The Outlaws will take momentum into this season.
Enterprise High School has plenty of confidence heading into this football season. The Outlaws boast a big roster, with more than 40 players. They include several veterans who last year helped the program win four straight games and finish with its most successful mark since 2002. They are back, along with many talented newcomers, with even more ambitions on their minds.
"The kids set high goals for themselves," assistant coach Mike Rowley said. "I think they're tangible. Last year, we took a big step and made a lot of progress. We don't want the kids to be satisfied with just doing that. We want them to take the next step."
The offense features talent. Senior Chaunce Galletly will begin as quarterback. Last year, he replaced Kyle Stangel after the starter suffered a concussion late in the season at Elgin. Stangel returns to the sideline, serving as an student assistant coach. Galletly will have many options. Running plays will call for a hand off to junior tailback Marcus Lynn. Last year, he scored 13 touchdowns. Expect more. Lynn can take advantage of blocks by senior fullback Trent Martin, who transferred from Joseph. Galletly could also throw the ball to senior Matt Perren or junior Max McHugh, a receiver from Spray. Tight end J.R. Masters has bulked up for his senior year.
Both the ground attack and the aerial assault will rely on a powerful line of blockers. Senior Alex Courtney snaps the ball. The center is flanked by senior Sean Dean, junior Michael Baty, junior Erich Roepke, sophomore Jacob Curtis and sophomore Jordan Widener. They average about 200 pounds, with the exception of Curtis, a brute around 270.
Over the summer, Courtney and Roepke prepared for this season at a training camp in Eugene organized by the University of Oregon. In addition to blocking, Roepke also worked on his place-kicking skills. Last year, he scored 12 extra-points.
Meanwhile, Enterprise has a formidable defense. The line starts with Dean, Curtis, Baty, Masters, Courtney and Roepke. They are backed by Martin, Galletly and junior Brock Hayes. Opposing receivers must contend with sophomores Joseph Harshman and Cody Duquette as well as Lynn, McHugh and Perren.
"We haven't had a down practice," Rowley said. "The kids are positive. This group has been as pumped up as any I've ever coached."
The Outlaws are especially strong in numbers. Last year, injuries plagued them. But the 2010 team is deep. The extra seniors include Josh Connolly and Carson Makin. Long-distance runner Randall Rystrom switched from cross country, along with junior Josh Higginbotham. His classmates on the football team are Dustin Denton, Stefan Quarry, Duncan Christman, Dusty Royse and Steve Carter. They will play alongside many sophomores: Dustin Dean, Cody Arbogast and John Green.
In addition to experienced players, Enterprise has quite a few rookies. Many stars from junior high will quietly develop their skills. They include Kyle Roepke, Caden Christman, Damon Walker, Dylan Denton, Sheldon Baty, Trevor Wentz, Alex Tyler, Tristan Morehouse and Dylan Hammerschmith. They are joined by more freshmen: Damon Greenshields, Luke Moore, Cody White and Spencer Heninger. This year's team also recruited a pair of students on foreign exchange: Konstantin Von Haigwitz and Nagy Matyas.