The Enterprise Football Team has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the past few years. Now, the Wildcats are dealing with a coaching change as well.
Kevin Collins resigned as head coach at the end of last season. The Wildcats wasted little time, hiring David Faulkner from Fairhope as Collins replacement.
Faulker led Fairhope to a 10-3 record and the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs last season. Now, he's being tasked with a rebuilding an Enterprise program that has won just two playoff games in the past 15 years.
"I think any time you come in you have a blueprint, or you have a plan," Faulkner said. "We have a way we're going to run the program, and the idea we have for the offense and defense, but in high school football, you play with what you have. Sometimes, those skill levels or ability levels change fro player to player."
Faulkner inherits a young team with few returning starters. So, he hopes his team will take full advantage of training camp and hit the ground running once the season begins on August 31st.
"The thing is, they need to play," Faulkner said. "They need to get some game reps. They need to get some experience, and I think as they do that, they'll develop as players.
"Then, they'll help us win football games down the road."
Enterprise has changed regions this year, joining Dothan and Northview in a move to Class 6A Region 2. So, instead of playing region teams from East Alabama, like Opelika and Central-Phenix City, the Wildcats will face schools from Mobile like Daphne, and Faulkner's former team, Fairhope.
The Wildcats open the regular season at home on August 31st, hosting Smiths Station.
Enterprise 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 vs. Smiths Station (6A)
Fri., Sep. 7 @ Fairhope (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 @ Baldwin County (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 vs. Foley (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 @ Eufaula (5A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Northview (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Dothan (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 vs. Robertsdale (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 @ Daphne (6A) *
Fri., Nov. 2 vs. Jeff Davis (6A)
* denotes region game