Note: Layton Christian finished with a 2-7 overall record in 2019 and was fifth in 2A North with a 1-4 record. It was RPI seed No. 12 in the 2A playoffs, and was eliminated by Enterprise 50-0 in first round.
LAYTON — For the third time in three years Layton Christian has a new head coach, but new coach Scott Feldman is hoping to bring some stability to the program amid the crazy circumstances surrounding high school sports these days.
Head coach: Scott Feldman
Entering his first season as head coach at Layton Christian. He’s a graduate of Harvey High School in New York and Alfred State in New York.
Feldman comes to Layton Christian after spending the past couple years as an assistant coach at Jordan.
“It’s been interesting to say the least, it’s a different ballgame over here than with most schools. The international component adds a lot to it, but it’s good. We’re very young, but I’m excited,” said Feldman.
A year ago Layton Christian only won two games, and was competitive in a couple others against Judge, Monticello and Gunnison Valley. Against the better 2A teams on its schedule, though, (Parowan, North Summit, Duchesne, Enterprise) it was run off the field, scoring just one combined touchdown in those four games.
With four players returning who had a lot of experience on the offensive line last year, naturally that should help the Eagles compete better in the trenches in 2020. With most of those players contributing on the defensive side of the ball, that side of the ball should benefit as well.
With several projected contributors arriving late to the program this summer, it may take Layton Christian a bit longer than most 2A teams to find its rhythm in hopes of being more competitive in 2020.
Layton Christian Eagles at a glance
Coach Feldman’s thoughts on how COVID-19 may effect the depth of his roster with a large contingent of international students:
“The ones that I have stateside were good. It’s kind of funny, I’ve been waiting for this kid from Bulgaria and we’re finally able to get him over here. That whole process was tough cause every day is changing. I do marketing with the school so I’m actually talking with embassies about when we can get kids over here for everything. I don’t know if my kicker is going to get here in time for Week 1 to be honest. He’s a soccer kid from Brazil, I’m hoping he gets out. Fingers are crossed. That’s been a tough one. I was lucky that our Pacific-Islanders were able to stay here this summer. We’ve had 75 percent of our team here this summer.”
Aug. 14 — at Judge Memorial, 7 p.m.
Aug. 21 — WHITE PINE, NEV., 4 p.m.
Aug. 28 — PAROWAN, 4 p.m.
Sept. 4 — at North Summit, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 — PROVIDENCE HALL, 4 p.m.
Sept. 18 — RICH, 4 p.m.
Oct. 2 — DUCHESNE, 4 p.m.
Oct. 9 — MONTICELLO, 4 p.m.
Oct. 14 — at Gunnison Valley, 7 p.m.
Layton Christian Offensive Snapshot
Offensive coordinator: Nate Hoggan
2019 offense: 10.8 ppg (12th in 2A)
- 6 returning starters
- Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
- Malik Johnson (WR)
- Edmison Lenidrik (WR)
- Seisoni Felila (OL)
- Sionatane Sitaleki Latu (OL)
- Bill Lenidrik (OL)
- Faeamani Vaitaki (OL)
Offensive newcomers to watch
- Roderick Richards III (WR/RB)
- Ryan Zaher (WR)
- Manu Vaitaki (RB)
- Tucker Prescott (QB)
- Joshua Tinoifili (OL)
Coach Feldman’s keys for offensive success in 2020:
“We just need to stick to what we do best, just being patient and allowing things to happen. About 50 percent of my staff has a lot of high school background, we just have to remember that as coaches we can’t get excited, we have to be patient and allow things to happen. Do what we do best and build on that while we’re working on the little pieces. I just have to make sure our receivers hold onto the ball.”
Layton Christian Defensive Snapshot
Defensive coordinator: Robert Cox
2019 defense: 32.4 ppg (11th in 2A)
- 6 returning starters
- 5-2 defense
Returning defensive starters
- David Brown (DB)
- Malik Johnson (DB)
- Edmison Lenidrik (DB)
- Tevita Aho Pome’e (DL)
- Faeamani Vaitaki (DL)
- Manu Lutui Vaitaki (LB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
- Roderick Richards III (S)
- Joshua Tinoifili (DL)
Coach Feldman’s keys for defensive success in 2020:
“Some of my kids that are really going to contribute this year, last year was their first year ever playing football — but they were maybe a rugby player or something along those lines. So the biggest thing on the defensive side is to get these kids to truly learn the game. To me defense is so much more intricate because of the coverages and how you have to do everything, there’s a lot more to learn. That’s the hardest thing, to get these kids to tackle properly, making sure they understand zone coverage, making sure they’re going to understand all the different schemes they are going to see.”
Coaches preseason 2A North straw poll
- North Summit
- Layton Christian
- Gunnison Valley
Deseret News outlook for 2020
With a new coach and a very young football team, success for Layton Christian probably won’t be measured by wins and losses in 2020. Laying the foundation and simply trying to be more competitive than last year are more realistic goals. New coach Scott Feldman is by nature very organized, and he’ll hope that attention to detail pays dividends with improved performances on Friday nights.
Felt’s Facts for Layton Christian
- All-time record: 60-100 (16 years)
- Region championships: 0
- Playoff appearances: 11
- All-time playoff record: 2-11
- State championships: 0
- State championship record: 0-1
- Most played rivalry: 17 meetings with Duchesne dating back to 2004. Duchesne leads 16-1.
Last 5 Seasons
- 2019 — 2-7 (1-4 in 2A North – 2A First round)
- 2018 — 3-7 (1-2 in 1A North – 1A Quarterfinals)
- 2017 — 6-5 (2-1 in 1A North – 1A Quarterfinals)
- 2016 — 7-4 (2-2 in 1A North – 1A Quarterfinals)
- 2015 — 2-9 (1-3 in 1A North – 1A First round)
Layton Christian coaching history
- 2020 — Scott Feldman (0-0)
- 2019 — Foto Katoa (2-7)
- 2016-2018 — Andru Jones (16-16)
- 2013-2015 — Doyle Holt (10-21)
- 2012 — Kitt Rawlings (3-7)
- 2007-2011 — Will Hawes (21-29)
- 2006 — Henry Lusk (5-5)
- 2004-2005 — Sam Russell (3-15)
Deseret News All-State Archives
Check out our archives of Deseret News all-state teams from 1929 to 2019 at Deseret.com.
Layton Christian All-State at-a-glance
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
- 2018 — Dustin Moffo, DE/RB
- 2018 — Jaice Holt, QB/DB
- 2017 — Ryleigh McCombs, WR/DB
- 2017 — Dustin Moffo, RB/LB
- 2017 — Jaice Holt, QB
- 2016 — Christian Moffo, RB/LB
- 2016 — Pedro Silva, WR/DB
- 2015 — Grayson Jackson, QB/FS
- 2013— Leroy Sisnett, TE/DE
- 2012 — Colin Greenhill, RB/LB
- 2011 — Brandon Faison, RB/DB
- 2011 — Colin Greenhill, RB/LB
- 2011 — Eliyah Mayberry, RB/LB
- 2011 — Quincy Mason, WR/DE
- 2010 — Henri Jussila, RB/LB