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High school football: Cottonwood Colts 2020 preview

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

Note: Cottonwood finished with a 0-10 overall record in 2019 and was seventh in Region 6 with a 0-6 record. It was RPI seed No. 26 and didn’t participate in the playoffs.

MURRAY — There are some rays of hope within the Cottonwood Colts football program.

Over the last four seasons, the Colts have tallied just two wins and have gotten blown out in most games along the way. Last year, their closest loss was the opener, which they lost 42-0.

But this year, Cottonwood is becoming an independent, which has allowed it to schedule opponents around the state head coach Casey Miller hopes are more on his team’s level rather than being confined mostly to region opponents that have more talent and bigger rosters.

“I feel like it’s going to give us a better chance to be at least competitive in some games,” Miller said. “We consistently last year had maybe 20 kids dressing varsity, and we’re looking across the sideline at 100 kids-plus.”

The Colts will be playing all of the other four new independents this season, so “we’re at least going to have those four games where we’re going to be looking across the field and they’re probably going to have 20 kids and we’re going to have 20 kids. It should at least appear to be a fair fight this year.”


Cottonwood Colts at a glance

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

“We’re just being super cautious. We haven’t had any legit scares with it, but basically any kid who knows somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody, if they test, we keep them home. It’s been weird, because haven’t had every single kid at practice ever because we have to send kids home if there’s even any kind of a risk until they get a test.”

Cottonwood offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Casey Miller

2019 offense: 1.3 ppg (26th in 5A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Eight returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Jadakiss Sipai (OL)
  • Doug Maughan (OL)
  • JJ Mitchell (OL)
  • Jordan Poteki (OL)
  • Brock Simpson (QB)
  • Nick Bean (WR)
  • Lincoln Martinez (WR)
  • Jordan Larett (RB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Ethan King (WR)
  • Kaelen Gray (WR)
Coach Miller’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We’ve got to come together up front. All of experience is on the line for the most part. We still have a ton of sophomores and freshmen at the skill positions, so we really need the O-line to come together. We’ve got to lean on them.”


Cottonwood defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Casey Miller

2019 defense: 57.9 ppg (26th in 5A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Nine returning starters
  • 4-3 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Jadakiss Sipai (DL)
  • Michael Kimmel (DL)
  • Doug Maughan (DL)
  • Isaiah Marachal (LB)
  • Joseph Madrigal (LB)
  • Cole Montgomery (LB)
  • Lincoln Martinez (DB)
  • Jackson Martinez (DB)
  • Michael Miller (DB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Kaelen Gray (LB)
Coach Miller’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“Our D-line is where we are the most experienced and the oldest. We need to win in the trenches and let our young skill kids try to make plays.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

With the move to independence, it stands to reason Cottonwood can at least be more competitive in games than it has been recently, and the amount of returning experience adds to that notion. That said, the Colts have a lot of ground to make up to get in the win column. Close games would be a big step in the right direction this year, and any wins would be gravy.


Felt’s Facts for Cottonwood

  • All-time record: 188-317-3 (50 years)

  • Region championships: 6 (1984, 2005 co, 2007 co, 2008, 2009 co, 2010)

  • Playoff appearances: 23

  • All-time playoff record: 16-23

  • State championships: 0

  • State championship record: 0-2

  • Most played rivalry: 37 meetings with Skyline dating back to 1972. Skyline leads 31-6.

Last 5 seasons

  • 2019 — 0-10 (0-6 in Region 6 – Missed playoffs)
  • 2018 — 1-9 (0-5 in Region 7 – Missed playoffs)
  • 2017 — 0-10 (0-5 in Region 7 – Missed playoffs)
  • 2016 — 1-9 (1-5 in Region 3 – Missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 2-8 (1-5 in Region 3 – Missed playoffs)

Cottonwood coaching history

  • 2019-current — Casey Miller (0-10)
  • 2017-2018 — Bart Bowen (1-19)
  • 2015-2016 — Mike Tidwell (3-17)
  • 2012-2014 — Greg Croshaw (13-19)

  • 2010-2011 — Josh Lyman (15-6)

  • 2007-2009 — Cecil Thomas (31-7)

  • 2000-2006 — Tom Jones (34-46)

  • 1998-1999 — Steve Coburn (2-17)

  • 1991-1997 — Mike Reardon (12-51)

  • 1979-1990 — Tom Jones (52-68)

  • 1970-1978 — Coach Linford (24-57)


Cottonwood All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2014 — TJ Fehoko, DL
  • 2013 — TJ Fehoko, DL

  • 2012 — Inoke Lotulelei, WR