Sun Valley (11-4 & 4-3) finished 4th in the SCC and pulled the upset of Marvin Ridge in the state playoffs on their way to the state semi finals falling to AC Reynolds. The Spartans return 2-time UCHSF Player of the Year in senior QB Sam Howell. Howell holds every major passing record in Union Co. including having thrown for a career 109 TDS. Howell led Union Co. in passing (3372) and rushing yards (1594) as well as passing TDs (36) and rushing TDs (24). Howell is headed to Florida State. Sun Valley graduated their top 3 receiver (Marple, Anderson and Burnette) and will look to Sophomore WR Gavin Blackwell. Blackwell had 23 receptions for 538 yards and 5 TDs in 2017 and is a D-1 prospect.
The Sun Valley defense lose the UCHSF.com’s Defensive Player of the Year in Roy Artolozaga (174 tackles/8 sacks) and Elijah Last (153 tackles/14 sacks). Senior returns to anchor the Spartan line in 2018. Doody recorded 102 tackles and 7 sacks in 2017. Senior defensive back Cameron Maddox led the Spartans with 4 interceptions returns for his senior year. Maddox also blocked 2 field-goals and 2 punts in 2017. Senior Christian Joe split time between OLB and SS returns after racking up 55 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2017.
Sophomore kicker Jacob Bowman returns after going 38-of-47 on PATs and was 1-for1 on field goals last season. The Spartans open the season on August 17th at Forest Hills.