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High school football: Timpanogos T-Wolves 2017 preview

Note: Timpanogos finished with a 3-7 overall record in 2016 and seventh in Region 7 with a 1-6 record. It did not qualify for the playoffs.

Timpanogos 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

OREM — After a five-game losing streak to end the 2016 season, Timpanogos has had its share of disappointment.

When Daniel Tervort became the head coach in 2015, the program was in rebuilding mode. His core of experienced, young players has been around for most of the ride.

"That first year we came out there was just such a small senior class, and we ended up playing just four seniors and so there’s just a lot of experience at this point," he said, "We’re still young, the quarterback’s going to be a junior, one of our running backs is going to be a sophomore, there’s just a lot of young kids in the mix, but they have more experience than young kids usually get."

As his players matured exponentially by year, he said his original group that has become upperclassmen have made great strides both in their skill and size.

"This will be three years with this group, finally," he said, adding, "The weight room's been huge. We've worked really hard in the weight room, so it's exciting. We have more size, strength and experience to compete."

He said that, though the team has worked extremely hard in the offseason, the coaching staff is making an effort to not overexert the players before the season even starts. After Timpanogos won three of its first five games, Tervort said injuries and a lack of focus late in the year caused the season-ending losing streak.

"I think we just kind of burned out, fizzled out near the end of the year a little bit. We also played in a really tough region," he said.

He said the number of years these players have been together could make a difference, and the T-Wolves will hope to surprise some teams this year.

Timpanogos T-Wolves at a glance:

Coach: Daniel Tervort has been the coach since 2015. In his two years, his teams have compiled a 4-16 record.

Timpanogos Offensive Snapshot:

Offensive coordinator: Daniel Tervort

2016 offensive production: 19.4 ppg (21st in 4A)

-- 5 returning starters

-- Spread offense

Key offensive returning starters:

Gabe Sweeten (QB)

Sweeten was inserted into the lineup last year and compiled 602 yards passing and five total touchdowns.

Kaden Bretzing (OL)

Bretzing will start for the third straight year as a junior.

Returning offensive starters:

Gabe Sweeten (QB)

Kaden Bretzing (OL)

Hayden Sandstrom (WR)

Hunter Greer (OL/TE)

Logan Johnston (WR) newcomers to watch:

Kaleb Ashdown (WR)

Tervort's comments on the offensive line:

“So much of high school football is in the trenches, and we hope to be good in that area, so our quick guys can make a difference.”

Tervort's comments on QB Gabe Sweeten:

“He got five solid starts last year against tough 4A opponents, which I think will help us this year.”

On OL Kaden Bretzing:

"He’s an anchor, very good, very intelligent, and an offensive line field general that puts people in the right position all the time."

Keys for offensive success in 2017:

Though they do have experience, this is still an extremely young core on the offensive end. In a difficult 4A, players will have to really step up to score the points they will need to win games.

Timpanogos Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Aaron Tau'a

2016 defensive production: 32.5 ppg (20th in 4A)

-- 7 returning starters

Key defensive returning starters:

Hunter Greer (DE)

Greer, a senior, recorded five sacks last season, which led the team. He hopes to improve upon that number in 2017. Harris (LB)

Harris led the team in tackles, with 69, in 2016.

Returning defensive starters:

Hunter Greer (DE)

Seth Trowbridge (LB)

Matt Harris (LB)

Jaden Branin (LB)

Sione Kivalu (DL)

Kaleb Ashdown (DB)

Tyler Walker (DB)

Defensive newcomers to watch

Mitchell Miles (LB)

Tervort's comments on Hunter Greer:

"This will be his third year starting. His knowledge of the game is really awesome.”

Tervort's comments on Tyler Walker:

“Tyler Walker played defensive back last year, after coming from the basketball team. He wasn’t thriving as a receiver, wasn’t catching a lot of balls, but now has come in and put in a lot of work and has become pretty solid. With a 6-5 frame you can just throw the ball up in his vicinity and he has a chance to go get it.”

Tervort's comments on Seth Trowbridge:

“He put on 20-30 pounds of muscle, and his work habits have become contagious.”

Keys for defensive success in 2017:

Tau'a's defense returns a lot of starters in a core that played extremely well early in the year. In Timpanogos' three wins last season, the defense never allowed more than 15 points.

With an offense that is unproven, the defense will have to be a major strength of this team if it wants to win a lot of games.

Coaches preseason Region 8 straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News Region 8 prediction: Sixth

Key region game: At Springville, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 (Week 9)

Bottom Line: Justifiably so, with a group of players who have come up through the ranks as young students, hopes are high for a team that struggled to finish the 2016 campaign on a high note. However, if experienced players can find a way to mesh, this team could improve.

2017 Schedule

Aug. 18 — at Payson, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 — at Canyon View, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 — WEST, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 — UINTAH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 — WASATCH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 — at Skyridge, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 — at Provo, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Springville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 — MAPLE MOUNTAIN, 7 p.m.

Felt’s Facts for Timpanogos High School

All-time record: 106-137 (21 years)

Region championships: 0

Playoff appearances: 10

Current playoff appearance streak: 0

All-time playoff record: 2-10

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

Most played rivalry: 22 meetings with Orem dating back to 1997. Orem leads 18-4.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Timpanogos is one of just 11 schools to have a perfect playoff record on its home field (1-0).

Last 5

2016 — 3-7 (1-6 in Region 7 – Missed playoffs)

2015 — 1-9 (1-5 in Region 7 – Missed playoffs)

2014 — 1-8 (0-6 in Region 7 – Missed playoffs)

2013 — 6-5 (3-3 in Region 7 – 4A First round)

2012 — 7-4 (4-3 in Region 8 – 4A First round)

Timpanogos coaching history

2015-current — Daniel Tervort (4-16)

2014 — Joe Dupaix (1-8)

2010-2013 — Ed Larson (26-27)

2009 — Brad King (3-6)

2006-2008 — Brad Molen (13-18)

2004-2005 — Frank Bramall (8-13)

2003 — Darren DeGracie (4-5)

2001-2002 — Frank Bramall (13-10)

1996-2000 — Marc McKenney (7-40)

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2007 — Christian Stewart, QB

2007 — Grant Jimenez, WR

2007 — David Kruger, DL

2007 — Taylor Lyons, DB

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.