Rams pushing for bigger heights

By Tom Zulewski

Iron County Today

PAROWAN–In its first year under head coach Carter Miller, the Parowan Rams reached heights of success on the football field it hadn’t seen in a long, long time.

Not only did the Rams beat the Kanab Cowboys for the first time in 46 years last season, they made a run to the 1A state semifinals before falling to eventual champion Milford in the semifinals.

But with a new year comes the quest for bigger things. Sophomore jinxes aren’t about to take over in the mind of Miller heading into the season opener Friday at home against Altamont.

“Our expectations haven’t changed whatsoever. We’re here to win,” Miller said. “I told the kids when I came here last year that it’s easier to build off a winning season than it is a losing season. These kids know right away that’s their expectation. That’s what we’re going to continue to do and what we’re going to continue to believe.”

With the Kanab win and the deep playoff run that helped the team finish with an 8-3 record, Miller admitted “I didn’t want the season to be over.”

The Rams lost a good core of players to graduation, but senior Porter Wood leads a good contingent coming back from the quarterback position as the 2018 season begins.

In the veer option offense, Wood ran for 483 yards on 93 carries with 10 touchdowns, which was third on the team behind graduated seniors Porter Miller (1,444 yards, 18 TDs) and Ethan Guymon (947 yards, 10 TDs).

After opening last year with four straight road games, the Rams will start with home games in the first two weeks against Altamont and Millard. Miller said the quality of the schedule matters as much as seeing the home field for five of the nine weeks.

“I love 1A football. I love the coaches and this is a competitive league,” Miller said. “We want to beat (defending state champion) Milford, but we want to beat everyone else. Milford had a great team, but I still expect them to be very competitive.”

Wood is equally grateful for playing more games at home, but also for the chance to keep improving on what was built in 2017.

“We lost a lot of good seniors, but we’re coming back just as strong. It’ll be really exciting,” Wood said. “We’ve gotten used to each other, and it says on the back of our (practice) jerseys, we’re together.

“We fell short last year, but we’re working just as hard now.”

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