Valley High School
Conference: 1AD1 Snake River Conference
Classification: 1A D1
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Head Coach: Ryon Jarvis
Years as Head Coach: 1st Season
Previous Experience: 2 years assistant at Valley, 5 years assistant at Jerome, 5 years assistant at Wendell.
Record Last Year: 12-0
State Titles: 1990, 2015
Mike Elorrieta, DB/QB, 12
Jack Burton, OL/DL 12
Bryce Tvrdy, WR/LB 12
Tim Carlquist, WR/DE 12
Calvin Korom, RB/DB 12
Victor Lopez, RB/DB 11
Jason Stoker, OL/DL, 12
Key Players lost from last year:
Ben Taylor, QB
Garrett Mussmann, WR
Jake Nelson, LB
Kaleb Burk, RB/LB
Doug Elorrieta, OL/DL
Juan Damien, OL/DL
Lorenzo Ramirez, OL/DL
Jacob Henry, WR/DB
Taylor Coates, RB/WR/LB
Photo By: Willy Harris - #66 Jack Burton
Incoming impact players:
Jason Hardy, 10
Zane Mussmann, 10
Jacob Schilz, 10
Victor Lopez, 11
Written by: Sven Alskog
Don't expect a new man on the sidelines to change the upward momentum that has built up on the gridiron in Hazelton the last few years.
First year Valley Head Coach Ryon Jarvis inherits a well-tuned machine which scored above 48 points in every game last season during a memorable run to becoming state champions.
Jarvis is no stranger to the Valley football program, having manned offensive coordinator duties for the previous two years.
While the expectation is for the Vikings to again be strong contenders in the 1AD1 classification, the team will have to figure out a way to mitigate the losses of a talented senior class.
Quarterback Ben Taylor, leading rusher Kaleb Burk and do-everything talents such as Doug Elorrieta, Taylor Coates, Jacob Henry, Lorenzo Ramirez, Jake Nelson and Juan Damien are all gone, with the first school title since 1990 being the culmination of each of their outstanding careers.
Valley won all but two games by more than 48 points last year, giving the younger players who will step into larger roles this time around a great opportunity to gain experience.
The up-tempo offense that generated all those points will be back and aiming to wear defenses out over the course of four quarters.
"We are a team that plays extremely fast and attacks the field horizontally, vertically and up the midline," said Jarvis.
Mike Elorrieta, a key cog on both sides of the ball last season for the Vikings, will have an even larger role this year, with the senior set to be the signal caller on offense.
Jack Burton (pictured) and Jason Stoker provide veteran presences up-front, with both seniors looking to pave the way for running back Calvin Korom, who when given an opportunity in 2015, showed great burst and pass-catching abilities out of the backfield. Other offensive weapons will be Bryce Tvrdy and Tim Carlquist in the receiving core. Victor Lopez provides depth at the running back position.
Jarvis looks forward to seeing the progression of his group throughout the 2016 campaign.
"I'm most excited about watching the kids get better every day and succeeding as young men on and off of the football field," he said.
In what has been a fun rivalry to watch over the last couple of years, Raft River and Valley will get together for what should be one of the must-see games in the conference on October 7 in Malta.
"They are the team with the most experience, well coached and talented. They will have the bulls eye on them this year and we will be looking to win a tough game in Malta," said Jarvis.
Defensively the unit will be young and relatively inexperienced, so some tweaking as the season goes on might be necessary to figure out what will work best. Replacing tackling machine Taylor Coates is a lofty task.
"We will improve the incoming starters in their role within the defense. We may experiment with a new front," said Jarvis.
Valley begins the 2016 season with a tough non-conference tilt on the road against perennial powerhouse Lighthouse Christian on August 26.