Note: Herriman finished with a 5-5 overall record in 2016 and tied for fourth in Region 4 with a 3-3 record. Did not qualify for 5A playoffs.

Herriman 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

HERRIMAN — The Herriman football team barely missed making the playoffs last year and they had a chance to win every game they played except one.

Still, a .500 record the year after winning a state title left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Mustangs, especially the two players who started on that 2015 title team — David Fotu and Braxton Pearce.

“They’re completely unsatisfied with what happened last year,” said head coach Dustin Pearce.

Herriman will certainly improve on last year’s result as they move into a new region in the state’s newly created 6A classification. The Mustangs relied on their defense last season, but this year Pearce said his offense should be a lot more productive.

“Everyone thinks I’m a ground and pound guy,” he said. “And I am. I like physical football. But you know at the same time, this is the first year that I feel like we have some guys that can catch the football and run routes.”

The team’s offense will be led by 6-foot-7, 230-pound Blake Freeland, who is capable of connecting with those receivers. The junior quarterback committed to BYU after a camp, but then de-committed because “he wanted to go through the (recruiting) process.”

Herriman will be especially tough at the line of scrimmage as they return talent and experience on both the offensive and defensive line. Many of those players compete on both sides of the ball, and their toughness will be problematic for opponents.

Pearce said he’s looking forward to different competition in the new region, and coaches think the Mustangs will have success as they voted them No. 2 in pre-season polls.

When asked to describe this year’s team, Pearce gets emotional.

“It’s just a unique year for me, being a dad,” he said. “It’s hard to compare teams, but they remind me a lot of the team two years ago — just very selfless. They’ve just been solid. If they continue to be solid, they’ll have a chance. And that’s all you can ask for.”

Herriman Mustangs at a glance

Coach: Dustin Pearce enters his fifth season as the Mustangs head coach and he owns a 30-18 record. The Hunter High and SUU graduate has been a head coach for nine years …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

High school football: Herriman Mustangs 2017 preview

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