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High school football: Provo Bulldogs 2020 preview

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

Note: Provo finished with a 9-3 overall record in 2019 and was first in Region 8 with a 6-0 record. It was RPI seed No. 2 in the 5A playoffs, and was eliminated by Timpview 26-7 in quarterfinals.


PROVO — Kirk Chambers is back at it, and is excited to get things started at his alma mater.

Five years removed from when he last coached at Spanish Fork, the former NFL offensive lineman is taking the head coaching reigns at Provo — a program that has seen a resurgence in recent years.

“Yeah, we’re giving it another go and I’m real excited to have the opportunity to coach at the same school I played at,” Chambers said. “I feel there’s a lot of potential here. A lot of great kids and I think we have a chance to be a good team this year.”

Provo and good football hasn’t always been synonymous in recent years, although the play has trended up tremendously over the past 2-3 seasons. A lot of it is due to the hiring of Tony McGeary, who retired from coaching at the end of last season.

“Tony did a great job getting this program going again, and I’m fortunate to benefit from a lot of the work he did,” Chambers said. “Hopefully we can keep on improving on what he was able to build, and I think the parts are in place to do just that.”

Keeping up the improvement in 2020 looks to be a difficult prospect, when going over the roster. The Bulldogs lost a lot of starters off of last year’s team, and although that would indicate a rebuilding year, Chambers argues against the notion.

“You either rebuild or reload, and I really think we have the talent to reload this year, rather than rebuild,” Chambers said. “We’ve been fortunate to have great youth programs coming up, and the players are ready to step up. The talent and the depth are there, and we just need to put it together to hopefully prove a competitive team again.”


Provo Bulldogs at a glance

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

“We’re unique in that we’ve actually had a kid hospitalized because of COVID, so I think that’s heightened the awareness with our players, and they’ve made certain to be careful with everything. We’ve lost a few kids over the concerns, and that’s fine, but generally we have great numbers and a lot of kids excited to play.”

Provo offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Brandon Condie

2019 offense: 27.8 ppg (13th in 5A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • 2 returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Dallin Havea (RB)
  • Ryder MacGillivray (WR)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Leva Rosales (WR)
  • Jamison Harward (WR)
  • RockWell Magleby (WR)
  • Jace Welsch (QB)
  • Kyson Condie (QB)
Coach Chambers’ keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We have a lot of guys to replace, but I feel our skill position players are as good as anywhere and our offensive line is coming along nicely. I think our offensive line can get there. We need to find a quarterback, and we have two guys who have battled hard there, but I think we’ll be OK there. I like the potential.”


Provo defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Abe Poduska

2019 defense: 16.1 ppg (5th in 5A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • 4 returning starters
  • 4-3 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Loga Lesa (LB)
  • Dallin Havea (DB)
  • Ryder MacGillivray (DB)
  • Jaemen Cobb (DL)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Daniel Asisi (LB)
Coach Chambers’ keys for defensive success in 2020:

“We lost two huge players on defense, in Mason Cobb and Jimmy Tomasi, but I really like our defensive backs and we have some linebackers who are really looking good. Loga Lesa is a real leader for us and I feel he can step in and do a lot of the things Mason did. We’re young, but like on offense, the talent is there.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

While the doormat days of Provo appear to be over, the Bulldogs should struggle to match last season’s success. Sure, the numbers are there, but given the amount of starters lost from last season, along with fielding a new quarterback, Provo could see some struggles. Still, the team should prove competitive in Region 8 play with a chance to compete near the top of the standings.


Felt’s Facts for Provo High School

  • All-time record: 453-458-26 (105 years)

  • Region championships: 24 (1923, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1955, 1958, 1965, 1972, 1973 co, 1976 co, 1979, 1981, 1982 co, 1986 co, 1987, 1988 co, 2005 co, 2019)

  • Playoff appearances: 44
  • All-time playoff record: 31-43
  • State championships: 1 (1982)

  • State championship record: 1-5

  • Most played rivalry: 77 meetings with Springville dating back to 1908. Provo leads 44-29-4.


Last 5 Seasons

  • 2019 — 9-3 (6-0 in Region 8 – 5A Quarterfinals)
  • 2018 — 4-6 (3-2 in Region 8 – 5A First round)
  • 2017 — 5-6 (2-3 in Region 8 – 5A First round)
  • 2016 — 7-5 (4-3 in Region 7 – 4A First round)
  • 2015 — 8-3 (5-1 in Region 7 – 4A First round)

Provo coaching history

  • 2020 — Kirk Chambers (0-0)
  • 2014-2019 — Tony McGeary (36-30)

  • 2012-2013 — Cody Mallory (1-19)

  • 2008-2011 — Saia Pope (18-24)

  • 2004-2007 — Clint Christiansen (21-22)

  • 1999-2003 — Frank Henderson (17-37)

  • 1995-1998 — David Mills (9-28)

  • 1993-1994 — Ed Larson (6-12)

  • 1992 — Jess Christensen (4-5)

  • 1991 — Duane Johnson (5-4)

  • 1979-1990 — Frank Henderson (88-42) *1 state title
  • 1977-1978 — Gary Roylance (6-12)

  • 1976 — Paul Gillespie (10-2)

  • 1973-1975 — Jack Branin (12-15)

  • 1972 — Bry Lake (10-3)

  • 1954-1971 — Dick Hill (81-71-6)

  • 1943-1953 — Max Warner (39-51-6)

  • 1942 — Glen Simmons (3-2-1)

  • 1939-1941 — Griffith Kimball (16-9-2)

  • 1936-1938 — Unknown (8-13-3)

  • 1923-1935 — Glen Simmons (49-39-7)

  • 1908-1922 – Unknown (14-17)


Provo All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2019 — Mason Cobb, MLB
  • 2018 — Mason Cobb, MLB
  • 2017 — Kelton Bertagnini, TE
  • 2016 — Ty Jones, WR
  • 2016 — Tevita Ika, ATH
  • 2015 — Ty Jones, WR