Miller introducing BTF approach for CV football
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
As his players enter the locker room each day, new Canyon View head football coach Skyler Miller had three bold, black letters installed on the back wall as a beacon and reminder.
Big, Tough, Falcon – better known as BT with the Falcon logo embroidered on the sleeve of each player’s practice shirt.
With Miller taking over a team that finished 4-7 in its final 3A season that ended in an opening-round playoff loss at Juan Diego, Miller has hit the ground running knowing toughness will be an essential need as the Falcons return to Region 9 and enter the newly-realigned 4A ranks.
“It’s a quick representation of our core values,” Miller said. “We want to be of elite character, and when in doubt, we’re gonna BTF (opponents), no matter what. It’s a way to simplify and build a brand, let our kids know that we’re here and we’re going to be the best person possible.”
Miller explained that while the B focus is on having elite character, the same applies toward the other letters on and off the field.
“The T stands for tough, fanatical effort, never quit, do your best, and the F stands for family. Forget about me, I love you. We’re a brotherhood, and we all care about each other. It translates to everything we do in life.”
Miller wouldn’t tip his hand to any prime position player candidates, but did mention that quarterback Stockton Rigby is recovering slower than expected from a foot injury suffered last season.
As for the rest of the team, the only goal over the remaining days before the home opener against two-time defending 2A champion Beaver on Aug. 18 is continued player development in his new spread offense.
“We’re about no one person is better than the program,” Miller said. “I’m not confident to say who we’re leaning on because we’re fresh. We’re taking a slow, methodical approach to both (offensive and defensive) schemes. Our emphasis is culture, mindset, and learning how to be a team.”
And Miller gets the perfect test to see how the approach will have worked when CV welcomes Cedar for the Region 9 opener Sept. 8.
“Our overall goal as a staff is we want the kids to be happy, enjoy what they’re doing daily. Focus on this day, this rep, this play,” he said.