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High school football: Judge Memorial Bulldogs 2020 preview

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

Note: Judge Memorial finished with a 1-9 overall record in 2019 and was sixth in Region 13 with a 0-5 record. It was RPI seed No. 17.


SALT LAKE CITY — Last year in head coach Will Hawes’ first season, Judge went 1-9.

“A foundation year, building year. It was my first year taking over the program. We had our participation grow from the previous couple of years and having key injuries to veteran players, we had to make our way through the end of the season, but for the most part, it was a good foundation year for our program,” Hawes said.

This season, Judge will play as an independent. It returns six starters on both offense and defense. The Bulldogs return three linemen on offense and two on defense, so line play should be improved. Judge will have a new quarterback, new running backs and new wide receivers, so the experienced line will be key. Josh Icasiano, who rushed for 109 yards last season, will be a key part of the offense, as will wide receiver Oz Young. Linebacker Colin Bergin, who led the team in tackles last year with 37, will help anchor the defense.

“Our younger guys are growing up. We have quite a few young players that had to play varsity last year, which helps us in the future. Our participation is still rising,” Hawes said.


Judge Memorial Bulldogs at a glance

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

“Well, it’s very difficult. We are in Salt Lake City, so we’ve had to adhere to the orange phase all summer long, unlike some of the other school districts and counties in the area. So having to split workouts and only have so many players in the facility and on the field that at a time. It’s been difficult, but our players have done really well following instructions and wearing their mask and sanitizing their hands and washing their gear and things of that nature. It has been tough to deal with, but I think our group has done a great job handling it.”

Judge offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Will Hawes

2019 offense: 6.6 ppg (18th in 3A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Oz Young (WR)
  • Josh Icasinao (Slot/HB)
  • Colin Bergin (OL)
  • Mario Pasillas (OL)
  • Marshall Owens (OL)
  • Isaiah Hemmings (RB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Curtis Straup (QB)
  • Malik Judd (OL)
Hawes’ keys for offensive success in 2020:

“Just execution. Being able to move the ball consistently is what we’re looking to do to. The points and the success of the office will come if we can move the ball and not turn it over. We’re going to be 50-50 run pass. That’s a big deal is holding onto the ball and being able to constantly execute throughout a game.”


Judge defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: James Cordova

2019 defense: 42.8 ppg (18th in 3A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • Nickel defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Christopher Zwerin (Nickle back)
  • Mario Pasillas (DE)
  • Colin Bergin (LB)
  • Mang Piang (NG)
  • Oz Young (CB/FS)
  • Josh Icasinao (DB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Malik Judd (LB)
  • Sam Vandongen (FS)
Hawes’ keys for defensive success in 2020:

“Consistent tackling. We have a three-year starter at linebacker who will help anchor our defense, Colin Bergin. We also have a returning player, a linebacker who has also out of the program for a couple of years, then returning as senior, and he is going to be another one of our anchors, Lorenzo Salazar.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

After a one-win year last season in Hawes’ first year as head coach, Judge should at least improve in the win column with six starters back on offense and six starters back on defense. With another year of experience in the culture, Judge should improve its win total.


Felt’s Facts for Judge Memorial

  • All-time record: 453-388-9 (93 years)

  • Region championships: 18 (1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 co, 1972, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993 co, 2008, 2013, 2014)
  • Playoff appearances: 45
  • All-time playoff record: 56-34

  • State championships: 11 (1948, 1949, 1959, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 2013, 2014)
  • State championship record: 11-5

  • Most played rivalry: 53 meetings with Wasatch dating back to 1926. Wasatch leads 27-25-1.

Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 1-9 (0-5 in Region 13 — missed playoffs)
  • 2018 — 0-10 (0-5 in 3A North — 3A first round)
  • 2017 — 4-6 (2-3 in 3A North — 3A first round)
  • 2016 — 0-10 (0-7 in 3AA North — missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 3-8 (2-4 in 3AA North — 3A first round)

Judge coaching history

  • 2019-current — Will Hawes (1-9)
  • 2004-2018 — James Cordova (89-93) *two state titles
  • 2003 — Dave Livingston (3-8)

  • 1997-2002 — Tim Clark (14-42)

  • 1985-1996 — John Colosimo (50-81)

  • 1978-1984 — Frank L’Etoile (60-19) *two state titles
  • 1966-1977 — Gil Cordova (93-39-1) *three state titles
  • 1955-1965 — Frank Klekas (72-23-1) *two state titles
  • 1952-1954 — George Melinkovich (15-8)

  • 1949-1951 — Tom Mares (12-7-1) *one state title
  • 1946-1948 — Bill Moran (11-8-1) *one state title
  • 1943-1945 — unknown (10-9)

  • 1942 — Paul Patten (2-5)

  • 1941 — Wally Morse (0-4)

  • 1938-1940 — unknown (0-11)

  • 1936-1937 — Ken Larson (5-5-1)

  • 1932-1935 — unknown (2-4)

  • 1931 — Mr. Decker (0-5)

  • 1929-1930 — Ben Lingenfelter (1-9-1)

  • 1928 — Ralph Bodine (3-4-1)

  • 1924-1927 — unknown (7-9-2)


Judge Memorial All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
  • 2014 — Max Barnett, RB
  • 2013 — Kaden Elliss, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2015 — Maisen Knight, OL
  • 2014 — Ricke Maka, OL
  • 2014 — Jacob Cline, OL
  • 2014 — Braden Pelly, DL
  • 2014 — Nathan Higley, LB
  • 2013 — Ethan Driffill, OL

  • 2013 — Chase Radcliffe, DL

  • 2013 — Max Barnett, LB

  • 2013 — Sean McMinimee, DB

  • 2013 — Andrew Matthews, K

  • 2010 — Ben Cook, DL

  • 2010 — Daniel Shiramizu, SP