Prep football preview: New Mt. Shasta coach John Dutton looking beyond football
He was throwing tons of touchdown passes, and went on to throw the seventh-most in
But he asked himself, what was he doing for others? What was the significance of it all?
In 2011 he started Athletes of the Nations, a non-profit with a mission to inspire athletes to not only be successful, but be significant and impact others.
Part of AOTN's impact is humanitarian service in impoverished areas of
Dutton has been to
His goal, though, goes beyond football.
"My whole goal right now...is not just athletes, but growing them into the men they're going to be," he said. "I don't know up here how many of these guys are going to move on to college football, but 100 percent of them are going to be men."
Dutton takes the reins of a team that's defending a
Dutton was originally brought in this season as the offensive coordinator, and had just returned home from
If anybody knows something about offense, it might be him. Dutton, 41, ranks sixth all-time in the
He won two ArenaBowl championships, one with the San Jose SaberCats and another with the Colorado Crush. Dutton was named ArenaBowl MVP after leading San Jose to the title in 2002.
To add a little notoriety, Dutton was on the cover of the first
Who has the toughest football schedule in the Eastern, Northern Athletic Leagues?
He played college football at Nevada-Reno under the legendary
His next task is leading the Bears into an uphill battle this year. They open the season against two
In SCL play, they face two of the toughest teams, Fall River and
The Bears do have
Countdown to Football, the five
Depth will be at a premium.
"My guys are going to go have to play a whole lot of football. Play offense, then special teams, then defense," Dutton said.
Where depth is a relative weakness, Dutton has been impressed with the attitude of the whole team so far, especially the offensive line.
"The O-line is a bunch of guys who don't necessarily look like an O-line but they're getting after it," he said.
The preseason coaching change and lack of depth put more intrigue into the league title race, with Fall River having an experienced coach take over the program again and
Better than most: Mt. Shasta's scoring defense allowed just 16 points per game last year, by far the best in the SCL and the fifth-best in Division IV.
Impact player: TE/SS
2016 SEASON: 8-3 record,
2017 OPPOSITION RECORD: 48-62 (.436), four playoff teams, two section runner-ups, one section champion.
KEY LOSSES: QB/DB
KEY RETURNERS: TE/SS
KEY NEWCOMERS: QB
AREA OF STRENGTH: Skill players--Dutton is excited about the talent the Bears have this year coming up from the junior varsity level, but says it could take some time for them to get adjusted to varsity speed.
AREA OF WEAKNESS: Continuity and depth--The Bears have gone through several coaches the past decade-and-a-half; Mt. Shasta didn't have many players show up for offseason workouts and at the moment, have 17-18 players on the roster. No rest for the weary.
RETURNING STARTERS: Deleon, and a few players who started a game here and there, Dutton said.
BASE OFFENSE/DEFENSE: Multi-set/5-2.
BY THE NUMBERS:
2--Winning seasons since 2004.
3--Playoff appearances since 2004.
7--Coaches since 2004 including Dutton.
28--Turnovers forced by the defense last year.
31.75--Average margin of victory in league games last year.
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