Note: Woods Cross finished with a 6-5 overall record in 2016 and third in Region 5 with a 3-2 record. It lost to Springville 43-7 in 4A quarterfinals.
WOODS CROSS — It isn’t everyday that a new coach walks into a situation ready-made for winning. More often than not first-year head coaches are part of extensive rebuilding projects. And yet, that is exactly the position Woods Cross head coach Andrew Fresques finds himself heading into the 2017 season.
“Woods Cross has obviously had a really successful football program,” said Fresques. “Last year they were a playoff team and it was only a couple of seasons ago that they went 11-2 and made the semifinals. We are really going to try to just keep the success they’ve had here going. We want to keep that winning attitude.”
With experience on both sides of the ball, including six returning starters on offense, five on defense, that shouldn’t be difficult to do.
“Not only do the kids know how to win, they expect to win,” said Fresques. “The lights aren’t going to be bright for these guys on Friday night. All I have tried to do is make sure we are disciplined and execute.”
As far as Fresques is concerned, execution is the key to any successful football team and it will be especially important as the Wildcats transition to the 5A classification.
“We are in a tough region. I honestly believe that the four-seed in Region 5 will be able to compete with the one-seed in any other region,” said Fresques. “That being said, we can only control what we can control. That is really what it all comes down to. Execution. The team that executes better is going to win.”
Just surviving Region 5 isn’t the Wildcats goal, however. As difficult as the region promises to be, with teams such as Roy and Box Elder joining the fray, Fresques and his squad have loftier goals.
“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say our goal was to win a state championship,” said Fresques. “We don’t put in all of this time, all the hours of sacrifice, to not win a state title.”
Fresques continued noting, “We want it all. We want to win our home games. We want to beat our…