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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.
Morgan High's football team has been a small-school power for so many years in Utah that it is easy to take the Trojans for granted.
The northern Utah team has won six state titles and 21 league titles. In the 15 years coach Kovi Christiansen has worked at the school, the team has never failed to make the state tournament. In fact, he said he can't remember the last time the Trojans did not make it to state.
That said, this year's team has some challenges to face in tough Class 3A North.
The main thing is that the Trojans have only three starters returning from a year ago, making them quite inexperienced. And Christiansen said the team is on the small side.
That sad, success often breeds success.
"It does help us a little bit," said the veteran coach about past success. "These guys got to practice all year with those guys. Being around competitors has helped their competitive drive as well. We are hoping that will carry over and be good for us."
Morgan runs a little bit of everything in its offense, but is primarily a run-oriented double-wing team.
Last year • 9-3 (lost in 3A semifinals)
Key returner • Bridger Streadbeck, defensive end and wide receiver.
Player to watch • Running back Jake Peterson, who played well a year ago.
Biggest hole • Morgan lacks experience, with only three returning starters back, and is on the small side.
Need to know • In the 15 years coach Kovi Christiansen has been at Morgan High, the Trojans have never missed a state tournament.