Notus High School
Conference: 1AD1 Western Idaho Conference
Classification: 1A D1
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Head Coach: Sam Crockett
Years as Head Coach: 4th Season
Previous Experience: Offensive Coordinator Vale High School 2007-09/Assistant in Emmett & Ontario 2010-12
Record Last Year: 7-4
#10 Brandon Patrick, SR, RB/LB
#11 Caleb Zimmerman, JR, QB/DB
#53 Justin Hutton, SR, OL/DL
Isaiah Haskell, SR, OL/DE
Mark Green, JR, TE/DE
Jacob Godina, SR, WR/DB
Eryck Peterson, SR, RB/DL
Chase Slate, SR, TE/DB
Michael Zimmerman, JR, RB/LB
Eddi Quebrado, SR, TE/DB
Returning Players with Honors:
Brandon Patrick, SR, RB/LB, 2015 WIC Offensive POY & First Team Defense
Caleb Zimmerman, JR, QB/DB, First Team QB
Justin Hutton, SR, OL/DL, First Team DL
Isaiah Haskell, SR, OL/DE, First Team OL
Mark Green, JR, TE/DE, First Team DE
Jacob Godina, SR, WR/DB, Honorable Mention DB
Eryck Peterson, SR, RB/DL, Honorable Mention DL
Key Players lost from last year:
Kobe Zimmerman, RB/LB 2015 WIC Defensive POY & First Team Utility Offense
Noe Gonzalez, Honorable Mention OL
Photo By: Patty Theurer - #11 Caleb Zimmerman #10 Brandon Patrick
Incoming impact players:
Treyson Krasowski, SR, RB/DB
Written by: Sven Alskog
The Notus Pirates are one of the most experienced teams in all of the 1A classification, which means expectations continue to rise under fourth year Head Coach Sam Crockett.
With multiple teams throughout the state in 1AD1 looking like they will have some rebuilding to do following the loss of strong senior classes, the Pirates possess the one thing most of their competition won't have as much of, experience.
"Finish is the Motto this year," said Crockett. "I have around 14 seniors who want a state trophy. The only thing they need to do is finish what they started their freshman year. Win the fourth quarters. Stops on fourth downs. Stuff like that we have struggled with at times. All comes down to finishing."
Western Idaho Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Defensive honoree Brandon Patrick is back for his senior season and will serve as the anchor for the Pirates ship every week.
"On offense we will be very versatile with a power option based offense," said Crockett. "We have the toughest back in the conference in Brandon Patrick, 6'0" tall and about 190 pounds plus good speed."
The senior star is being looked at for the next level for his skills at linebacker.
Plenty of weapons surround Patrick on both sides of the ball.
"Trey Krasowski is the speedster tailback that made people miss at camp this summer. Should be the star tailback. Quarterback Caleb Zimmerman, whose quickness is almost as great as his arm, will make people worry as he makes his option reads," said Crockett.
Experience and depth is all over the offensive unit.
"A big offensive line with two returning starters in Hutton and Haskell should be tough to beat. Chase Slate, Mark Green, Jacob Godina, and Eddi Quebrado are all great targets for Caleb to toss the ball to. Backup running backs like Michael Zimmerman and Eryck Peterson are also good enough to start on any team. On offense we need to improve the passing game."
Defensively Patrick will lead the linebackers, with an overwhelming front including Justin Hutton at nose tackle and Isaiah Haskell on the outside looking to give opposing offensive coordinators headaches.
"On defense we will be very quick and big up front," said Crockett. "Same as offense [though] we need to stop the passing game to improve on the defensive side of the ball."
Circle the Wilder game on the calendar again for Notus this season. Last year the Pirates fell in a 43-42 heartbreaker at home.
"To win the conference the must-see game would have to be the Wilder game," said Crockett. "Our kids have a mental block against them that they need to overcome. We lost to them by one last year mostly due to the fact that they converted every fourth down attempt they went for."
That pivotal matchup with the Wildcats will take place on October 21 at Wilder. Look for it to be the game of the year in the 1AD1 Western Idaho Conference, most likely determining seed 3A to the state playoffs.