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Two days into fall camp, first-year Borah head coach Jason Burton was already beginning to lose his voice.
“He gets excited with us. He yells with us. He cheers us on,” senior Lucas Langus said. “Of course, there are some times when he’ll yell at us, but that happens with every football team.”
Burton inherited a relatively inexperienced group with the graduation of 22 seniors from last year’s state-qualilfying team, and he hopes his own enthusiasm will catch on among the fresh-faced roster.
“We’re us against the world. We have to prove ourselves,” Burton said. “We’re kind of all on the same page, even coaching staff.”
Only four starters return on both sides of the ball, and the Lions are starting over at nearly every skill position, including quarterback. Senior Justin Palmer will make the transition from linebacker to starting QB.
“We’re very inexperienced. We’re a young team, but that’s what excites us,” Burton said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are eager and want to step up.”
After leading the 5A SIC in total passing yards during the regular season in 2015, Burton anticipates a more run-focused offense this fall.
“Last year with (QB) Hayden Brown, and (WRs) Chris Hugon and Jake Paulin, we could line up and throw the ball,” Burton said. “We might look a little bit different this year with a first-year quarterback. Our challenge is if we can own the trenches, we’ll be a really good team on both sides of the ball.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Trevor Detwiler, MLB/FB
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior will play primarily on defense, where he had 37 tackles, including 6 for loss, a year ago.
Mason Haley, WR/CB
A first team, all-5A SIC pick on defense, he returned an interception for a TD and made 46 tackles while adding 468 receiving yards and 3 TDs at receiver.
Caleb Christensen, OL/DL
The 6-4, 235-pound senior letters for a third straight year at DE after contributing 37 tackles, including 6 for loss, last season.
Lucas Langus, OL/DL
A leader on the line as a three-year letterman, the 5-10, 195-pound senior made 33 tackles in 2015 with 6 tackles for loss.
at Bishop Kelly
at Rocky Mountain*
* pod game
Last year: 6-4, 3-2 5A SIC Pod A
Playoffs: Lost to Eagle 39-29 in first round
Coach: Jason Burton, first season
Record at school: 0-0
Stadium: Dona Larsen Park, Boise