ENTERPRISE— A full head of steam could help Enterprise become a top-three team in 2A South in 2014 and possibly even produce a six- or seven-win season.
“I think so,” said Enterprise coach Malin Williams when the question was posed. “We’ll just have to see how it goes. There’s a challenge with our region schedule, but we think we can.”
The football program at Enterprise has steadily risen during Williams' tenure as head coach, and the 2014 team will look similar to the coach's previous squads.
“It’ll be a lot of the same. I just mean scheme-wise there are no things changing,” said Williams. “We just want to be sound.”
Enterprise has struggled to earn victories against region opponents in previous seasons. This fall, the Wolves won't have to face the top teams from their league until the end of the regular season. Williams suggested it will take solid execution and perhaps a bit of luck to earn wins against those top-tier teams.
“Obviously, you’ve got to play your scheme well and honestly you’ve got to get a little lucky sometimes,” said Williams. “Grand, Beaver and San Juan are all great teams, so at some point we hope to get past them once or twice.”
Enterprise Wolves at a glance
(6 returning starters)
Kelton Hunt returns for Enterprise at running back, and should see the majority of the carries in 2014.
Hunt torched defenses in 2A to the tune of almost 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013, averaging over 135 yards a game.
Williams admitted that while Hunt will be the go-to guy, he won't burden Hunt with having to carry the workload this year.
“What we hope to do is spread it around a little more. You may see the number of carries decrease for Kelton, but we’ll have to see.”
Brandell Shumway has been named the quarterback moving forward, and Williams said he’s expecting a bit more from his QB this year.
“I think you always expect the players to improve, and that goes for Brandell as well,” said Williams. “He’s matured a lot, and is a great athlete, so we have good athletes in the backfield including the QB.”
Ricky Ramos led the Wolves in receptions last year, and will be Shumway’s main target going forward in 2014. Ramos will also be taking the reps as kicker for Enterprise his senior season.
(6 returning starters)
Seniors Jesse Williams and Connor Phelps return to anchor the Enterprise defense. The duo led the team in tackles this past season, and will get added help from junior linebacker Michael Dougherty.
As the season approaches, Williams noted that the defense has been fine-tuning and filling the holes after last year.
“We’re focusing more on pass coverage. In fact, there is more of an emphasis on pass coverage this year in our attempt to button up a few holes on the defensive side of things.”
Enterprise coaching history
2012-current — Malin Williams (8-11)
2007-2011 — Barry Jones (30-23)
2005-2006 — Scott Robinson (15-10)
2004 — Dustin Pearce (8-4)
2000-2003 — Randy Hunter (32-13)
1999 — Chris Anderson (2-7)
1997-1998 — Spencer Moody (5-13)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2013 — Kelton Hunt, RB/LB
2011 — Ryan West, RB/LB
2011 — Sage Palmer, WR/DB
2010 — Slade Moyle, QB/DB
2010 — Jade Hulet, RB/LB
2009 — Robert Hunt, WR/LB
2009 — Ryan Jones, WR/LB
2009 — Travis Colf, OL/DL
2008 — Kevin Cervantes, RB/LB
2007 — Trevor Colf, WR/DB
2007 — Chance Phelps, RB/DB
2006 — Brian Cates, OL/DL
2006 — Dallin Clove, TE/LB
2005 — Sam Fenn, RB/LB
2005 — Dallin Clove, TE/DL
2005 — Brian Cates, OL/DL
2005 — Jerron Evans, WR/DB
2004 — Lance Jones, RB
2004 — Sam Fenn, RB
2004 — Blake Holt, OL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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