Rams facing and embracing football challenges ahead
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
For his debut season as the new head football coach at Parowan High, Carter Miller has a full stack of challenges his team will need to overcome.
With only three region games in the new 1A South after Diamond Ranch dropped its football program, the Rams are still in search of a first win in region play as they enter their third season in the ranks.
And even though Parowan doesn’t have its first home game at Alma Richards Stadium until Week 4 on Sept. 8, Miller is upbeat about the team and its attitude.
“This is a great group of young men and I’m just excited to be a part of it,” said Miller, who is entering his first year as a head coach after nearly two decades as an assistant at Dixie and Canyon View. “We’re excited for the season to start, and the kids are buying into everything we’re doing.
“We have the talent and the ability. It’s just a matter of getting that mindset where you can believe you win.”
Leading the way at the quarterback position for the Rams this season in the “Ram formation” will be 6-foot-2 junior Porter Wood, who replaces Jake Matheson as he moves to wide receiver. Miller’s son, Porter, transferred from Canyon View and will be the primary threat at running back. Ethan Guymon, Austin Robinson and Trey Jense will also complement the running formations.
“It was a tough decision for him to come, but once he did, I don’t think he’s regretted it,” Miller said. “It was pretty much the Isaiah (Shearer) show last year, so he didn’t see the ball a whole lot. He’s a pretty good back, though.”
In addition to Matheson, Wood’s corps of receivers will include Trevor Bassett, Brennan Johnson and Tanner Johnson.
With the region season and the race to the playoffs not happening until the final three weeks, Miller said forming the winning attitude can’t wait until then.
“Every game matters to us. Winning is a habit, but so is losing,” Miller said. “You never go into a season focusing on just the league games. We can’t afford it, especially since we’re trying to change the culture a little bit and become a winning program.”
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