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High school football: Green Canyon Wolves 2020 preview

Here’s an in-depth look at the Green Canyon Wolves football team heading into the 2020 season.

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Note: Green Canyon finished with an 8-4 overall record in 2019 and was third in Region 11 with a 3-2 record. It was RPI seed No. 4 in the 4A playoffs, and was eliminated by Pine View 43-36 in quarterfinals. 

NORTH LOGAN — Stacked with offensive returning talent led by quarterback Jake Lundin, Green Canyon will be one of the Region 11 front-runners this season along with rival Sky View.


Head coach: Craig Anhder

Has coached Green Canyon in all three seasons since the school opened its doors, tallying a 15-18 record as he heads into his fourth season. Previously he spent 12 years as Sky View’s head coach from 2005 to 2016 leading the Bobcats to a 90-46 record. His career coaching record is 105-64. He’s a graduate of Mountain Crest High School and Utah State.

The Wolves return eight starters on offense, including four offensive lineman from a team that averaged 27.0 ppg a year ago.

“There’s a lot of excitement and the kids have high goals. You don’t have to try and convince them of it, they know what’s been happening, and what we’ve been trying to do here over the years, we can see the fruits of our labors a little bit,” said Green Canyon coach Craig Anhder.

A year ago Lundin rushed for 1,450 yards and passed for 1,693 yards with 34 total touchdowns. That production figures to go up his senior season.

The bigger question marks for Green Canyon are on defense. Last season it ranked third in 4A in scoring defense allowing 17.6 ppg, but with only three full-time starters returning there are a lot of holes to plug.

The strength of the defense should be Jacob Regen and Kyle Baker on the defensive line.

Green Canyon Wolves at a glance

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

“I’ve been really impressed with them. We kind of said goodbye in March when they closed the school down. I encouraged them to work out at home, to find ways to work out on their own, and when they came back in June the kids had been working out. I was very impressed. They looked stronger, tested stronger. Those kids didn’t just sit around and wonder what’s going to happen, they went to work and we saw the results of that.”


2020 Schedule

Aug. 14 — at Tooele, 7 p.m.

Aug. 21 — BOX ELDER, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 — at Stansbury, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — SKY VIEW, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 — at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — at Bear River, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — RIDGELINE, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 — at Logan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 — NORTHRIDGE, 7 p.m.

Green Canyon offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Craig Anhder

2019 offense: 27.0 ppg (10th in 4A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • 8 returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Jake Lundin (QB)
  • Jacob Regen (WR/TE)
  • Kyle Baker (TE)
  • Bryce Radford (OT)
  • Caleb Balls (OG)
  • Thomas Corcoran (C)
  • Garrett Herzog (OG)
  • Jaxon Curtis (WR)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Carter Compton (WR)
  • Landon Peterson (RB)
  • McKade Hellstern (RB)
Coach Anhder keys for offensive success in 2020:

“No. 1 is be healthy, I know coaches say that all the time but if a couple key players go down that could be very difficult for our offense. I think the key is keeping these guys motivated. Our O-line is going to be bigger and better this year. I’m really excited about them. I think they’re going to help open things up for Jake Lundin at quarterback both running the ball and passing the ball. That’s going to be the key, that O-line being successful.”

Green Canyon defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Cam Johnson

2019 defense: 17.6 ppg (3rd in 4A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • 3 returning starters
  • 3-3 stack defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Jacob Regen (DE)
  • Carter Compton (S)
  • McKade Hellstern (LB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Kyle Baker (DL)
  • Reese Humphreys (LB)
  • Mason Anderson (LB)
  • Landon Peterson (CB)
  • Jaxon Curtis (CB)
Coach Ander’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“In this region you have to stop the run. These teams run the ball and they run hard, and you’ve got to be able to stop that run. If you don’t do that you’re going to struggle. I know that’s common, but this region didn’t used to be that way. I’ve been around here long enough; this region used to be you had to stop the pass and then you’ve got a shot. And now it’s kind of flipped you’ve got to stop the run game as that’s become the dominant force in the region up here.”

Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll
  1. Sky View
  2. Green Canyon
  3. Ridgeline
  4. Mountain Crest
  5. Bear River
  6. Logan

Deseret News outlook for 2020

Green Canyon took a big step as a program a year ago advancing to the quarterfinals and establishing itself as one of the upper-tier programs in 4A. Of its four losses in 2019, three were decided by one touchdown, including the playoff ouster to Pine View. With eight returning starters on offense, there’s ample experience to expect Green Canyon to fight for the Region 11 title and a semifinal appearance in 2020.

Felt’s Facts for Green Canyon

  • All-time record: 15-18 (3 years)
  • Region championships: 0
  • Playoff appearances: 2
  • All-time playoff record: 1-2
  • State championships: 0
  • State championship record: 0-0

Last 5 Seasons

  • 2019 — 8-4 (3-2 in Region 11 – 4A Quarterfinals)
  • 2018 — 4-7 (2-3 in Region 12 – 4A First round)
  • 2017 — 3-7 (1-4 in Region 12 - Did not qualify)

Green Canyon coaching history

  • 2017-current — Craig Anhder (15-18)


Deseret News All-State Archives


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Green Canyon All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2019 — Ethan DeLisle, P
  • 2018 — Brett Gasaway, RB
  • 2018 — Ethan DeLisle, P