SYRACUSE -- According to many coaches in their own region, the Syracuse Titans should be in a great position to win the Region 1 title again.
The problem, according to Titans head coach Russ Jones, none of that should even matter.
"We are an entirely new team compared to last year," Jones said. "We've always told the kids that we take it one game at a time, one play at a time and one practice at a time. That's what this particular group believes in and they are working hard to make sure that they are doing just that."
Jones has every right to believe in those words, although having a bunch of returning starters on defense that held opponents to a season-low nine points per game until the state title game coming back might lead others to think they are primed to win again.
"It's a new year," Jones added. "The kids have put in some serious work in the offseason and our summer was really good. We want to just play hard and get better."
The offense will be looking to quarterback Kole Tracy to lead the offense while all-around athlete Kavika Fonua (a recent BYU commit) will carry a load on his shoulders.
The defense will look to Wyatt German and Teague Vigil to lead defensive coordinator Dayne Faerber's 4-3 scheme.
"It's a tough region with tough teams and we need to get better in order to compete in this tough region," Jones said.
Syracuse opens its season on the road against a tough Box Elder squad on Friday.