A new head coach is in place. Anthony Chidester moved down from American Leadership Academy – where he served as offensive coordinator – and took over for Brigham Nielson, who is now an assistant coach at Cedar.
With an entirely new coaching staff in place as well, Chidester knows the team has its hands full as it looks to improve on a 2-7 overall record from 2015.
“We’re new as a staff, so you don’t know exactly what to prepare for and you don’t know exactly how well your kids will react under stress,” Chidester said. “We got through camp OK and at times I think we’ve gotten better.”
Chidester added that his staff is installing a new system that will look to establish the line of scrimmage more on both sides of the ball. Junior Ethan Guyman will see the bulk of the work at running back.
“He’s one of our best athletes we have offensively,” Chidester said. “We’ll use him quite a bit. He’s strong, fast and durable.”
Senior Cody Howard will join Guyman in the backfield and play middle linebacker on defense. He was the only Ram to record a sack last season.
As for the schedule, Parowan plays two of its first three games away from home – at North Sevier for the season opener and Altamont two weeks after – sandwiched around the home opener against Enterprise on Aug. 26. After a bye, they start 1A South play at home against Milford on Sept. 16.
Diamond Ranch and Kanab – the teams that played for the 1A title last season with the Diamondbacks winning – only add to the challenges Chidester and the Rams will face.
“We’ve got nowhere to go but up,” Chidester said. “We finished last in a region that’s very competitive. We want to set reasonable expectations for the kids and be competitive in the fourth quarter in every game.”
(all games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
Aug. 19 – at North Sevier
Aug. 26 – vs. Enterprise
Sept. 2 – at Altamont, 5 p.m.
Sept. 16 – vs. Milford
Sept. 23 – vs. Monticello
Sept. 30 – at Diamond Ranch
Oct. 7 – at Kanab
Oct. 14 – at Layton Christian, 4 p.m.
Oct. 21 – vs. Wayne