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High school football: Milford Tigers 2020 preview

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

Note: Milford finished with an 11-2 overall record in 2019 and was second in 2A South with a 5-1 record. It was RPI seed No. 2 in the 2A playoffs, and was eliminated by Beaver 45-6 in the championship.


MILFORD — Replacing key graduated players is something just about every high school team has to do just about every year, but it’s an extreme case for the Milford Tigers at quarterback in 2020.

From 2016-2019, all Bryson Barnes did was set a new state record for career passing touchdowns and finish in the top five in career passing yards (second), attempts (third) and completions (fourth). Along the way, the Tigers won two state titles.

Barnes walked on at the University of Utah, and now Milford will have to enter a new era.

“He’s great, but you always have to replace somebody like that after four years,” Tigers head coach Thane Marshall said. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’ve got a kid that’s really impressed us all this summer.”

That kid is sophomore Bo Hardy, who continues a family line at quarterback at Milford.

Beside Hardy’s abilities — Marshall said he’s probably a better runner out in space than Barnes — one thing that gives Marshall confidence that things can work is that Hardy will have what Marshall considers a deeper receiving corps to throw to than Barnes ever had.

“Bryson always had two or three, but this kid’s going to have four or five,” Marshall said. “I really think that this is probably the best set of receivers that we’ve put on the field since we’ve been here.”

The leading receiver from 2019, Bret Beebe, is back, Heston Sullivan returns from injury, Barnes’ brother Blake will be there and Trey Rose and Corbin Dalton have been impressive this summer, Marshall said. Bo Hardy’s brother Casek will be the primary running back.

“We’ll be young across the line and we’ll be young at quarterback, but we were young and inexperienced four years ago, too, and we fared pretty good,” Marshall said.


Milford Tigers at a glance

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

“I don’t get my kids until the middle of June anyway because they all do other sports, so it actually put everybody else on the same playing field as me.”

Milford Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Wes Marshall

2019 offense: 35.5 ppg (3rd in 2A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Five returning starters
  • Spread/Air Raid offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Bret Beebe (WR)
  • Heston Sullivan (WR)
  • Blake Barnes (WR)
  • Ryder Ambrose (OL)
  • Spencer Slade (OL)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Trey Rose (WR)
  • Corbin Dalton (WR)
  • Casek Hardy (RB)
  • Skyler Williams (OL)
  • Calvin Holm (OL)
  • Elias Romero (OL)
Coach Marshall’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We’ve got to give Bo time. He’s going to be young and inexperienced...if our running backs can run the football, we’ll be successful, and it all starts with the offensive line.”


Milford Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Isaako Aaitui

2019 defense: 22.8 ppg (6th in 2A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Seven returning starters
  • 4-3 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Blake Barnes (DB)
  • Bret Beebe (DB)
  • Heston Sullivan (DB)
  • Casek Hardy (LB)
  • James Wintch (LB)
  • Kyden Peters (LB)
  • Spencer Slade (DL)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Elias Romero (DL)
  • Ryder Ambrose (DL)
  • Skyler Williams (DL)
  • Dylan Cheney (DL)
  • Quaid Thompson (LB)
  • Corbin Dalton (DB)
  • Jex Netto (DB)
Coach Marshall’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“We’re not going to be quite as fancy and classy as we have been the last couple years, but we’re going to be the blue collar, get down and dirty and get it done.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

Bryson Barnes was such a transformative player that it’s hard to envision Milford having the same level of success as it has had over the last four years. That said, new quarterback Bo Hardy will have receivers to throw to, so the offense could still be very good if the line can hold up. The defense is pretty experienced, but how well can it hold up?


Felt’s Facts for Milford

  • All-time record: 257-395-11 (78 years)

  • Region championships: 5 (1990, 1991, 1999 co, 2017, 2018)

  • Playoff appearances: 34
  • All-time playoff record: 21-31
  • State championships: 3 (1993, 2017, 2018)

  • State championship record: 3-2

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


Last 5 Seasons

  • 2019 — 11-2 (5-1 in 2A South – 2A Runner-up)
  • 2018 — 12-0 (3-0 in 1A South – 1A Champions)
  • 2017 — 11-1 (3-0 in 1A South – 1A Champions)
  • 2016 — 7-4 (3-1 in 1A South – 1A Semifinals)
  • 2015 — 5-5 (1-3 in 1A South – 1A Quarterfinals)

Milford coaching history

  • 2014-current — Thane Marshall (50-18) *2 State Titles
  • 2010-2013 — Brian Williamson (11-30)

  • 2007-2009 — Robert Langston (8-24)

  • 2000-2006 — Ricky Rose (22-51)

  • 1999 — Daren Cheney (9-3)

  • 1995-1998 — Robert Langston (14-23)

  • 1994 — Franklin Bramall (9-2)

  • 1993 — Mike Grajek (7-3) *1 State Title
  • 1992 — Cleve Weaver (6-5)

  • 1990-1991 — Brennan Jackson (18-4)

  • 1986-1989 — Marvin Magalei (7-26)

  • 1980-1985 — Kevin Barnes (25-28)

  • 1978-1979 — Joe Hillock (2-13)

  • 1977 — Dave Houle (1-7)

  • 1976 — Monte Lee (2-6)

  • 1973-1975 — Bob Andrus (9-20)

  • 1968-1972 — unknown (13-28-2)

  • 1967 — Dick Payne (0-7)

  • 1964-1966 — Ivan Rowley (9-14-1)

  • 1963 — unknown (3-4)

  • 1962 — Jerry Davids (1-6)

  • 1953-1961 — Lee Petty (22-39-3)

  • 1949-1952 — unknown (3-19-2)


Milford All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
  • 2018 — Bryson Barnes, QB
  • 2017 — Ty Netto, RB/SS
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2019 — Bryson Barnes, QB
  • 2019 — Bret Beebe, WR
  • 2019 — Zachary Sherwood, WR
  • 2019 — Ike Keller, OL
  • 2019 — Russell Walker, DL
  • 2018 — Paxton Henrie, WR/S
  • 2018 — Alec Williams, OL/MLB
  • 2018 — Ike Keller, OL/DL
  • 2018 — Wyatt Parker, DL/OT
  • 2018 — Gage Griffiths, RB/LB
  • 2018 — Russell Walker, OL/DL
  • 2017 — Isiah Montoya, K
  • 2017 — Trae Williamson, OL/LB
  • 2017 — Colton Pomerinke, WR/DB
  • 2017 — Jaxon Davis, WR/LB
  • 2017 — Cole Wilson, WR/DB
  • 2017 — Stetson Wright, WR/DB
  • 2017 — Bryson Barnes, QB
  • 2016 — Bryson Barnes, QB
  • 2016 — Ty Netto, RB/DB
  • 2016 — Trae Williamson, OL/LB
  • 2016 — Isiah Montoya, K
  • 2016 — Jaxon Davis, WR/LB
  • 2015 — Jordan Hardy, QB
  • 2014 — Wade Netto, RB/LB
  • 2014 — Nathan Barnes, WR/DB
  • 2013 — Wade Netto, RB/SS

  • 2011 — Mauricio Hernandez, WR/DB

  • 2010 — Chad Netto, OL/LB