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High school football: Beaver Beavers 2017 preview

Note: Beaver finished with an 11-1 overall record in 2016 and second in the 2A South region with a 4-1 record. It beat South Summit 55-35 in 2A championship.

Beaver 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

BEAVER — Back in Week 5 last season when Beaver lost a close region game to San Juan, it looked like a repeat state title might not be in the cards for the program.

That was utter nonsense.

Beaver was never really tested the rest of the season winning seven straight games all by at least 20 points en route to a second-consecutive 2A state championship.

With over half of its defensive starters returning and then four more on offense, expectations of a three-peat are definitely realistic.

“Our expectations are really, really high, which is the way we want them. We have a good core of kids coming back. Now we did lose some very good players, but we have a lot of confidence in our kids and our numbers are probably higher than they’ve been in 15 years,” said Beaver first-year head coach Jonathan Marshall.

This summer there were 80 kids participating in football for Beaver.

For Marshall, he said that’s a direct reflection of the winning and other students at the high school wanting to be part of something special.

Marshall has been an assistant coach for the past 10 season at Beaver, but this year steps into the head position. He’s got plenty of help at assistant coach as Steve Hutchings and Randy Hunter — Beaver’s two championship head coaches the past two years — are on staff still this year.

Porter Hollingshead takes over at quarterback after being groomed for the position last year, and everyone is confident in his abilities despite the inexperience. A balanced offense has been the catalyst during state title runs the past two years and that will again be the mentality this year.

“For so long we were a very good run team and we didn’t throw the ball very well. The last two years we were able to have a lot more balance and that’s what we’re shooting for this year,” said Marshall.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Beaver’s roster is on the defensive line with four starters returning — even though Kolby Oakden is moving to middle linebacker. Opponents are going to find it virtually impossible to run this season.

Beaver Beavers at a glance

Coach: Jonathan Marshall is entering his first season as head as Beaver’s head coach after serving as an assistant coach for the past 10 years. He’s a graduate of Beaver High School.

Beaver Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Jonathan Marshall

2016 offensive production: 44.6 ppg (1st in 2A)

-- 4 returning starters

-- Wing-T offense

Key offensive returning starters

-- Tyce Raddon (RB)

Started at wing back for Beaver last year and finished with 48 carries for 261 yards and four touchdowns.

-- Austin Carter (OL)

One of the anchors of Beaver’s offensive line last year is back again for his senior season.

Returning offensive starters

Tyce Raddon (RB)

Austin Carter (OL)

Brody Munoz (OL)

Walter Lebaron (TE)

Offensive newcomers to watch

Porter Hollingshead (QB)

Cole Marshall (RB)

Braxton Albrecht (RB)

Spencer Williams (WR)

Rhett Jordan (WR/RB)

Dalton Hoyt (OL)

Tyler Griffiths (OL)

Shaw Coombs (OL)

Marshall comments on QB Porter Hollingshead:

“Last year as a junior was the first year we played him at quarterback, but last year thinking ahead to this year we decided he was the guy we wanted to put there so we started playing him JV last year and he did fantastic. We feel very confident in Porter. Everybody wants to ask about our quarterback situation, that is not a situation we are worried about.”

Marshall comments on RB Tyce Raddon:

“Tyce I think is one of the best players in the classification. I think he’s going to do great things on both sides of the ball for us. He runs extremely hard. Hard-nosed kid. He’s kind of the emotional leader of our team. He’s started since he was a freshman.”

Marshall comments on experienced offensive line:

“One of the biggest strengths of our team is going to be our offensive line. We’ve got several returning starters. Austin Carter, Brody Munoz both started last year and Austin since he was a sophomore. They’re a veteran bunch. Right now it’s only looking like we’re going to start one junior. The rest will all be seniors. “

Keys for Offensive Success in 2017:

Beaver’s top three rushers from a year ago all graduated, including 1,000-yard rushers Jordan Hardy and Dillon Smith. The coaching staff is confident that quarterback Porter Hollingshead and running back Tyce Raddon can slide into those spots and maintain that productivity on the ground. If that’s how the offense unfolds then Beaver is going to be extremely difficult — if not impossible — to beat this season.

Beaver Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Steve Hutchings

2016 defensive production: 13.5 ppg (2nd in 2A)

-- 6 returning starters

-- 4-2 defense

Key defensive returning starters

-- Kolby Oakden (LB)

Finished second on the team in total tackles last season with 75, but this year is moving from the defensive line to middle linebacker.

-- Walter Lebaron (DL)

Recorded 60 tackles and a team-high five sacks last season to help anchor Beaver’s dominant defensive line.

