By Carson Kohler
Photos by Clark Larson
After back-to-back seasons in which its records were 5-6 and then 2-9, the Alta High football team is enjoying a renaissance under first-year head coach Alema Te’o. A move to Class 4A has helped in the transformation, but much of the credit goes to a group of hard-working players.
Josh Davis is a junior who has been a key player for the Hawks beginning last season. This star running back has run for 1,973 yards and 25 touchdowns so far in the 2015 season, after a sophomore campaign in which he went for 565 yards on 91 carries.
Davis didn’t just show up one day and find himself as a star player at Alta. His athletic success can be rooted all the way back to his elementary school years at Edgemont Elementary school, when he played Alta Gremlin football.
Davis continued to play football for years and aspired to be like his idol, Brett Favre, a now-retired NFL quarterback who played for the Green Bay Packers at the time of Josh’s football upbringing.
Young Josh hoped to follow in the footsteps of his idol. He played quarterback the majority of the time as he grew through the Gremlin, PeeWee and other pre-high school leagues. While he demonstrated skill at quarterback through his sheer athleticism, it was in high school that Josh realized his full potential as a running back.
His first meaningful playing time came during his sophomore season, when he was as dangerous as a pass catcher as he was as a ball carrier. His 2014 stat line featured 565 yards and two touchdown passes in the ground game and 35 pass receptions for 465 yards and a pair of scores.
Davis is outstanding in the passing game, and despite his dominating presence as a power runner between the tackles, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has exceeded those numbers in the throw game this year. The good news for the Hawks is his accumulation of nearly four times as many rushing yards.
The junior running back has been outstanding all year long, and he has delivered some historic numbers at times. Against Orem, he ran for 372 yards and the following week he had five rushing touchdowns against Mountain View.
Davis recognizes that his task is made easier by those around him.
“We’re all a team, Davis said. “I couldn’t do what I do without everyone else.”
Beyond that, Davis doesn’t say much other than he loves football and hopes to play for a long time. Davis appears to be headed to very high places. He is hopeful for offers from various colleges for potential scholarships once this season is over and he is on his way to enormous accomplishments with both athletic and academic success.