August 19, 2014 | 03:37 PMWALWORTH — There have been a lot of changes for the football team over the off season, but one thing will remain the same for the Chiefs.
Their season-opener will again be against Westosha Central, a team they beat last August 38-0. Westosha went 1-8 for the 2013 season.
New head coach Greg Enz said he talked to Westosha head coach Tyson Mengel about Friday’s game.
“He’s trying to build a program over there,” Enz said of Mengel. “That’s a process. It’s going to take some time. That being said, we’re not going to take them lightly.”
The Westosha team lost a lot of a players, Enz said, but that doesn’t mean the Chiefs don’t have to take the game seriously.
“We still have to keep our focus,” he said.
Last year, the Chiefs ended the season with an 11-1 record, losing 7-2 in November to the Plateville Hillmen in the state quarterfinals.
The Chiefs will see returning quarterback Brett Morris and running back Brandon Hausner, both seniors this year, though key players in 2013, running back Tim Long and line backer Gus Wedig, both graduated.
Enz said he thinks this year’s team is ready for that first game.
“Like most coaches, I would have liked to have more practice time,” he said.
Before the Aug. 15 scrimmage in Kenosha, Enz said the team wasn’t at full strength and he’d use the scrimmage to fully vet the backup squad.
“We have a couple kids with injuries that we don’t want to aggravate,” he said. “This scrimmage will be a chance to evaluate the backups. What can we work on with them? Maybe we need improvements, and maybe we’re just fine.”
Enz said he’s glad for this chance to see how the team works together while on the field.
He almost had the starting line set for the Westosha game, but he said he was waiting to finalize it until after the scrimmage.
“Obviously there are going to be improvements from week to week,” he said. “How we perform now will be much different from how we perform in a few weeks. We just need to continue to grow.”
Though Enz is a new leader for the team, he said the players are beginning to connect with him.
“That was one of my biggest concerns starting here,” he said. “I think there are some relationships developing. It’s going to take time and continued efforts.”
In a prior interview, Enz said he was glad that the rest of the coaching staff had remained in place with his hire. Enz replaced Rodney Wedig who took a coaching and teaching position at Beloit Memorial.
Enz isn’t worried about his first game as head coach in front of a home-crowd of Chief fans.
“I’ve been blessed with being a head coach for 14 years now,” he said. “I’m excited for that game, but not nervous. I think nervous has (negative meanings). The butterflies are there, yes. I’m looking forward to it.”
Friday’s game against Westosha is a nonconference match.
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