Buffaloes starting quarterback Kaden Dean is among the handful of seniors who are departing Tooele High’s football team following the conclusion of the 2023-24 season. Prior to earning his varsity spot, which he held for all four years, Kaden worked his way off the bench his freshman year to run the offense.
After missing the playoffs last year, the Buffaloes improved across the board and entered the postseason for the second time during Kaden’s time playing for Tooele. He credited the quick turnaround to head coach BJ Hunter’s approach to the game and how he was able to change the culture among the players.
“Ever since Hunter has been here we’ve all felt like we had a chance because he doesn’t play favorites; you have to earn your spot,” Kaden said. “It brought us closer as a family and brought us together.
“The team has been the closest it’s ever been which leads to better development and play on the field.”
Reflecting on his high school career, Kaden pointed to the many game-winning drives and a memorable game over Uintah. Surprisingly, what he said he’ll miss the most are team practices.
“It doesn’t seem like much, but when you near the end of your high school career, you miss the little things the most.”
Looking ahead to his near future, Kaden — a dual-sport athlete — said he would like to play either college or baseball at the collegiate level. He has yet to settle on a career path, but is looking for the best opportunity to position himself at a good school.
“[I’d like to acknowledge] my parents and Brian Tso,” Kaden added. “Tso gave me the chance freshman year to earn my spot and I worked my butt off as a fourth-string quarterback.
“I am forever thankful for Coach Tso.”