Prep football preview: Parowan Rams
EDITOR'S NOTE • This is one in a series of previews of Utah's high school football programs. They will run throughout the summer leading up to the 2014 regular season, which begins Aug. 21.
The Rams of Parowan believe they've turned the corner.
After going two years without a true varsity win (their lone victory in that stretch came against a Cedar junior varsity squad), Parowan tasted success last year, putting up a 6-5 record and making it to the Class 2A quarterfinals.
And they have no intention of going backward this year.
"Our guys are showing a day-in-and-day-out willingness to work hard for success," coach Brigham Nielsen says. "Last year's senior class had the most successful year that Parowan has probably ever had football-wise. â¦ They really changed the attitude and the culture around here. We're just looking for our guys to continue to do that."
The Rams will start the year with a new quarterback, Brenen Rowley.
It will be his job to get the ball to First-Team All-State wideout Justice Walker.
"He's not the biggest or the fastest receiver, but he just has an ability to find the openings and make great plays," Nielsen said. "He makes people miss. And he's a great leader, too. He's been a great leader in the weight room this year and off the field. He's really embraced his role."
Last year • 6-5
Key returner • Wide receiver Justice Walker was a First-Team All-State selection last year.
Player to watch • Brenen Rowley is the No. 1 option at quarterback heading into the year.
Biggest hole • The Rams lost key starters on the defensive line.
Need to know • Parowan went two seasons (2011, 2012) without a varsity victory.