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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.
(4 returning starters; Wing-T offense)
Dylan Tripp, Rob Reber and Jacob Clark are all returning starters on the offensive line, varsity experience which will be very beneficial as the team transitions to the new Wing-T offense. Joe Holt takes over at fullback for the Wolves, while Dustin Tullis will be one of the featured running backs. Tullis was very dangerous whenever he carried the ball last year rushing for 264 yards on just 22 carries.
(3 returning starters)
Enterprise was one of the best defenses in 2A last year, but expectations aren’t nearly as high this year with just three starters back. Anchoring the defense will be returning defensive lineman Tripp, who racked up 55 tackles last year, and linebacker Holt, who was third on the team with 60 tackles. Tripp is a very strong athlete who won the power-lifting competition in his age group at the Utah Summer Games. Reber played sparingly on defense last year, but he’s expected to take on a much larger role this year.
Coaches preseason 2A South straw poll: Fourth
Deseret News 2A South prediction: Sixth
Bottom line: Enterprise hasn’t finished below second in region in the past three years, so it’s not fair to say an offensive switch was a must. However, the Wolves had regular-season success that never translated to playoff success. The program might take a slight step back this year while it adjusts to the new offense and 2A South teams like South Sevier, Richfield and Beaver all fight with Enterprise — and each other — for the No. 2 seed.
Aug. 17 — DIAMOND RANCH, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at Lincoln County, Nev., 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — SOUTH SEVIER, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — at Kanab, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Beaver, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — RICHFIELD, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — GRAND, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at San Juan, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 — Playoffs
Felt’s Facts for Enterprise High School
All-time record: 92-70 (15 years)
Region championships: 2 (2005, 2009 co)
Playoff appearances: 12
All-time playoff record: 10-11
State championships: 1 (2003)
State championship record: 1-2
Most played rivalry: 16 meetings with Parowan dating back to 1997. Enterprise leads 11-5. Meet on Aug. 31.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Enterprise holds the single-game safety record (tied with two others) of three, set in 2005 against Whitehorse.
Enterprise coaching history
2012 — Malin Williams
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 MVPs the past 10 years
2003 — Kody Phelps, RB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
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
2003 — Kyle Carter, DL
2003 — Lance Jones, RB/LB
2003 — Kody Probst, DL
2003 — Kyle Woodard, RB/DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.