The Red Devils, who went 10-2 last year and were the runners-up for the 2A state championship, are hosting the Duchesne Eagles, last year’s 1A state champions, at this week’s camp. The two schools have staged their preseason camps with each other for the past several years, alternating the location.
As the camp got underway on Monday, the Red Devil squad had a total of about 35 players dressed out and participating.
“We could use a few more players,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells, now in his 13th year guiding Grand’s team.
Although the Red Devils lost a dozen top players last year to graduation, this year’s crop of seniors should help the team stay competitive in the 2A South region, Wells said.
“All nine of our seniors this year have varsity playing experience,” Wells said.
Players also voiced confidence that the Red Devils will again have a strong football season.
“We should be very competitive again this year,” added GCHS senior Tanner White, who has experience at quarterback but may be utilized at tight end on offense.
In addition to White, the other seniors on this year’s team are Koby Sobremesana, Jasen Christensen, Ronnie Dolphin, Adam Flanders, Josh Harris, Justin Hawks, Stephen Messick and Qordale Tsosie. They will be joined by a handful of juniors, most of whom also have varsity playing experience, including Seth Holyoak, Dalton McElhaney, Brandon Secrest, Colton Cathey, and Josh Stalpes. A young but talented crop of underclassmen, including sophomores Joseph Shumway and Nolan Beeman, is also expected to contribute both offensively and defensively, as well as on special teams.
The Red Devils are scheduled to start their 2014 season schedule on Friday, Aug. 22 with a non-region away game at Carbon High in Price. Grand’s first home game will be the following week, on Aug. 29 against Rifle, Colorado.
Grand’s first region contest will be Sept. 5 at North Sevier in Salina. The Red Devils will then play two straight home games, against South Sevier on Sept. 12 and against Beaver on Sept. 19. Grand will then face Enterprise on the road Sept. 26, followed by a home game vs. Summit Academy on Oct. 3.
Grand’s last two games of the regular season will be a contest at Parowan on Oct. 10, followed by a home game against San Juan on Oct. 17. All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Parowan game, which starts at 5 p.m.