"We are not talking about losing anymore. I mean, we are changing the mentality completely," Woodhouse said. "We are playing some really good teams, and I know that. We have a tough schedule ahead of us, and it's been difficult to change the mentality when you're facing that; but we are going to go in expecting to win every game and make a run at a championship."
The North Sevier Wolves open the season at ALA, where Woodhouse was a former coach, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.
North Sevier Wolves at a glance
Coach: Chuck Woodhouse is entering his first year as the head coach of the North Sevier Wolves, hoping to bring a completely new football mentality to Salina.
Offense (13 returning starters; pistol/spread/split-back offenses)
North Sevier should be a lot more experienced, efficient and explosive on the offensive end. With so many key contributors returning on the offensive end, expectations have never been higher for the people in Salina. The Wolves will be running a more up-tempo and no huddle offense in an attempt to wear out and run past their opponents. Expect huge things from running backs/defensemen Desmond Honeycutt and Brendon Sorenson, and a breakout year for second-year starting quarterback Fisher Anderson. Anderson will need to eliminate his turnovers; Trent Hampton will have to have yet another huge year as a wideout to help the Wolves become a winning football squad.
Defense (nine returning starters)
The defense had many holes a season ago, aside from Colton Robbins, but should make huge strides in the 2013 season. With four of its five top tacklers returning, including exceptional defensemen Brendon Sorenson, Desmond Honeycutt and Brandon Hales, the Wolves' defense shows significant improvement from last season. The line is fairly young but quite experienced, and should open up some holes for backs Sorenson and Honeycutt.
Coaches Preseason Region 2A South Straw Poll: Seventh
Deseret News Region 2A South predictions: Seventh
Bottom line: With the acquisition of a new head coach and a young but talented squad, big strides will be made for North Sevier in 2013. The Wolves have a total of 13 returning starters — six or seven who are expected to have monstrous years — and should improve drastically. North Sevier's defense will have to have a lot more balance this season, and the younger players on the roster will need to step up to fill the void of Colton Robbins. Sophomore quarterback Fisher Anderson has to take more care of the football and eliminate those interceptions in order for the Wolves to be successful. North Sevier must be successful in its region matchups in order to become a winning program and prove it belongs with the best of them.
North Sevier coaching history
2013 — Chuck Woodhouse (0-0)
2007-12 — Ryan Higgs (18-42)
2004-06 — Paul Torgerson (7-23)
2003 — Nolan Andersen (0-10)
1999-2002 — Stoney Myers (10-29)
1992-98 — Craig Gladwell (26-41)
1991 — David Gray (1-6)
1990 — Juan Henderson (1-7)
1981-89 — Glen Partridge (37-48)
1978-80 — Ron Dalley (11-15)
1974-77 — Glen Partridge (10-19)
1971-73 — Dennis Crane (6-22)
1927-34 — Parley Davis (4-18-1)
1924-26 — unknown (4-9-1)
1922-23 — Mr. Hansen (0-8)
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2008 —Wyatt Mason, RB
Deseret News First Team All-Staters the past 10 years
2010 — Michael Hales, WR/DL
2008 — Josh Bates, RB/LB
2008 — Evan Pettit, OL/DL
2008 — Bobby Robins, Ol/DL
2008 — Riley Tidlund, TE/LB
2007 — Tyler McEown, RB
2007 — Vance Nelson, OL/DL
2005 — Zak Harrison, WR/DE
2005 — Tyrel Torgerson, QB/DE
To view second team and honorable mention All-Staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Ryan Love was born and raised in Holladay, Utah and is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications. He became a part-time scoreboarder and sports reporter for the Deseret News in October 2012. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org