Head Coach: Preston Parrish (NEW IN 2016)

2015 record: 5-6 overall, 3-3 Region 8 (T-3rd)

Playoffs: Lost to East 63-6 in 4A first round.

Players to watch: Jaxon Higginson, Sr. WR; Colt Condie, Sr. WR; Landan Jensen, Sr. LB; Kamea Harmon, Sr. DL; Nate Matis, Sr. LB

Outlook: First-year coach Preston Parrish would like to get the ball into the hands of Jaxon Higginson and Colton Condie, who are two of the biggest offensive threats at wide receiver.

But as he implements a new offensive scheme, his top priority for the 2016 season will be to be more productive in the running game.

Parish comes to Spanish Fork after working as an assistant coach at Davis for 10 years. He plans on running the spread offense but he knows the team must get its ground game going.

“I hope we will be efficient running the ball whether that be 90 percent of the time or 15 percent of the time," Parrish said. "We would like to be able to control the tempo of the game. When we open it up and throw the ball I would like to get it to our playmakers at wide receiver, who are really good when they get the ball with space.”   

The running game will be carried in large part by Noah Conway and Mateen Lomax. When the Dons throw, quarterback Carson Chappell will be looking for Higginson, Condie and Wei Stanton.

Higginson was the team’s deep threat last year. He had 619 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Parrish feels like the strength of the team will rest with the offensive and defensive line. Kamea Harmon, a senior, is a returning starter on the defensive line.

Nate Matis is a returning starter at linebacker. The Dons find enough talent to surround those players to keep opposing teams from lighting up the scoreboard.

Tradition: “I know that our baseball program has a tradition of winning at Spanish Fork. They don’t just hope that good things are going to happen, they expect it and that’s what I hope we can do with the football program.” – head coach Preston Parrish

Daily Herald sports writer Neil K. Warner can be reached at nwarner@heraldextra.com.

Twitter: @theGreatZuke

Neil K. Warner has been a sports writer for 25 years. He is the author of four books and is also known as the Great Zuke. He primarily covers Preps, Utah Valley University and BYU.

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