With 10 days left until the high school football season kicks off, teams are busy conditioning and going through their preseason routines.
Naturally, the squads have set their sights on making the 2014 season better than the 2013 season.
Last year, Stansbury (7-4, 5-1) reached the quarterfinals in 3AA, but were knocked out once again by a team from powerhouse 3AA South.
Grantsville (7-4, 3-2) did the same thing, knocked out in the quarterfinals by Juab in the 3A playoffs.
Tooele (3-7, 2-4) has more room for improvement, and with several experienced players returning they may just catch up with their two rival Tooele County schools.
The Buffaloes were not world-beaters in 3AA North last season, but they did show vast improvements from year 2012 when they only managed one win all season over lowly Ben Lomond.
Tooele seemed to hit its stride last year after its first three games. The Buffaloes found some offense in the first game of region against Bear River, but the Bears were explosive as well winning that one 62-48.
Tooele then lost a heartbreaker at home to Park City 24-21, followed by a lopsided loss to Juan Diego. The Soaring Eagle nearly made it back to the state championship game with an overtime loss to Pine View in the 3AA semifinals.
The Buffaloes then played an emotional game at Stansbury and were in it till the end with 21-13 setback.
Tooele then held on to finally win a close game with a 20-18 victory over an improving Uintah team. In the final regular season game of the season, the Buffaloes did what most teams do to Ben Lomond: Annihilate them. Tooele led 46-6 after three quarters, and won the game 53-27 with junior varsity players in for the fourth quarter.
Twelve of 3AA’s 14 teams made the playoffs last season, so the Buffaloes were awarded the prize of traveling to St. George to face Snow Canyon. Tooele trailed only 6-3 at intermission, but the Warriors put it together in the second half to win the game 38-9.
The Buffaloes return several linemen for this season which is a very good sign — just ask any football coach. Tooele returns about 10 players, including a two Brady brothers in the backfield, who contributed in a big way last season.
This should be a solid football season for the Buffaloes, they certain are due for winning year after going 4-26 the past three seasons.