Big Horns’ new battering ram
Southern California transfer boosts prospects for LPHS football
Online video highlights of the Capistrano Valley Christian Eagles offer a glimpse of what’s to come this season for Lone Peak High School football. The Big Horns are already blessed with returning quarterback Frankie Starz, who averaged three passing touchdowns per game last season. And now with the arrival of Kegan Babick from Southern California, Lone Peak gains a powerful running back and defender.
On screen in one video clip, Babick is seen hovering in the defensive backfield, reading the quarterback, then swooping in for an impressive interception. These skills are now on display during voluntary morning workouts at Lone Peak High, where the younger Babick is joined by his father and coach Brett Babick.
The older Babick recently became chief operations officer of Big Sky Vacation Rentals. For the Big Horns he’ll coach both the offensive and defensive lines.
“I coach the bigs. I coach the lines,” said Babick, describing the challenges ahead for the team and why early conditioning is important. “When you think about how young this team is, it’s really about teaching how to block, how to tackle. And stay healthy, how not to get hurt. When you’re a small team, every man counts.”
Coach Babick added a proud plug for what Kegan accomplished his junior season playing for the 3-7 Capistrano Valley Eagles: “He was all-league and all-city, both offense and defense. He’s talking to Wheaton College right now. They’re asking him if he’ll commit. He’ll probably go visit some other schools.”
Kegan, who’s accustomed to playing on an 11-man team, said, “It’s a big change coming to eight man. But I’m used to playing at a smaller school with smaller guys and having to work harder, go faster against some of these bigger schools, use technique and eventually succeed. I had a successful season. I’m just excited, talking to colleges, ready to move on to that part of my life, go play football. I’m just excited for my new opportunity at Lone Peak.”
So is Big Horn Head Coach Adam Farr, who said of Kegan, “He’s a great leader and great kid. He is very solid, athletic, good sized. We’re excited to have him on the team.”
The formal start of practice is Aug. 9. The team will endure about 10 days of “two-a-days,” which is a twice-daily regimen meant to rapidly condition each player.
In addition to Starz returning to run the offense at QB, Farr expects receiver Austin Samuels to provide Starz with a consistent target down field.
Farr, who played some at Whitworth College, is headed into his fifth season coaching the Big Horns. He noted many of the LPHS home games are at night, which requires bringing in big construction lights from the Yellowstone Club to illuminate the field.
To start the season, LPHS opens at home vs. Box Elder on Aug. 24.