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2022 Daily Herald High School Football Previews: New head coach looks to keep Springville rolling

By Jared Lloyd - | Aug 6, 2022

Springville quarterback Ryder Burton throws a pass during the 5A semifinal game against Orem at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Harold Mitchell, Special to the Herald)

Head Coach: Dave Valeti (first season)

2021 record: 11-2 overall, 4-1 Region 9

Playoffs: No. 1 seed, lost to No. 7 Lehi 35-6 in 5A championship

Players to Watch: Ryder Burton 6-2 180 Sr. QB, Walker Deede 6-3 210 Sr. TE, Dallin Johnson 6-4 275 Sr. OL/DL, Tevita Valeti 6-0 195 Jr. RB, Will Monney 6-2 175 Sr. WR/DB

Outlook: It isn’t easy to take over as the head coach at a high school that is coming off a great season and reached the 5A state championship game, but Springville’s Dave Valeti is ready for the challenge.

His first point of emphasis is that what happened in 2021 is irrelevant now.

We know last year’s success has zero bearing on this year,” Valeti said. “I expect to see my team compete. I hope to see our senior leader’s continue to develop and unite the team. I also expect to see continual improvement from our guys throughout the season, on every level.”

He wants to build on the traditions of past coaches that have pushed the Red Devils to excel.

“We have been preparing very hard since early January,” Valeti said. “We know that the process we have developed over the years here with coaches like Willy Child, Doug Bills, Ray Newberry and many more, have helped us find a ‘Springville’ process that works.”

He believes that the key for this year’s squad will be its ability to handle adversity.

“We need to be mentally strong enough to overcome the hardships you face every season,” Valeti said. “If we can overcome those types of things, we have the ability to be really tough to beat.”

Team Captains: “Our team captain’s are selected by their peers after the first phase of our off-season program,” Valeti said. “It is a HUGE honor here at Springville because a lot of what we want to do is ‘player-led.’ Captains have many responsibilities, but the biggest one we ask is to be ‘tone-setters’ in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field. They are also communication links between players and coaches.”

2022 Schedule

Friday, Aug 12 at Dixie

Friday, Aug 19 Skyline

Friday, Aug 26 at Bountiful

Friday, Sept 2 Riverton

Friday, Sept 9 at Spanish Fork

Thursday, Sept 15 Provo

Friday, Sept 23 Wasatch

Friday, Sept 30 at Maple Mountain

Thursday, Oct 6 at Salem Hills

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