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High school football: Beaver Beavers 2020 preview

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

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Note: Beaver finished with a 13-0 overall record in 2019 and was first in 2A South with a 6-0 record. It was RPI seed No. 1 in the 2A playoffs, and defeated Milford 45-6 in championship.


BEAVER — With as much experience as defending 2A state champion Beaver has returning in 2020, there might only be one team that’s capable of dethroning the champs — and that’s itself.

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Head coach: Jon Marshall

Entering his fourth season as Beaver’s head football coach on top of the 24 years he’s been the girls basketball coach. Beaver’s football teams have an impressive 31-6 record in his three seasons in charge, including state titles in 2017 and 2019. He’s led Beaver’s girls basketball team to nine state titles, the third most in state history. He’s a graduate of Beaver High School and Southern Utah University.

It’s something Beaver coach Jonathan Marshall reminds his team about often.

“It’s not an easy thing when day after day everybody is telling you how great you are, and we’ve got to fight that. We’re going to have to fight being complacent,” said Marshall.

A year ago Beaver had the No. 1 offense and defense in 2A and ran the tables on a perfect 13-0 season.

With seven starters back on offense and eight on defense, it’s easy to see why expectations are so high this season.

“We’re really excited. Our program is in a good place right now. Our biggest focus is we’ve got to make sure we’re working hard and doing things right. Yes we do have a lot of good players back and we feel good about that,” said Marshall.

Beaver is loaded with returning skill position players, including Turner Williams and Treyson Hunter, who are battling for the QB spot. The bigger question marks are who will step into the three vacant offensive line positions.

The same goes defensively with some key positions to fill, but Marshall said there are plenty of options to choose from, it’s figuring out the puzzle of who fits best where.


Beaver Beavers at a glance

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

“The hardest thing was the unknown, the not knowing if we were going to get started. We had our plan in place. With us small schools we really don’t start anything with football until the end of May and they’re done with spring sports. When we were able to get started in the first of June we had great numbers, great turnout. I think the kids were tired of being cooped up. We’ve probably had the best numbers we’ve had in years as far as the summer. I think the kids are really excited.”

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2020 Schedule


Aug. 14 — GRAND, 7 p.m.

Aug. 21 — at Delta, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 — at South Summit, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 — NORTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — at Milford, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 — GRANTSVILLE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — at Enterprise, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — at Kanab, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 — MILLARD, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 — PAROWAN, 7 p.m.

Beaver Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Jonathan Marshall

2019 offense: 25.9 ppg (1st in 2A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • 8 returning starters
  • Wing-T/Triple Option offense
Returning offensive starters
  • EJ Allred (FB)
  • Cutler Edwards (OL)
  • Jake Eichorn (OL)
  • Crayton Hollingshead (RB)
  • Hunter Carter (WB/Slot)
  • Turner Williams (RB/Slot/QB)
  • Statler Wright (Slot)
  • Ky Brown (WR)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Treyson Hunter (QB)
  • Nate Benson (C)
  • Cort Raddon (OL)
  • Damon Munoz (OL)
  • Dylan Bartlett (OL)
  • Griffin Orton (OL)
Coach Marshall’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“For us, we want to run the football. I know it’s kind of the opposite with what we’re seeing with a lot of teams. Last year we threw the ball five or six times a game, and not because we can’t throw the ball. We can definitely throw the football, but for us it’s all about running the football. Last year the key to our success is we were able to run over people. We’re hoping we can run the football effectively again, we had three 1,000(-yard) rushers last year. Obviously if we can get that kind of output again that’s good news for us.”


Beaver Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Steve Hutchings

2019 defense: 5.7 ppg (1st in 2A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • 7 returning starters
  • 4-2-5 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Treyson Hunter (S)
  • EJ Allred (LB)
  • Sheldon Lebaron (DE)
  • Crayton Hollingshead (CB)
  • Bryton Langston (LB)
  • Cutler Edwards (DL/DE)
  • Cort Raddon (DL)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Caleb Rocinson (CB)
  • Caden Carter (CB)
  • Turner Williams (OLB)
Coach Marshall’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“For us it’s all about stopping the run, even though a lot of teams are throwing the ball. For us our No. 1 focus is defending and stopping the run. We have a very veteran group back.”

