Note: Murray finished with a 2-7 overall record in 2017 and was fifth in Region 6 with a 1-4 record. It did not qualify for the 5A playoffs.

Murray 2017 Offensive and Defensive Stats

MURRAY — The Spartans of Murray struggled in 5A during the 2017 season, ending the year with a 2-6-0 record. Several of the team’s losses were by 30 points or more with the only wins coming against West and Hillcrest.

Head coach Todd Thompson, who is in his second season of ever coaching high school football, will have to make major offensive and defensive improvements to the line-up to make Murray a winning team in the 2018 season.

“We have the talent to be in the top two seeds in our region and host a playoff game — that’s our goal,” Thompson said.

There will be several key offensive and defensive players this year including Jordan Searle (WR), Colton Gardner (LB & OL) and Jackson Rose (OL & LB) to help the team to a better record. Together the trio has recorded 58 tackles, 163 yards and one touchdown.

“There’s a handful of kids who continue to lead vocally and by example — those three primarily,” Thompson said.

Along with Thompson, offensive and defensive coordinators Nate Hoggan and Ashley McSwain have made significant changes on both offense and defense to help the team find a flow. The only positions that are left to question are quarterback and tight end. Junior Jarret Henricksen, a player who had some varsity experience last year, will most likely be the team’s starting quarterback.

The Spartans kick off the season on Aug. 17 against Cyprus at 7 p.m.

Murray Spartans at a glance

Coach: Todd Thompson. This will be Thompson’s second season as head coach of the Spartans and as a high school coach in general. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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