The three high schools in Cache Valley have a lot going for them on the football field. Each of the three teams (Mountain Crest, Sky View and Logan) each made the playoffs with the Mustangs from Mountain Crest making it to the championship game before tasting defeat to the Timpview Thunderbirds in overtime.
This year, all three are poised to make another run to the top of the region table with some key players allowing for Grizzlies coach Mike Favero, Mustangs coach Mark Wootton and Bobcats coach Craig Anhder to seek another state title shot.
At Sky View, coach Anhder is going to rely heavily on returning starting quarterback Braxton Godderidge to get the ball to playmakers such as bruising running back Dane Anderson and wide receiver Logan Miller. The Bobcats also have some big boys up front such as Seth White who is being recruited by some local and out of state colleges to play at the next level.
This also includes some defensive players such as senior linebacker Robert Ercanbrack and sophomore Max Christensen, who could be one of the best to come through Anhder's program.
The story at Mountain Crest remains the same.
Winning at every level takes commitment and that hasn't changed with this year's group.
Led by University of Utah recruit Kyle Christiansen up front, the Mustangs find themselves in the position of being big up front and having the ability to beat teams both running the rock and slinging it around. There is a quarterback battle going on that makes it seem like coach Wootten can't decide on a starter, but make no mistake that both guys can play multiple spots.
Running back Gaje Ferguson will look to make plays out of the backfield while the receiving corps is also very talented. The defense has guys that can play both sides of the ball and their commitment comes with winning.
Logan has a familiar face running through the program.
Riley Nelson returns to the school where he produced some of the best high school numbers in history for a while to be the offensive coordinator for younger brother Chase Nelson.
Make no mistake, while Nelson isn't very experienced on the offensive side of the ball, coach Favero knows that there are plenty of weapons out there that will allow for Nelson to get his feet wet before the Region 5 battles start.