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High school football: Pine View Panthers 2020 preview

Here’s an in-depth look at the Pine View Panthers football team heading into the 2020 season.

Note: Pine View finished with a 9-3 overall record in 2019 and was first in Region 9 with a 7-0 record. It was RPI seed No. 5 in the 4A playoffs and was eliminated by Park City 48-21 in semifinals.


ST. GEORGE — Coming off its first outright Region 9 championship in over a decade, Pine View will lean on a strong offensive line and great overall team speed in its quest for a repeat.

Coach Ray Hosner said the overall team speed is better than ever as he enters his 20th year as Pine View’s head coach, headlined by returning starting wide receiver Dominque McKenzie.

He’s one of six returning starters on the offense, three of which are offensive lineman. Success for Pine View is always predicated on strong quarterback play, and that will fall on the shoulders of senior Brayden Bunnell this year.

A big offensive line should give him solid protection throughout the season.

Defensively, Pine View returns a solid linebacking core anchored by Enoch Takau and Dylan Becker. There’s only one returning starter on the defensive line, Rick Muae, and Hosner said find strong players to fill in around him will be critical.

Hosner said he always had his doubts the 2020 season would even be played, and his preseason games are somewhat up in the air. He acknowledges it will definitely be a season unlike any other.

“I think coaches are going to have to think outside the box a little bit. If a kid has the sniffles in the past, you let the kid go, but if the kid has the sniffles now you have to tell them they can’t be around. Sometimes it’s going to be your running back or quarterback,” said Hosner.


Pine View Panthers at a glance

Hosner’s thoughts on how his players dealt the COVID-19 adversity in the spring and summer:

“I think kids are resilient. I don’t think it’s effected them as much as maybe adults. Adults are a little more scared what could be the outcome, but kids are like, ‘If we get sick we’ll be OK.’ They’ve hung there.”

Pine View offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Gary Crowton

2019 offense: 43.2 (first in 4A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Five returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Brennan Shaw (C)
  • Peter Falaniko (LT)
  • Dayson Moore (RT)
  • Enoch Takau (RB)
  • Dominque McKenzie (WR)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Brayden Bunnell (QB)
  • Preston Mann (Slot)
  • Hunter Edwards (WR)
  • Marcus Kemp (Slot)
  • Rick Muae (OL)
Hosner’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We go so fast. The faster we go the more exciting, as long as our quarterback can manage the game at the speed we want we’ll be OK. A lot of times kids have a hard time managing that speed and then you end up with a lot of three and outs. I think we have a ton of speed on the offense that’s going to help us. This is the fastest we’ve ever been since I’ve been coaching at Pine View hands down. It’s not even close.”


Pine View defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: KJ Boyer

2019 defense: 26.2 ppg (11th in 4A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • 3-3 stack defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Enoch Takau (OLB)
  • Rick Muae (DE)
  • Corbin Gifford (LB)
  • Dylan Becker (LB)
  • TJ Francis (DB)
  • Marcus McKenzie (DB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Ian Becker (S)
Hosner’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“The key for us is going to be able to stop the run. I think our secondary is super fast, so we’re going to be have to be able to get physical up front to stop the run. If we can do that we’ll have a lot of success.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

A year ago, Macloud Crowton threw for 4,264 yards and 47 touchdowns. It’s extremely unlikely his replacement will duplicate that type of production, which means Pine View will need to rely on the run much more than it did a year ago. If that happens and the new QB settles in by region play, Pine View should be right in the running for a repeat Region 9 title.


Felt’s Facts for Pine View

  • All-time record: 238-148 (37 years)

  • Region championships: 11 (1985-co, 1986, 1993, 1994 co, 2001, 2003 co, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014 co, 2019)
  • Playoff appearances: 28
  • All-time playoff record: 29-28

  • State championships: 0

  • State championship record: 0-6
  • Most played rivalry: 45 meetings with Dixie dating back to 1983. Pine View leads 25-20.

Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 9-3 (7-0 in Region 9 — 4A semifinals)
  • 2018 — 8-4 (4-2 in Region 9 — 4A semifinals)
  • 2017 — 8-4 (4-2 in Region 9 — 4A quarterfinals)
  • 2016 — 10-3 (3-2 in 3AA South — 3AA runner-up)
  • 2015 — 6-5 (1-4 in 3AA South — 3AA quarterfinals)

Pine View coaching history

  • 2001-current — Ray Hosner (159-62)
  • 1998-2000 — Sark Arslanian (16-12)

  • 1994-1997 — Wade Turley (14-22)

  • 1992-1993 — Bill Jacobsen (7-10)

  • 1989-1991 — Chris Brockman (11-16)

  • 1985-1988 — Jim Johnson (26-13)

  • 1983-1984 — Wes Christiansen (5-13)


Pine View All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
  • 2013 — Kody Wilstead, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2019 — Izaiah Moten, WR
  • 2019 —Daylor Rymer, WR
  • 2019 — AJ McCarroll, PK
  • 2018 — Solo Katoa, OG
  • 2018 — Connor Brooksby, K
  • 2018 — Dallin Brown, ATH
  • 2017 — Connor Brooksby, K
  • 2017 — Christian Reis, LB
  • 2017 — Raymond Tauoa, OL
  • 2017 — Jacob Mpungi, TB
  • 2016 — Jacob Mpungi, RB
  • 2016 — Tyler Heaton, DT
  • 2016 — D’Angelo Mpungi, CB
  • 2016 — Connor Brooksby, K
  • 2014 — Kody Wilstead, QB
  • 2014 — Pano TiaTia, RB
  • 2014 — Blake Ence, WR
  • 2014 — Bladen Hosner, WR
  • 2014 — Harrison Goebel, OL
  • 2013 — Jack Bangerter, WR

  • 2013 — Guillermo Fierro, OL

  • 2013 — Liahona Tia Tia, DL

  • 2013 — Thor Katoa, LB

  • 2013 — Jaden Ahquin, DB

  • 2012 — Prentiss Miller, RB

  • 2012 — Logan Stott, OL

  • 2012 — Wesley Moeai, DL

  • 2011 — Jake Arslanian, WR

  • 2010 — Will Bangerter LB