork finished with a 3-6 overall record in 2016 and fifth Region 8 with a 2-4 record. It did not qualify for the playoffs.
SPANISH FORK — If success were solely predicated on the amount of returning starters one has, then Spanish Fork would be the clear favorite to win Region 10 and probably a 4A championship. The Dons return 18 starters this season, and although there are many more factors in determining a champ, having a good amount of returning talent is an excellent foundation.
For this reason, players and coaches are clearly optimistic heading into the season.
“They know what they’re doing and they know what the expectations are,” said Spanish Fork coach Preston Parrish. “Last year everything was new, but it’s a fun feeling right now and we feel we’re a couple of weeks ahead of last year and where we’d be normally because of all the returning starters.”
The returning starters and the changes in region realignment has everyone in and around the program excited. The Dons are now part of Region 10, and while top teams such as Springville, Maple Mountain and Wasatch were bumped up to 5A, they remain in 4A classification.
“Change is good sometimes,” Parrish said. “You lose top teams like Maple Mountain and Springville and you get excited about the possibilities. We don’t shy away from playing teams like that, but at the same time we’re excited about the changes and feel we can really improve this year and do some great things.”
What’s also good is seeing players do the things necessary to improve and be well-prepared for the coming grind of the football season.
“We have kids who have worked hard all year and we’ll see what we can do,” Parrish said. “Our region is tougher than most think — there’s a lot of good teams, and I feel most of the teams in our region will be improved. But I like what I’m seeing from our players.”
Coach: Preston Parrish is in his second year coaching at Spanish Fork and went 3-6 his first season. He previously worked as an assistant at Davis. He played at Bountiful, where he was named an all-state lineman,…