High school football: Corner Canyon Chargers 2020 preview

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Here’s an in-depth look at the Corner Canyon Chargers football team heading into the 2020 season.

Note: Corner Canyon finished with a 14-0 overall record in 2019 and was first in Region 4 with a 5-0 record. It was RPI seed No. 1 in 6A playoffs, and defeated American Fork 49-14 in championship.

DRAPER — One year removed from proving one of the more dominant teams in state history, Corner Canyon doesn’t appear to be much in decline.

For starters, the offense returns almost entirely intact, although it may prove challenging to replace quarterback Cole Hagen. But given another promising quarterback, and eight returning starters around him, things appear to well on track for Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar and his team.

“We have a lot of key parts returning, from our center, Jackson Light, along with running back Austin Bell, and then some really good and productive receivers,” Kjar said. “So overall we’re feeling good that we can become a real good team again.”

Goals are necessarily high for the Chargers, given their successes over the past few seasons. Nothing short of a state championship is the goal, and a very achievable one given the amount of returning talent, coupled with the program’s built-in success.

“We have a few more guys to replace on defense, but yeah, we feel good heading into the season,” Kjar said. “We’ve established a level of play here that’s pretty high, so working to match that level of expectation isn’t easy, but we’re working to get there.”

Corner Canyon Chargers at a glance
Coach Kjar’s thoughts on how his players dealt the COVID-19 adversity in the spring and summer:

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“The kids have been good with it, but the hard part is what comes at them from the media, and then figuring out what it all really means for them and their ability to play this coming season. It’s really hard on them just because of what football means to all these kids. So having any suggestion that they may not be able to play — it’s devastating.

“I don’t know if people realize just how much it affects the kids when they post the things they do on Twitter and other places. Playing football is everything for these kids right now. They want to play so bad, and it’s tough for me, as their coach, to see them go through all of it. But it appears we’re on track now, and yeah, I’m just real proud of all my kids in dealing with it as best they can. The mental and emotional side effects of this thing is profound, though, and I don’t think a lot of people have been able to see it.”

Corner Canyon offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Eric Kjar

2019 offense: 45.8 (1st in 6A)

2019 offensive statistics
8 returning starters
spread offense
Returning offensive starters
Noah Kjar (WR)
Cody Hagen (WR)
Talmage Handley (WR)
Austin Bell (RB)
Luke Sampson (OL)
Jackson Light (OL)
Dawson Jacobsen (OL)
Jett Meine (WR)
Offensive newcomers to watch
Jaxson Dart (QB)
Brennon Mangum (OL)
Coach Kjar’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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