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High school football: Weber Warriors 2020 preview

Here’s an in-depth look at the Weber Warriors football team heading into the 2020 season.

Note: Weber finished with a 6-4 overall record in 2019 and was tied for second in Region 1 with a 5-2 record. It was RPI seed No. 11 in the 6A playoffs and was eliminated by Layton 28-27 in first round.


PLEASANT VIEW, Weber County — Talk to anyone involved with Weber High football over the last five years or so and you’ll be exposed to it quickly — the idea of a new and improved Warriors’ culture centered on winning and competitiveness.

Going back to former head coach Matt Hammer and continuing under the guidance of current headman Jayson Anderson, the Warriors believe they have established a successful culture for their program, replete with high expectations, and the results on the field validate that belief.

Since going 3-7 in 2016, the Warriors have won 22 of 32 games, for a winning percentage of .688. They’ve contended for and won region championships and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 6A state tournament multiple times. Over the past three seasons, it can be argued that the route to the Region 1 title all but went through Pleasant View, and the Warriors wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We should be one of the top guys that people consider year in and year out, and that expectation hasn’t changed,” Anderson said. “Where we are at, and Coach Hammer did a great job changing the culture and expectations, we believe we should be competing at the top, especially in our region.”

That belief is about to be tested in a big way. The Warriors graduated 37 players from their team that went 6-4 in 2019, including starting quarterback Kohl Hogan and the entire starting offensive line, not to mention key contributors throughout the defense. Inexperienced, unproven: those are but a few of the words that best describe the 2020 Weber High football team.

The biggest question mark is up front, where the Warriors have to replace linemen who by Anderson’s own admission propelled the team to its success a year ago. There is also a quarterback competition between juniors Cannon DeVries and Jake Lindsay that likely won’t be decided until game time Week 1. Then there is just the sheer inexperience at that varsity level that litters the roster.

“There are going to be a lot of guys on our team who haven’t had a lot of varsity experience,” said Anderson. “We will be very inexperienced up front and the same could be said on defense. There is just a lot of turnover from last year’s team.”

With an established culture of winning, though, Anderson and Weber believe they’ll be right where they’ve grown accustomed to being: at the top of Region 1.

“We should be one of the top guys that people consider year in and year out and that expectation hasn’t changed,” said Anderson. “Guys come in with that mentality, the ‘next guy up’ mentality. As a program, as a staff and as a team, we have that expectation. We should be competing at the top. Even though we lost a lot of guys, we feel like we have guys back who can play football and win football games.”


Weber Warriors at a glance

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

“I think our guys have handled it in a good way. They stayed in pretty good shape throughout the whole thing, but they are just like anyone else: They are hungry and just want to play and compete. Hopefully, we get a season so they can do that. ...

“Overall, when guys got back there was excitement. You could tell that there was an excitement to do something, to not sit at home and quarantine. They actually got to go and play and be involved and have some bit of normalcy.”

Weber offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Jayson Anderson

2019 offense: 29.9 (ninth in 6A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Logan Payne (RB)
  • Cannon DeVries (WR/QB)
  • Spencer Hall (WR)
  • Aisea Moa (TE)
  • Luke Willden (TE)
  • Jake Kashiwaeda (FB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Jake Hellmann (OL)
  • Stryker Rashid (OL)
  • Jake Lindsay (QB)
Anderson’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“The biggest question mark for us is up front. Last year we were loaded up front and that is the question for this year. I feel like we have guys there, but none of them are battle-tested in varsity games. A couple rotated in, but really all five guys up front on offense haven’t had a lot of varsity experience. The question is how fast can they adjust to the speed of the game at a varsity level and put us in the right spot to make us successful. ... Right now, I really like our skill guys. We have lots of guys who can contribute, a lot of weapons. The big question is will we have enough time to get those guys involved.

“Then there is the quarterback competition. That battle is still ongoing and will probably be a game time decision on who starts. Both guys (Cannon DeVries and Jake Lindsay) got some snaps last year and both did well.”


