OGDEN -- When it comes down to it, the Ogden Tigers are in a pretty good position.
You see, they are like the quiet kid that sits in the corner and listens to all of the chatter and talk about how they are inferior and will take their lumps in the balanced Region 5 football battles.
Little does everyone know that the quiet kid is ready to take the fight to anyone and everyone.
"The kids are listening to the chatter from everyone -- they can hear what people are saying," Ogden coach Kent Taylor said. "They can't help it. No one wants to go to battle for these kids except for themselves. I am willing to stand by them as well and I like what we have coming back this season."
If it's the underdog role that the Tigers are embracing, they certainly aren't acting like it.
"We want to let people know that we are going to play from the start of the whistle to the final whistle," Taylor added. "The thing we want as a team is to get better every day. These kids have had some great coaches lately and we want to continue building things in a positive direction. We will tweak a few things from the past coaches to make sure that we have the kids on the field to put us in a great position to be successful on each and every play."
Coach Taylor will rely on the play of some great playmakers in the backfield and on the edges. The hidden gem in all of this might be Josh Shackleford, a bruising, lightning quick tailback that has D1 potential if given the chance. He will be part of the stable that includes Parker Smith and some others that will band together to play some good football. The Tigers will rely on quarterback Michael Richardson to get these players the ball.
The defense will look to senior lineman Ben Richards up front while Shackleford and Richardson will also line up to play some defense to keep teams off the scoreboard.
"There are some things that won't be talked about, but we feel like we are ready to play and raring to go. The kids have put in the work during the offseason and even with smaller numbers, the culture is to get kids out and ready to play."