Head Coach: Joel Higginson

2015 record: 5-7 overall, 3-3 Region 8 (T-3rd)

Playoffs: Lost to Highland 41-7 in 4A first round.

Players to watch: Vili Wolgramm, SR. RB/LB; Garrett Lloyd, Sr. WR/DB; James Nelson, Jr. QB; Kaden Stewart, Sr. DL; Brook Vaitohi, Jr. RB/LB

Outlook: A pair of key injuries to the offensive line grounded Salem Hills’ running game last year but this season the Skyhawks hope that an experienced and healthy offensive line will help them strike more of an offensive balance. If that happens, this team could not only make the playoffs but avoid an early exit.

“We had a hard time running the ball last year,” said coach Joel Higginson. “We got better at the end of the year and I think having four returning starters on the offensive line will help us be more effective running the ball this year. Overall, we’re pretty experienced but we don’t have a lot of depth so I hope we can avoid some major injuries and that we can get good play from our quarterback position.”

The offense returns eight starters including offensive lineman Hunter Morgenson, Cody Yong, Conner Weight and Justin House.

Vili Wolfgramm and Brook Vaitohi have the experience to carry the ground game which should help give the Skyhawks time to break in a new quarterback.

It looks like James Nelson will start at quarterback. He had been in a battle with Ricky Ferrell, a move-in from Provo High, for the starting spot.

Jacob Wolfe, Coleman Jacklin, Cole Griffin and Garrett Lloyd should help the Skyhawks develop options at wide receiver.

The defense returns Jacob Rolfe, Kaden Stewart and Jayden Barnum on the defensive line along with  Wolgramm and Vaitohi at linebacker. Kunz and Garrett Lloyd return in the defensive backfield that should make the defense very difficult to consistently move the ball against.

Tradition: “We started doing a veterans' night four years ago which has turned into our biggest night of the year. Our players line up on the field before the game with a military veteran. We also do a dinner before the game and have fireworks. It’s something our players really love to do.” – Salem Hills football coach Joel Higginson

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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