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High school football: Judge Memorial Bulldogs 2019 preview

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Note: Judge Memorial finished with a 0-10 overall record in 2018 and was sixth in 3A North with a 0-5 record. It lost to Juan Diego 55-0 in the 3A first round.

Judge Memorial 2018 Offensive and Defensive Stats

SALT LAKE CITY — Judge had a rough 2018.

The Bulldogs lost every game they played last year and haven’t had a winning season since 2014 — when they won the 3A championship.

The new man tasked with righting the ship is Will Hawes.

“It’s been great. It’s been a great reception. I was accepted here when I came over here to take over the weight training program and run the defense. The family atmosphere here is like no other I’ve been around, I’ve been around Utah for almost 20 years. It feels like home,” Hawes said.

Hawes is familiar with Judge, having been a weight trainer and defensive coordinator with the program. It helped him seamlessly step into the head coaching role.

“It’s incredible because I had the chance to form a relationship with a lot of these kids, which makes a difference because they know you and they know what you expect and they know what you’re about as a person. It just becomes something that they look forward to every day versus the opposite,” Hawes said. “Having most of these kids in my weight training class, seeing them on campus, forming that relationship — it made a world of difference."

As for 2019, Hawes’ goal is just for the Bulldogs to compete.

“Just be competitive. We’ll let the chips fall where they may. We’ve had to play a lot of young kids at the varsity level because of our numbers. We have decent varsity experience coming back. We’re still kind of young, but we just want to be competitive. We want to build a foundation on this year and grow from it,” Hawes said.

Team at a glance

Coach: Will Hawes is in his first year as head coach at Judge. He is a graduate of Weber State University.

Coach Hawes’ comments on new UHSAA RPI:

“I’m one of those coaches that, if you’re good enough to make the playoffs, you should play in it, if you’re not, then you work on it until you get there. That’s just my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of it, but that’s what we have to deal with. If we want to be the best, we’ve got to beat the best. We’re in one of the toughest regions in the state, I think there’s only one team that hasn’t won a state title in the last 10 years in our region. In the top five in 3A, four of those teams are in our region. We’ve got our work cut out for us. I think if he can compete in our region, I think that we can compete across the state. ”

Team Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Malik Sawyer

2018 offensive production: 11.7 ppg (11th in 3A)

— Seven returning starters

— Spread offense

Key offensive returning starters

Tomas Young (QB)

Young will be key to Judge’s spread offense this season. Last year, he threw for 829 yards on 56-121 passing, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Michael Stokes (OL)

Stokes, a senior, was named a team captain and will be the leader of the Bulldogs’ offensive line

Returning offensive starters

Tomas Young (QB)

Tim Tanga (WR)

Josh Icasiano (RB)

Sam Maxwell (FB)

Michael Stokes (OT)

Strom Huber (OT)

Colin Bergin (OG)

Offensive newcomers to watch

Timmy Jerome

Hawes comments on Tomas Young:

“Complete leader. He’s our quarterback, he’s our student body president, straight-A student. The character is impeccable, the integrity is always intact, he’s always accountable. If we start there as a team leader, I think we’ve got a chance.”

Hawes comments on the offense line:

“That’s huge, because you don’t win the game with skill players, you win the game in the trenches. Michael Stokes is our team captain, he’s been an impeccable guy since I’ve been here, from the first practice a couple years ago until now. He’s just that guy you want to coach. He has great leadership skills, he’s a great young man, a community leader, he’s a believer. There’s nothing bad I can say about him. He’s just that guy we’re going to rely on and lean on. He’s always come through for me and I don’t think anything will be any different this year.”

Hawes comments on Josh Icasiano:

“He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s stronger and faster than he was a year ago, of course a year older. He was learning the game last year and he had some really great moments. This year, I think he’s going to have a breakout season. He’s going to carry the ball for us quite a bit and we’ll see how that works out. I think he’s going to be 10 times better than he was last year. We’re going to rely on him. We’re going to lean on him.”

Keys for offensive success in 2019:

Hawes said the key to offensive success in 2018 is not turning the ball over as much.

Team Defensive Snapshot

2018 defensive production: 43 ppg (12th in 3A)

— Five returning starters

Key defensive returning starters

Colin Bergin (MLB)

Bergin was the fourth-leading tackler on the 2018 squad, with 23 tackles. Expect him to step up this year as the leading tackler on the team.

Michael Stokes (DE)

Like on offense, Stokes will anchor the defensive line for Judge. Last year, he had 16 tackles.

