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High school football: Parowan Rams 2020 preview

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

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Note: Parowan finished with a 5-6 overall record in 2019 and was tied for fourth in 2A South with a 2-4 record. It was RPI seed No. 6 in the 2A playoffs and was eliminated by Millard 35-32 in quarterfinals.


PAROWAN — After narrowly losing in the quarterfinals, Parowan is back for the 2020 season — this time with a new coach.

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Head coach: Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath is entering his first year as head coach of the Parowan Rams.

Ryan Heath takes over the head coaching position this year for the Rams and says the reception from the players has been good.

“So far, it’s been really, really positive,” Heath said.

Parowan returns six starters on both sides of the ball. On offense, quarterback Hutch Miller is back, along with leading running back Easton Jense and top wide receiver Nicholas Goodman. Jense, who led the team in tackles last year, will be a catalyst on defense.

“I think everything looks really good. I think we’ve got a lot of kids coming back that have played and so they have experience. After the way the season ended last year, I think they’re all hungry to try to improve on what was done last year. So that puts us in a good spot,” Heath said.


Parowan Rams at a glance

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

“Honestly the biggest challenges have been not so much being a first year coach because I’ve coached before. It’s more dealing with the COVID and other restrictions and weight room stuff, and trying to balance and maintain all those expectations with safety and making sure that comes first. That’s been the biggest challenge for me.”

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2020 schedule


Aug. 14 — at Juab, 7 p.m.

Aug. 21 — at Duchesne, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 — at Layton Christian, 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 4 — ENTERPRISE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — at Kanab, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 — MILLARD, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — PROVIDENCE HALL, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — at North Sevier, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 — MILFORD, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 — at Beaver, 7 p.m.

Parowan offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Ryan Heath

2019 offense: 30.5 ppg (fifth in 2A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Hutch Miller (QB)
  • Nicholas Goodman (WR)
  • Jackson Hoffmeier (OL)
  • Easton Jense (RB)
  • Braden Bettridge (RB)
  • Jace Little (OL)
Heath’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We’ve got to be able to establish the run, run the ball and then make teams defend the run. After that, we can open things up a little bit, but running the ball is going to be key for us.”


Parowan defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Dave Bettridge

2019 defense: 23.6 ppg (seventh in 2A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • 4-2-5 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Hutch Miller (S)
  • Nicholas Goodman (S)
  • Jackson Hoffmeier (OLB)
  • Easton Jense (LB)
  • Braden Bettridge (LB)
  • Jace Little (DL)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Christian Bost (LB)
  • Cooper Miller (LB)
Coach Heath’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“I think it’s a combination of being able to stop the run and win the turnover battle.”

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Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll
  1. Beaver
  2. Parowan
  3. Millard
  4. Enterprise
  5. Milford
  6. Kanab
  7. North Sevier

Deseret News outlook for 2020

After a tough loss in the quarterfinals, Parowan is retooled and ready to go in 2020. With a lot of returning starters back, the Rams are set up to contend for a 2A South title.


Felt’s Facts for Parowan

  • All-time record: 177-437-7 (71 years)

  • Region championships: 1 (1989)

  • Playoff appearances: 22

  • All-time playoff record: 10-22

  • State championships: 0

  • State championship record: 0-1

  • Most played rivalry: 87 meetings with Milford dating back to 1949. Milford leads 47-37-3.

Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 5-6 (2-4 in 2A South — 2A quarterfinals)
  • 2018 — 8-3 (2-1 in 1A South — 1A semifinals)
  • 2017 — 8-3 (2-1 in 1A South — 1A semifinals)
  • 2016 — 3-6 (0-4 in 1A South — missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 2-7 (0-4 in 1A South — missed playoffs)

Parowan coaching history


  • 2020 — Ryan Heath (0-0)
  • 2017-2019 — Carter Miller (21-12)
  • 2016 — Anthony Chidester (3-6)
  • 2012-2015 — Brigham Nielsen (12-27)

  • 2007-2011 — Matt Labrum (17-35)

  • 1999-2006 — Rod Murphy (21-50)

  • 1997-1998 — Joe Hays (7-12)

  • 1994-1996 — Danny Lewis (5-22)

  • 1987-1993 — Scott Henderson (24-44)

  • 1986 — Bob August (1-8)

  • 1985 — Unknown (3-6)

  • 1984 — Kevin Singleton (2-6)

  • 1978-1983 — Scott Doubek (7-44)

  • 1977 — Jery Dyer (1-8)

  • 1976 — Tom Baltzer (1-7)

  • 1972-1975 — Dave Jenson (17-23)

  • 1970-1971 — Don Olson (5-13)

  • 1967-1969 – Unknown (7-16-1)

  • 1962-1966 — Lowell Caldwell (10-30)

  • 1959-1961 — Unknown (2-18-1)

  • 1958 — John Wood (0-7)

  • 1956-1957 — Richard Jones (3-11)

  • 1954-1955 — Bruce Decker (4-8-2)

  • 1952-1953 — William “Twist” Jones (1-10-2)

  • 1950-1951 — Unknown (1-10-1)

  • 1949 — Ray Watters (2-4)


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Deseret News All-State Archives

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Check out our archives of Deseret News all-state teams from 1929 to 2019 at Deseret.com.

Parowan All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2019 — Hutch Miller, DB
  • 2018 — Porter Wood, QB/LB
  • 2018 — Trey Jense, RB/LB
  • 2018 — Dixon Jones, OL/DL
  • 2018 — Codey Hanson, RB/LB
  • 2017 — Ethan Murphy, OL/DL
  • 2017 — Ethan Guymon, RB/DB
  • 2017 — Porter Miller, RB/LB
  • 2017 — Porter Wood, QB/MLB
  • 2013 — Justice Walker, WR/LB

  • 2010 — Zach Wood QB/SS