Note: West Jordan finished with a 5-5 overall record in 2018 and was fourth in Region 3 with a 2-3 record. It lost to Lone Peak 57-28 in the 6A first round.
WEST JORDAN — Ultimately, the key to whether West Jordan succeeds this football season might depend more on effort than their opponent or any other factor.
New coach Carson Mund noticed a distinct relationship between the amount of energy his players displayed against their opponents this summer in scrimmages and the amount of success they had.
“We did really well (at the camps),” Mund said. “But some days the energy was low. We could have done better. Some days the energy was high and we did great.”
After a 5-5 season last year, the Jaguars should be in the thick of things in Region 2. Interestingly, though, their strength might be on the defensive end this season — at least until the offense finds its stride.
Mund, whose passion for football helped him get hired as a head coach at 27 years old, knows his guys are talented enough to win a lot of games this season. He just wants consistency in the energy department. That is an X-factor.
“We’re a team of energy, it seems like,” he said. “If we play with great energy, we’re going to be tough to beat. If we come out in a lull, and it takes a while to get going, we’re probably going to have some tight games. The energy level determines where we’ll be.”
West Jordan at a glance
- David Moctezuma, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Jaxon Piliui, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Jacob Sosi, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Isaiah Lapale, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Scott Lambson, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Josh Selvage, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
- Ben Anderson, West Jordan Jody Genessy, Deseret News
Coach: Carson Mund, a 27-year-old first-year coach and recent Utah State graduate, has been coaching since he graduated from Box Elder High nine years ago.
Mund’s comments on new UHSAA RPI:
“I’m not a huge fan of it. There’s a reason why college basketball has kind of gone away from it, the whole RPI rankings and things like that. It devalues regions. If they were going to do it, I think they need to give region champs the first four seeds and kind of rank them from there. There’s something about being a region champ. This year you won’t be rewarded for doing that.”
Team offensive snapshot
Offensive coordinator: Carson Mund
2018 offensive production: 28.5 ppg (10th in 6A)
— 4 returning starters
— Multiple offenses
Key offensive returning starters
— David Moctezuma (WR)
The shifty playmaker keeps defenses off balance with his speed, agility and ability to make things happen.
— Ben Anderson (QB)
After playing some QB last year, the senior is showing he’s ready for a big-time leadership role for the Jaguars.
Returning offensive starters
David Moctezuma (WR)
Scott “Bo” Lambson (OL)
Aleka Leausa (OL)
Isaiah Lapale (RB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
Jaxon Piliui (WR)
Ben Anderson (QB)
Josh Selvage (TE)
Mund’s comments on Anderson:
“He’s a really smart kid. The kids really look up to him. He’s a great leader and the the kids really respond to what he’s doing out there. That’s one of the reasons he won the quarterback battle.”
Mund’s comments on Moctezuma:
“David Montezuma is a returning starter, an honorable mention all-state — eight TDs. A quick kid, small kid, makes people miss a lot.”
Mund’s comments on an inexperienced offensive line:
“Up front is where we’re kind of putting all our eggs in our basket. We’re young. The success of our season is how well those guys can respond, because right now we only have one senior on the offensive line. He’s a returning starter, Bo Williamson. Other than that, we’re pretty young up front and we’ve just got to be able to move guys and protect and things like that for us to be successful.”
Keys for offensive success in 2019:
As Mund pointed out, the Jaguars will need the hogs to come together up front. They have some nice weapons that will give coaches a lot to work with in what should be a well-rounded, versatile attack.
Team defensive snapshot
Defensive coordinator: Ron Halbert
2018 defensive production: 32.6 ppg (17th in 6A)
— 4 returning starters
— 3-5-3 defense
Key defensive returning starters
— Isaiah Lapale (DB)
The senior defensive back will take some snaps this season, but he’ll be equally, if not more, valuable to the Jags’ defense.
— Aleka Leausa (NG)
Sophomore is a “stud,” his coach says, who will help power what should be a very stout and solid defensive line.
Returning defensive starters
David Moctezuma (DB)
Scott “Bo” Lambson (DL)
Aleka Leausa (DL)
Isaiah Lapale (DB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
Jacob Sosi (LB)
Josh Selvage (DE)
Mund’s comments on D-line:
“Up front we’re going to be probably better than we are on the offensive line. We’ve got great kids. Aleka Leausa is going to play our noseguard, and he’s a stud. He’s a sophomore. Junior Kaufusi and Cyrus Webster will be our D-ends to anchor the D-line.”
Mund’s comments on defensive strength:
“Defense is probably where we’re going to have to lay our hat on. That’s where we’re a bit better at is on the defensive side of the ball. They’re going to go out and play fast and play rough and play physical and beat up the other team so we can wear them out a little bit so we can score some points offensively.”
Mund’s comments on two-way star Isaiah Lapale:
“On the defensive side, we’ve got Isaiah, who’s going to anchor it in the DB area.”
Keys for defensive success in 2010:
With solid play up front and a returning all-stater in the backfield, it will be on West Jordan’s newcomers in the middle of the defense to mesh with teammates and make a mess of offenses.
One never knows how a team is going to respond to a new coach, but things are looking like they’re heading in a positive direction for Mund and his devoted players.
Coaches preseason Region 2 straw poll: Third
Deseret News Region 2 prediction: Fourth
Key region game: vs. Kearns, Sept. 20 (Week 6)
Aug. 16 — at Roy, 7 p.m.
Aug. 23 — at Riverton, 7 p.m.
Aug. 30 — HILLCREST, 7 p.m.
Sep. 6 — at Hunter, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 — at West, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 — KEARNS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 — OLYMPUS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 — at Cyprus, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 — GRANGER, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — TAYLORSVILLE, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for West Jordan High School
All-time record: 159-219 (42 years)
Region championships: 3 (1992, 1994, 1999 co)
Playoff appearances: 19
Current playoff appearance streak: 4 (2015-2018)
All-time playoff record: 4-19
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Most played rivalry: 36 meetings with Bingham dating back to 1981. Bingham leads 29-7.
Felt’s Factoids: Jaguar Michael Moorehead set a state completions and attempts record for a single game on 44 of 74 passes in 2010. ... Adam Boelter and two others share the single-game TDs-responsible-for record with 10. Boelter achieved his feat in 2009.
- 2018 — 5-5 (2-3 in Region 3 — 6A first round)
- 2017 — 6-5 (3-2 in Region 3 — 6A first round)
- 2016 — 8-3 (4-2 in Region 3 — 5A first round)
- 2015 — 5-5 (3-3 in Region 3 — 5A first round)
- 2014 — 3-7 (1-4 in Region 3 — missed playoffs)
West Jordan coaching history
- 2019 — Carson Mund (0-0)
- 2015-2018 — Mike Meifu (24-18)
- 2013-2014 — Daniel DuPaix (4-16)
- 1999-2012 — Mike Morgan (66-68)
- 1997-1998 — Brent Hawkins (6-14)
- 1989-1996 — Rick Bojak (48-33)
- 1985-1988 — Tom Molen (3-34)
- 1981-1984 — Larry Sanich (6-28)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
- 2017 — Bryson Percival, OLB
- 2010 — Martavius Redmond WR
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.