By Mike Caywood and Steven Law
Lake Powell Chronicle
PAGE – Leland “Bubba” Billie is the new football head coach at Page High School. He replaces Mitchell Stephens, who resigned after leading the Sand Devils to a 18-5 record the past two seasons.
Billie is hoping to continue with the same winning ways that has taken the football program to spots in the first and second rounds of the playoffs. Billie says the goal of course is to win state, but this year’s team will feature an inexperienced line as it prepares for the upcoming season.
Billie is also excited to continue his work with the Page youth football program and the Page booster club.
“I hope to instill in the parents that this is the way that you build and support a football program,” Billie said in an interview.
He credits the booster club as being one of the most active and supportive clubs he has ever been associated with.
“We are excited about the experience and enthusiasm that coach Billie brings to our football program,” Page High School athletic director Ernie Rivers said. “We wish him and his staff the best of luck with the upcoming season.”
Sand Devils prepare for 2019 season
A dedicated core of football players have been in the weight room and running drills on the practice field since the first week of June preparing for the 2019 season.
Preseason training isn’t required, so the number of players who turn out for preseason training is a good indicator of a teams’ dedication and motivation, said head football coach Leland “Bubba” Billie.
“The number of players we had come out for the preseason training has set records,” he said. “We’ve had 25 to 30 players practicing and training since day one.” Billie said his core group of summer players are spread equally from freshmen to seniors.