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High School Football: Grand Red Devils 2009 preview

In what was supposed to be Grand's big season in 2008, things went south a little sooner than expected. Finishing out the 2008 season with a 3-7 record, the Red Devils are hoping some big opportunities come their way this year.

"Last year wasn't exactly how we planned it would go, but this is a new year to start fresh," said coach Dennis Wells.

Coming into the 2009 season, Grand is looking to its returning players to make big plays and do their jobs. Offensive Lineman Zach Taylor has some big shoes to fill this year, as fellow linemen Daniel Simpson, Shane Yuhas and Tony Cossairt were all lost to graduation.

If the Red Devils want any chance of a playoff berth, or even a playoff win, the work has to start within their region.

Grand will compete in the 2A East region following realignment, a region it could easily pick up some wins in. If the Red Devils set their sights on the region championship, this team would be right in the mix of things come playoff time.

Grand Red Devils at a glance

Coach: Dennis Wells in his 8th year at Grand with a 31-41 record.

Key Players: Zach Taylor will be the anchor of the offensive line, but will need his teammates help to get the work done.

Strengths: With a solid offensive and defensive attack, this team could do some work on building a solid winning record.

Concerns: Lost three key linemen to graduation, and if they get off to a sloppy start to the season there is no telling where they might end up.

Last Year: 3-7, lost in first round to North Summit.

Predicted 2A East finish: Third

Postseason Possibilities: Winning their region games will be a big factor in how this team will compete in the postseason.

2009 Schedule

Aug. 21 — at Emery, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 — MONTICELLO, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 — at Carbon, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — at Millard, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 — at South Summit, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — NORTH SUMMIT, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — at San Juan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 — NORTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 — GUNNISON, 7 p.m.

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