High school football: Led by QB Noah Fuailetolo, Desert Hills’ experience makes it clear front-runner in Region 10

A quality returning starter at quarterback is a luxury that can completely change the outlook for a football team. That’s exactly the case for Desert Hills in Region 10.

A year ago Desert Hills was pegged to finish third in the region under first-year coach Rick Berry, but led by junior Noah Fuailetolo it ran the tables in league play to claim its first region title since 2015. The Thunder were bounced from the playoffs earlier than expected in a heartbreaking loss to Pine View, but with Fuailetolo returning at QB, the bull’s-eye is squarely placed on them.

Berry absolutely loves the scenario his players will be facing.

“Like I told the kids we aren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year, and I like that. I like the expectation that we have to go out every single week and perform,” said Berry.

That’s usually the case in Region 10 for every team, but Desert Hills got a reminder of that in the playoffs. In the final game of the regular season Desert Hills beat Pine View comfortably 38-17, but two weeks later after a first-round bye lost to the Panthers 37-35 in the quarterfinals on a touchdown on the final play of the game.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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