Big Foot football looking to extend Rock Valley winning streak
With nearly two decades of coaching experience, Greg Enz has landed jobs where his immediate motto was: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
This is not one of those gigs.
Enz takes over a Walworth Big Foot program that has won 48 straight Rock Valley Conference games—50 if last year’s crossovers would have counted in the South. And the Chiefs made the postseason for the 11th straight year last season under Rodney Wedig, who has taken over at Beloit Memorial.
“So many things have already been put in place,” said Enz, a former Little Chute head coach who returns to the state after a brief stint as a high school assistant in Florida. “There is a strong weight-room program, and the kids understand the attitude that it takes to be an athlete at Big Foot and have high expectations.”
Those expectations—particularly of winning another conference title—won’t change. But the Chiefs will face stiff competition from perennial power Brodhead/-Juda, as well as up-and-coming Clinton, in the RVC South.
To the naked eye, Big Foot lacks the overwhelming size and depth of previous years, but the Chiefs are far from scrawny and have valuable veteran players returning.
At running back, Enz says Brandon Hausner is one of the best he’s ever been around. And Big Foot returns Brett Morris under center.
“He really is an athletic kid that throws the ball very well,” Enz said. “He makes good decisions and has a real great understanding of space.”
Up front, 6-foot, 260-pound senior Will Utesch will lead the offensive line, and the Chiefs have three linemen weighing in north of 250 pounds.
“It’s funny, because the guys on staff … have said on occasion that these aren’t the lines they’ve had in the past,” Enz said. “I’ve had to respond by somewhat jokingly saying, ‘If this is small, I would like to know what big is.’”
The Chiefs’ defense will be anchored at the back, led by two-way players Hausner and Chandler Hehr, as well as senior Anthony Williams.
Utesch anchors the defensive line, and senior Quin Dixon leads the linebackers.
“There’s been some shifting (schematically) … but I’ve also tried to be very cognizant of the fact that every coach is back and every player is back,” Enz said. “I’m the only new guy, so why should I be making radical changes?”
The Chiefs players have been working to make sure there are no radical changes when it comes to results, either.
“They’ve said on occasion that they’re the ones that people don’t think can win the conference title, that (the run of success is) going to end with them,” Enz said. “They’ve really taken that and used it to work harder, do the extra things and demand more out of their teammates and themselves.”