Valley High School
Conference: 1AD1 Snake River Conference
Classification: 1A D1
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Head Coach: Ryon Jarvis
Years as Head Coach: 12th Season
Previous Experience: 12 Years as Assistant at Valley
Record Last Year: 6-3
State Titles: 1990 & 2015
Victor Lopez, WR/FS, 12
Jason Hardy, QB/DB, 11
Zane Mussmann, WR/LB, 11
Kodi Burk, RB/LB, 12
Key Players lost from last year:
Bryce Tvrdy, WR/LB
Jack Burton, OL/DL
Incoming impact players:
Alex Korom, WR/DB, 11
Nic Anderson, WR/LB, 11
Zac Gomez, RB/LB, 11
Written by: Sven Alskog
Behind quarterback Jason Hardy and a well-established system that works, the Valley Vikings hope to emerge from the pack atop the 1AD1 Snake River Conference this season.
Having gained some experience as a sophomore, Hardy will have high expectations and is a player that opposing coaches will hone in on defensively.
One of the things that can always be expected with the Valley offense is a great ability to put up points. Don't expect that to change this season.
Along with Hardy behind center, running back Kodi Burk and receivers Victor Lopez, Zane Mussmann, Alex Korom and Nic Anderson will be the primary go-to options for the Vikings.
For second year Head Coach Ryon Jarvis, the strength of the unit is obvious.
"Playing fast and putting pressure on defenses."
But he acknowledges there is room for improvement, including the need to run the ball early and to stay away from third and long.
As can be expected in 1A football, all of the previously mentioned players will be heavily relied upon on both sides of the ball.
With good team speed and tackling ability, Valley had success through the first five weeks defensively last year before allowing 180 points combined over the final four games.
But the unit should be able to rebound nicely this year if it can stay healthy.
[A strength is] keeping the play in front of us," said Jarvis. "Only team in the state to play it the way we do that I know of. We call it a 2-2-4."
That 2-2-4 look on defense gives the opposition a different look than they may be used to, and with some more youthful offenses in conference play this season that may very well be something that plays in the favor of the Vikings.
For Jarvis, the turnover in talent at the top of the conference means it'll be a fight for playoff positioning.
"I believe our conference is a battleground and as many as five teams are playing for three spots."
In reference to his own team, the anticipation to see what this group can do is high.
"[I'm excited for] the chance to watch young men grow and compete in a new year."
Valley will be tested right away with a big opening week matchup with Challis at home on August 25.