On Aug. 9, the Deseret News published a preview of the Judge Memorial football team. Here is what was written by reporter Dan Rasmussen.
The way Judge star running back Bruce Garlinghouse sees things, the Bulldogs' championship-game loss to Logan a season ago wasn't a finishing point.
OK, maybe it was for the seniors that ended their prep football careers that night. But for the guys that are coming back, it's a different story.
Judge returns several players like Garlinghouse -underclassman that contributed heavily a year ago -that collectively hope to accomplish even more this fall than they did last fall.
And they hope it all starts in Week 1.
"We're ready to get going where we left off," said Garlinghouse, who is drawing recruiting interest from the University of Washington and Columbia University, among others. "We got some unfinished business."
By all accounts, the glory days of Judge have returned under sixth-year coach James Cordova. In his first season, a number of schools lined up Judge for their homecoming game in hopes of racking up an easy win.
These days, however, that's hardly the case anymore.
"It's fantastic," Cordova said of the direction the program has taken. "It's a great change. We played in five homecoming games my first year, and it was demoralizing. Every week we had a 20-minute halftime. I didn't know you had short halftimes."
One of the reasons those extra homecomings have gone away, Garlinghouse believes, has been because Judge players have had a willingness to share the ball on offense.
Rather than rely one just one single player to get the job done, the Bulldogs have relied on several, and that should continue in 2008.
"I think that's why our offense was so prolific last year, because they couldn't key on one person," Garlinghouse said. "If they came in the game keying on Lewis (Walker), then I'd have a good game. If they starting keying on me because I had a good game, Lewis would take it."
Cordova said the nature of Judge's offense has made it easier to breed unselfish guys.
"Our option game is dependent on what the defense does. As far as being a coach of that, it makes things real easy and it makes kids unselfish," Cordova said. "Unselfish kids are successful kids. You don't have kids yellin' and complaining, 'I want the ball more.' All kids want the ball more.
"Who might be the next superstar? Who knows. Give 'em the ball. That's how we do it."
2008 football schedule
Aug. 22 – NORTH SANPETE. Aug. 29 – at Ogden. Sept. 5 – at Highland, Idaho. Sept. 12 – LOGAN. Sept. 19 – at Juan Diego. Sept. 26 – at Orem. Oct. 3 - PARK CITY*. Oct. 10 – WASATCH*. Oct. 15 – UNION*. Oct. 23 – at Uintah*.
2007 results (10-3, 2-2)
Aug. 17 - at North Sanpete 42-7. Aug. 24 - Open date. Aug. 31 - WOODS CROSS 41-18. Sept. 7 - at Logan 35-7. Sept. 14 - OGDEN 52-20. Sept. 21 - JUAN DIEGO 23-9. Sept. 28 - at Park City* 21-14. Oct. 5 - WASATCH* 14-27. Oct. 12 - at Union* 35-40. Oct. 18 - Uintah* 63-12. Oct. 26 - at Morgan# 34-33. Nov. 2 - at Cedar City# 28-10. Nov. 9 - UNION# 49-20. Nov. 16 - LOGAN# 12-28.
* - Region 10 games. Home games in CAPS.
# - Denotes playoff games.