High school football: Enterprise Wolves 2012 preview

Published: Friday, Aug. 10 2012 10:49 p.m. MDT

Scroll to bottom of story to see Enterprise Felt's Facts

Note: Enterprise finished with a 6-4 overall record and tied for second in the 2A South region with a 5-2 record in 2011. It lost to Emery, 20-18, in the first round of the 2A playoffs.

Under coach Barry Jones the past four years, Enterprise’s football team enjoyed quite a bit of success with three winning seasons and four straight playoff berths.

It never won a playoff game though.

First-year coach Malin Williams is hoping to change that by going back to what he knows works. He’s ditching the spread offense in favor of the Wing-T, the offense the team ran back in 2003 when it won the 1A state championship — the only title in school history.

Williams said the team looked pretty sharp running the offense for the first time at camp this summer, and hopes it will continue when it opens the season on Aug. 17 against Diamond Ranch.

Between now and then, and specifically during the Wolves’ two preseason games, Williams said he wants to see the team develop an identity.

“I think offensively we’re looking fairly sharp, but we still don’t necessarily have an identity as far as which plays work the best and who’s our go-to guy,” said Williams. “It’s kind of the same thing defensively. We just need to find our identity, find out what we do and then make sure we do it well.”

What Enterprise didn’t do well last year was protect the football.

Between starting quarterback Jake Jones and back-up Dustin Tullis, the Wolves threw 18 interceptions to go along with their 18 touchdowns. The most damaging interception of all was against Emery in the first round of the 2A playoffs. The pick was returned 40 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as visiting Emery narrowly held on to upset Enterprise 20-18.

Enterprise will be less reliant on the pass this year because of the new offense, which should help immensely with the turnovers.

This year when Jones drops back to pass, there won’t be nearly as many defenders in coverage for him to worry about. Just as important, he won’t be required to do as much running either — a big sense of relief after he only rushed for 96 yards on 30 carries his freshman season.

“He throws the ball well, so the spread was good to him that way, but the Wing-T doesn’t actually require as much running as the spread does,” said Williams.

With three returning starters on the offensive line returning, and quality newcomers at fullback and running back, Williams is less concerned about the offense than he is the defense.

Enterprise had a fantastic linebacking core last season, a big part of why the Wolves were a Top 4 scoring defense in 2A only surrendering 13 ppg. Three of those four linebackers graduated, which puts even more pressure on returning starter Joe Holt to have a quality season.

“We just need to be assignment sound, execute and sprint to the football and make plays,” said Williams.

If everything comes together as Williams hopes, Enterprise should have no problem being competitive in the 2A South region again this season.

Enterprise Wolves at a glance

Coach: Malin Williams is entering his first year as head coach at his alma mater.

Offense

(4 returning starters; Wing-T offense)

Get The Deseret News Everywhere

Subscribe

Mobile

RSS