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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

Beaver is the cleat-cut team to beat in 2A this season, and would probably compete in the upper half of 3A if it could. Aside for injuries, which can disrupt anyone’s aspirations, if anything is going to potentially slow down Beaver this year it’s uncertainty on the offensive line. Only two starters are back from last year’s dominant group, but all indicators are the newcomers won’t skip a beat as Beaver tries to march toward another perfect season.


Felt’s Facts for Beaver


  • All-time record: 480-257-11 (80 years)

  • Region championships: 17 (1962, 1965 co, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992 co, 1994 co, 2002 co, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Playoff appearances: 53
  • All-time playoff record: 72-41

  • State championships: 12 (1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2015, 2016, 2019)

  • State championship record: 12-10

  • Most played rivalry: 92 meetings with Kanab dating back to 1950. Beaver leads 54-38.


Last 5 Seasons

  • 2019 — 13-0 (6-0 in 2A South – 2A Champions)
  • 2018 — 8-4 (3-2 in 2A South – 2A Semifinals)
  • 2017 — 10-2 (5-0 in 2A South – 2A Runner-up)
  • 2016 — 11-1 (4-1 in 2A South – 2A Champions)
  • 2015 — 11-1 (5-0 in 2A South – 2A Champions)

Beaver coaching history


  • 2017-current — Jon Marshall (31-6) *1 State Title
  • 2016 — Randy Hunter (11-1) *1 State Title
  • 2005-2015 — Steve Hutchings (65-52) *1 State Title
  • 1999-2004 — Brandon Draper (41-25)

  • 1989-1998 — Alan Raddon (64-40) *1 State Title
  • 1963-1988 — Al Marshall (218-70) *8 State Titles
  • 1955-1962 — Pat Lindsay (26-24)

  • 1954 — Unknown (2-5)

  • 1950-1953 — Lamont Thornock (11-14)

  • 1949 — Unknown (4-3)


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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.

Beaver All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News MVPS the past 10 years

  • 2019 — Ryker Albrecht, QB
  • 2016 — Dillon Smith, RB/LB
  • 2015 — Matt Roberts, QB/FS
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2019 — EJ Allred, RB
  • 2019 — Treyson Harris, OL
  • 2019 — Cutler Edwards, OL
  • 2019 — McCoy Smith, DL
  • 2019 — Sheldon LeBaron, DL
  • 2019 — Kaleb Barney, LB
  • 2019 — Alex Hollingshead, LB
  • 2019 — Crayton Hollingshead, DB
  • 2019 — Treyson Hunter, DB
  • 2018 — McCoy Smith, TE/DE

  • 2018 — Preston Roberts, LB
  • 2017 — Tyce Raddon, LB
  • 2017 — Brody Munoz, OL
  • 2017 — Austin Carter, OL
  • 2017 — Walter LeBaron, TE
  • 2017 — Porter Hollingshead, QB
  • 2016 — Jordan Hardy, QB/SS
  • 2016 — Tyce Raddon, RB/LB
  • 2016 — McCoy Bergstrom, LB
  • 2016 — Austin Carter, OL/LB
  • 2016 — Taylor Macdonald, P
  • 2015 — Brennon Hutchings, WR/DB
  • 2015 — Brantson Blackburn, TE/DE
  • 2015 — Kord Snyder, OL/DL
  • 2015 — Keaton Fails, LB/K
  • 2014 — Matt Roberts, QB/LB
  • 2014 — Brantson Blackburn, TE/DE
  • 2013 — Kasen Hutchings, QB/LB

  • 2013 — Jesse McMullin, RB/LB

  • 2013 — Michael Roberts, WR/DB

  • 2013 — Bailey Bradshaw, OL/LB

  • 2012 — Kendall White, TE/LB

  • 2012 — Tyler Terry, OL/DL

  • 2011 — Jeremy Brown, RB/DB

  • 2010 — Slade Edwards, FB/LB