Weber defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Billy Pluim

2019 defense: 18.9 ppg (sixth in 6A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Three returning starters
  • 3-4 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Cannon DeVries (FS)
  • Aisea Moa (DE/OLB)
  • Jake Kashiwaeda (DT)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Hayden Garner (S)
  • Haygen Champneys (S)
  • Jett Childs (CB)
  • Johnny McKinney (CB)
  • Braedon Roylance (CB)
  • Jama Kanyare (CB)
  • Nolan Barrong (LB)
  • Logan Payne (LB)
  • Dawson Tree (LB)
  • Spencer Hall (LB)
Anderson’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“I think it is kind of a lot like on offense. We have guys in the right spots. The thing that we are going to find out real quick, especially opening up with Bingham, is when the lights come on on Friday night can those guys play at that speed and physicality, week in and week out. I really like our defense, I like how it looks right now, but until you hit someone else you can’t really know the whole story.

“Up front we bring back a couple of guys who helped us out last year. The back end guys, the question is can we cover guys? I think we can.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

Any time you lose your starting quarterback and entire starting offensive line, there are going to be some growing pains the next season. That is what faces Weber with the graduation of quarterback Hogan and the entire offensive front. The Warriors have talent, particularly at the skills positions, and the defense, while untested, has the makings of a strong unit. If Weber’s inexperienced and unproven players prove up to the task, the program should be where it has been the last three years, namely battling at the top of Region 1. If not, though, a drop-off to the middle of the pack is to be expected.


Felt’s Facts for Weber

  • All-time record: 317-495-22 (93 years)

  • Region championships: 7 (1948, 1952, 1964, 1985 co, 1996 co, 2017, 2018)

  • Playoff appearances: 20
  • All-time playoff record: 10-18

  • State championships: 2 (1985, 1999)

  • State championship record: 2-1

  • Most played rivalry: 74 meetings with Box Elder dating back to 1926. Box Elder leads 52-19-3.


Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 6-4 (5-2 in Region 1 — 6A first round)
  • 2018 — 7-4 (6-0 in Region 1 — 6A quarterfinals)
  • 2017 — 9-2 (6-0 in Region 1 — 6A quarterfinals)
  • 2016 — 3-7 (2-4 in Region 1 — missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 3-6 (1-5 in Region 1 — missed playoffs)

Weber coaching history

  • 2019-current — Jayson Anderson (6-4)
  • 2013-2018 — Matt Hammer (31-31)

  • 2010-2012 — Rick Corbridge (3-25)

  • 2005-2009 — Richard Murray (16-34)

  • 2003-2004 — Aaron Tillett (5-15)

  • 1994-2002 — Kory Bosgieter (49-41) *one state title
  • 1990-1993 — Glenn Prisk (13-24)

  • 1983-1989 — Rod Buckwoldt (26-38) *one state title
  • 1978-1982 — Hal Lewis (15-31)

  • 1976-1977 — Joe James (4-14)

  • 1974-1975 — Jerry Coggins (13-6)

  • 1970-1973 — Unknown (11-21-2)

  • 1967-1969 — Lee Bunnell (6-20)

  • 1965-1966 — Richard Connelly (4-13-1)

  • 1953-1964 — Mel Wood (56-43-11)

  • 1952 — Unknown (5-4-1)

  • 1948-1951 — Mel Wood (10-26-2)

  • 1945-1947 — Floyd “Slick” Slater (9-22-2)

  • 1944 — Glenn Arnett (5-2)

  • 1932-1943 — Unknown (25-55-2)

  • 1931 — Mark Ballif (2-4-1)

  • 1927-1930 — Unknown (7-19)

  • 1926 — Fred Dixon (1-5)


Weber All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2018 — Brandt Opheikens, MLB
  • 2018 — Hudson Schenck, CB
  • 2017 — Tysen Lewis, OT
  • 2014 — Stetson Clapp, DL