Undefeated seasons are a rarity for any team in any sport, but the Tooele High School freshmen football team pulled off that feat this year with an 8-0 season.
Tooele head coach Kyle Brady said the success of the freshmen team could mean good things for the THS football program the next few seasons if the young players stick with the program and stay eligible throughout their high school careers.
Coaches at the school were uncertain, but none remember a Tooele freshmen football team which has gone through a season undefeated.
“I’ve been dealt a great hand the last two seasons with a great group of young players,” said freshmen football coach Willie Jaramillo.
Two years ago, Brady asked Jaramillo to come on board at Tooele High School as the freshmen football coach. Jaramillo has coached several Ute Conference football teams from Tooele Valley to state championship titles in the past.
“It feels great that coach Brady would want me to be a part of the football program. I like the way he is running the program by holding clinics for the coaches and camps for the kids. The freshmen team runs the same offense and same defense as the varsity team,” Jaramillo said.
Defensive coordinator for the team was Jake Paystrup while Matt Sprouse and Jim Emerson coached the linemen. Tyler Chase coached the receivers and backs.
The freshmen coach said his main goal is for 95 percent of the players on the team to return for their sophomore season. The second goal is for the young players to learn football fundamentals, and the third goal is to win games.
The team was perfect this year on the third goal. The squad defeated Grantsville 48-12, Morgan 42-6, Bear River 48-12, Park City 48-6, Stansbury 46-6, Juan Diego 28-18, Uintah 28-6 and Ben Lomond 48-12. The Buffaloes were up by a large margins by halftime in most games which gave the coach the chance to play the scout team in the second half. The first unit had to go most of the way, however, in a tight game against Juan Diego.
“I really preached the ‘team’ concept all year to the players. That is the kind of mindset we’re trying to establish at Tooele. Besides, without the linemen opening holes and protecting, the running backs and receivers don’t go anywhere,” the coach said.
The coach’s son Emilio Jaramillo played quarterback throughout the season. Emelio even saw action in a pair of varsity games. Five runnng backs packed the ball in games including Lincoln Powers, Blake Paystrup, Pete Smith, Levi Anderson and Braden Borders. Ethan Gowans and Josh Leakehe shined as receivers.
Linemen helped propel the offense. They included Jaden Dare, Zach Dean, Asi Fakahau, Shea Graham, Slate Grosgreutz, Kauli Gundry, Marcello Harryman, Nathan Miller, Jordan Moosman, Max Ross, Braden Teeples, Jaren Wiilson, Josh Armstrong, Chris Looper and Josh Armstrong.
Quarterbacks were Emilio Jaramillo and Zach Tso. Receivers were Gowans, Leakehe, Carter Fillion, Carter Hansen, Leakehe, Dominic Romero, Chandler Small, Wyatt Steed and Matthew Vigil.
Runnings backs were Anderson, Borders, Shun Chen, Bowen Colledge, Blake Paystrup, Lincoln Powers, Gavin Ricketts, Cody Roseborough and Smith.
Tight ends were Tyrell Ahlstrong, Zach Bettony, Aaron Johnson, Jackson Kinsman, Derrik Merino, Lane Steed and Cody Whitehouse.