Returning defensive starters

Austin Carter (DL)

Brody Munoz (DL)

Walter Lebaron (DL)

Kolby Oakden (DL) — moving him to LB

Tyce Raddon (LB)

Porter Hollingshead (CB)

Defensive newcomers to watch

Rhett Jordan (LB)

Braxton Albrecht (LB)

Spencer Williams (CB)

Marshall comments on dominant defensive line:

“We have three of our four defensive line starters from last year back. I feel our biggest strength on defense is going to be controlling the line of scrimmage. We feel we can make teams one-dimensional where they have to throw the ball.”

Marshall comments on confidence in defensive newcomers:

“Some of these guys that we have that haven’t played a lot of varsity yet they’ve done very well in the younger groups so we’re excited to see what we can do with them.”

Keys for Defensive Success in 2017:

All four defensive line starters from a year ago are back for Beaver this season. That’s pretty unfair to the rest of 2A. That group was extremely dominant last season and might be better this year. Teams will have no choice but to try and pass the football, which will put added pressure on Beaver’s secondary. If they’re up for the challenge this defense should easily finish near the top of 2A in scoring defense.

Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: First

Deseret News 2A South prediction: First

Key Region Game: at San Juan, Sept. 15 (Week 5)

Bottom line: Beaver is the favorite in 2A this season, but history is not on its side. It’s been over four decades since Dixie won three straight state championships from 1972 to 1974. If anyone is going to break that hex, this is the team. Beaver is loaded with defensive talent in the trenches, and will rarely give up more than two or three touchdowns per game. That’s more run enough support for the offense which should flourish again with a new dynamic quarterback under center. Perhaps history is the only thing that can slow the Beavers.

2017 Schedule

Aug. 18 — at Canyon View, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25 — KANAB, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 — DELTA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 — at South Summit, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 — at San Juan, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 — SOUTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 — at North Sevier, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 — GRAND, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 — at North Sevier, 7 p.m.

Oct. 20 — 2A PLAYOFFS, TBD


Felt’s Facts for Beaver High School

All-time record: 449-251-11 (77 years)

Region championships: 15 (1962, 1965 co, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992 co, 1994 co, 2002 co, 2013, 2015)

Playoff appearances: 50

Current playoff appearance streak: 27 (1990-2016)

All-time playoff record: 65-39

State championships: 11 (1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2015, 2016)

State championship record: 11-9

Most played rivalry: 88 meetings with Kanab dating back to 1950. Beaver leads 50-38.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Beaver is tied with two other teams for the most shutouts in one season with 10 (1973). … Al Marshall (along with Skyline’s Roger DuPaix) won a state-high eight championship games and took the Beavers to a state-record 16 title contests. … The Beavers hold the record for most total yards gained in a game, 833, in 1965. They also have the record for fewest total yards allowed in a game, minus-56, in 1980. … Beaver Kelly Smith still holds the record for season rushing yards, 2,561, in 1979. Thane Marshall is second with 2,497 season rushing yards in 1983. … Lance White returned two blocked punts for touchdowns in one game, another state record, in 1987.


Last 5

2016 — 11-1 (4-1 in 2A South – 2A Champions)

2015 — 11-1 (5-0 in 2A South – 2A Champions)

2014 — 7-4 (4-2 in 2A South – 2A Quarterfinals)

2013 — 9-2 (6-0 in 2A South – 2A Semifinals)

2012 — 8-3 (5-2 in 2A South – 2A Quarterfinals)


Beaver coaching history

2017-current — Jon Marshall (0-0)

2016 — Randy Hunter (11-1)

2005-2015 — Steve Hutchings (65-52)

1999-2004 — Brandon Draper (41-25)

1989-1998 — Alan Raddon (64-40)

1963-1988 — Al Marshall (218-70)

1955-1962 — Pat Lindsay (26-24)

1954 — Unknown (2-5)

1950-1953 — Lamont Thornock (11-14)

1949 — Unknown (4-3)


Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

2016 — Dillon Smith, RB/LB

2015 — Matt Roberts, QB/FS

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2016 — Jordan Hardy, QB/SS

2016 — Tyce Raddon, RB/LB

2016 — McCoy Bergstrom, LB

2016 — Austin Carter, OL/LB

2016 — Taylor Macdonald, P

2015 — Brennon Hutchings, WR/DB

2015 — Brantson Blackburn, TE/DE

2015 — Kord Snyder, OL/DL

2015 — Keaton Fails, LB/K

2014 — Matt Roberts, QB/LB

2014 — Brantson Blackburn, TE/DE

2013 — Kasen Hutchings, QB/LB

2013 — Jesse McMullin, RB/LB

2013 — Michael Roberts, WR/DB

2013 — Bailey Bradshaw, OL/LB

2012 — Kendall White, TE/LB

2012 — Tyler Terry, OL/DL

2011 — Jeremy Brown, RB/DB

2010 — Slade Edwards, FB/LB

2008 — Jordan McMullin, OL/LB

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

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