High school football: Stansbury Stallions pegged as Region 7 favorite

Lehi and Stansbury compete in a 5A football semifinal game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

It may be hard to believe that the Stansbury Stallions were a 3A football team six seasons ago.

After four seasons in 4A, the Stallions moved up and got their first shot at 5A last season, and as consistency has defined coach Eric Alder’s program through every year, it didn’t appear they needed any time to adjust. The Stallions finished with a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 5A state semifinals, losing to the RPI-busting eventual champion Lehi.

Owing to that, and their undefeated run through Region 7 last season, it’s no wonder that not a single coach in the region had a different team in mind to vote No. 1.

Alder, entering his fourth year with the Stallions, will get his first chance to coach a team entirely brought up under him and his staff.

“I feel like our leadership is as good as it’s ever been,” Alder said. “We’ve great accountability amongst kids. I’ve almost been able (to) step (aside) and let the program run itself. Our culture and our habits are pretty well established.”

That leadership comes on both sides of the ball as the Stallions return six offensive starters and four defensive starters. Seniors Michael Geovjian and Dylan Hamilton and junior Falinisi Vaka return as two-way starters. On defense, junior Easton Baker, who earned All-State first-team honors in his sophomore year, returns to his outside linebacker spot.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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