Returning defensive starters

Colin Bergin (MLB)

Tim Tanga (FS)

Sam Maxwell (CB)

Michael Stokes (DE)

Curtis Straup (OLB)

Hawes comments on replacing the top three tacklers from 2018:

“The fourth guy in line is only going to be a junior, Colin Bergin, and he’s going to be one of our middle linebackers. We did return one of our linebackers that was injured last year, Louis Valles. They are good tacklers. Kids like Michael Stokes and those guys. If we can maintain and contain and bring guys to the ground, we’ll be OK. Of course, we lose our top three tacklers, but there’s guys right behind them that were pretty good. I think being a year older and a year better, faster, stronger, we’ll have a chance.”

Hawes comments on Colin Bergin:

“He’s just always been a solid kid since he was a freshman here at Judge. He’s a lot stronger and bigger than he was last year. I think he’s one of those guys, you hear that hit, everybody goes ‘ooh.' He’s one of those guys, where you’ll know it’s him.

Keys for defensive success in 2019:

Hawes said that stopping the run will be key for the Bulldogs this year.

Coaches preseason Region 13 straw poll: Sixth

Deseret News Region 13 prediction: Sixth

Key Region Game: vs. Morgan, Sep. 27 (Week 7)

Bottom line

Judge has nowhere to go but up after a winless season that ended with a 55-0 shellacking against Juan Diego in the first round of the 3A playoffs. The good news for the Bulldogs is that on offense, they return seven starters, including three offensive line starters. The defense, which returns five starters, will have to make up for losing its top three tacklers.

2019 Schedule

Aug. 16 — at Ogden, 7 p.m.

Aug. 23 — at Millard, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30 — LAYTON CHRISTIAN, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6 — CARBON, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 — AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — at Grantsville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 — SOUTH SUMMIT, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Summit Academy, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Juan Diego, 7 p.m.


Felt’s Facts for Judge Memorial High School

All-time record: 452-379-9 (92 years)

Region championships: 18 (1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 co, 1972, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993 co, 2008, 2013, 2014

Playoff appearances: 45

Current playoff appearance streak: 2

All-time playoff record: 56-34

State championships: 10 (1948, 1949, 1959, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 2013, 2014)

State championship record: 11-5

Most played rivalry: 53 meetings with Wasatch dating back to 1926. Wasatch leads 27-25-1. Last met in 2012.

Felt’s Factoids: Judge holds the single-game pass interception record (tied with Bonneville) of nine, set in 1981 against Murray. ... Bulldog Mike Chambers returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in a 1967 game (also against Murray) to set a single-game state record. ... JM rushed for 536 yards, a championship-game record, in the 2014 Class 3A title game.


Last 5

  • 2018 — 0-10 (0-5 in 3A North – 3A First round)
  • 2017 — 4-6 (2-3 in 3A North – 3A First round)
  • 2016 — 0-10 (0-7 in 3AA North – Missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 3-8 (2-4 in 3AA North – 3A First round)
  • 2014 — 12-1 (5-0 in 3A North – 3A Champions)


Judge Memorial coaching history

  • 2019 — Will Hawes
  • 2004-2018 — James Cordova (89-93)
  • 2003 — Dave Livingston (3-8)
  • 1997-2002 — Tim Clark (14-42)
  • 1985-1996 — John Colosimo (50-81)
  • 1978-1984 — Frank L'Etoile (60-19)
  • 1966-1977 — Gil Cordova (93-39-1)
  • 1955-1965 — Frank Klekas (72-23-1)
  • 1952-1954 — George Melinkovich (15-8)
  • 1949-1951 — Tom Mares (12-7-1)
  • 1946-1948 — Bill Moran (11-8-1)
  • 1943-1945 — unknown (10-9)
  • 1942 — Paul Patten (2-5)
  • 1941 — Wally Morse (0-4)
  • 1938-1940 — unknown (0-11)
  • 1936-1937 — Ken Larson (5-5-1)
  • 1932-1935 — unknown (2-4)
  • 1931 — Mr. Decker (0-5)
  • 1929-1930 — Ben Lingenfelter (1-9-1)
  • 1928 — Ralph Bodine (3-4-1)
  • 1924-1927 — unknown (7-9-2)


Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

  • 2014 — Max Barnett, RB
  • 2013 — Kaden Elliss, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2015 — Maisen Knight, OL
  • 2014 — Ricke Maka, OL
  • 2014 — Jacob Cline, OL
  • 2014 — Braden Pelly, DL
  • 2014 — Nathan Higley, LB
  • 2013 — Ethan Driffill, OL
  • 2013 — Chase Radcliffe, DL
  • 2013 — Max Barnett, LB
  • 2013 — Sean McMinimee, DB
  • 2013 — Andrew Matthews, K
  • 2010 — Ben Cook, DL
  • 2010 — Daniel Shiramizu, SP

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