ELGIN, ENTERPRISE READY TO BOUNCE BACK IN WAPITI
After a frustrating year for the Elgin Huskies in 2004, first year head coach Chad Peck said he looks forward to seeing what his team can do in 2005.
"We have the talent at the skill positions," Peck said. "We'd like to grab one of the playoff spots (in the Wapiti League)."
The Huskies hope to improve on their 3-6 overall record and 1-4 record in league from last year.
"We are a lot farther ahead this year than we were last year," Peck said. "We have a good group of kids that really like each other."
Two quarterbacks, sophomore Travis Ludwig and Junior Kole Guentert, will be fighting for the starting job but coach Peck is confident with either player.
"I wouldn't call it a quarterback controversy," Peck said. "Either way we'll have a great QB and a great backup and the one that doesn't get the job will most likely start at tight end."
Whoever starts at quarterback will have senior Bill Miller, running back and target receiver, to help move the ball down the field.
Success for Elgin lays heavily on the shoulders of the young offensive line.
"They are young and smart and if they can get it together then we'll be tough to beat," Peck said.
With only four returning seniors, Peck is focusing on steady improvement.
"We are looking to improving every week," Peck said. "We've got a real young team so that maturity and enthusiasm will be very important."
The Huskies start the 2005 season Friday against Pilot Rock and finish the against Union, a game that could determine their playoff fate.
"It's going to be a battle for those playoff spots," Peck said.
Coach Peck will remain as offensive coordinator from last year and has brought in two new coaches for the defense and special teams.
"We have great camaraderie with the coaching staff and the players," Peck said. "And the most important thing is that these guys are having fun."
The Enterprise football team is trying to recover from their 1-8 season last year and first year head coach J.D. Nobles said that the team is on the right track.
"Their attitudes have been so positive and their work ethic has been great," Nobles said.
Enterprise has a few returning starters including junior tight end Chad Conrad, senior tailback Skyler Easley and Junior fullback Matt Exon.
Anchoring the offensive line are two returning starters sophomore Nick Gannuzzi and junior Casey Chitwood.
Not only is the team young but having a new head coach makes experience a huge concern.
"This is my first tim coaching so i'm worried about how things are going to work out but so far their responses have been unbelievable," Nobles said.
Two starters from last year's team transferred to Joseph; all Wapiti league running back Jake VanDerzanden and Miles Nelson.
Although the team is young, coach Nobles said the younger players have been playing with great maturity in training camp.
"They are doing great," Nobles said. "They're veterans even though they are young."