The Snowflake Lobos have called upon one of their alumni to take over the reins of the football program.
Ron Tenney, 47, who played football for the Lobos in the early 1980s, has been named head coach, replacing Adam Larsen, who resigned after three seasons to become an assistant coach at Deer Valley High School.
Tenney has been Heber Mogollon’s head football coach the past 17 years, compiling a 143-37 record, which includes two state championships in 2003 and 2008, and five runner-up finishes.
He’s also garnered a number of “Coach of the Year” honors at both the regional and state level.
Last season, he led the Mustangs to a 10-2 record, losing only to Joseph City in both the 1A North and 1A state title games.
Probably the biggest adjustment Tenney will have to make in moving from 1A to 3A football is mastering the nuances of 11-man football after coaching eight-man most of his career.
The main difference between the two is the elimination of three players, which can make the eight-man game much faster, more wide open and scores tend to be higher.
Sometimes, depending on the coach, eight-man football has more trick plays including wildcat formations, fake punts and direct snaps.
Most often in eight man, the players eliminated are two offensive linemen and a wide receiver on offense, and two defensive backs and a defensive lineman on defense.
A basic defensive formation is a 3-3-2, and on offense there are usually three players in the backfield and five on the line of scrimmage.
That, however, can change, dependent on the coach’s philosophy and the formations he uses.
Tenney will also have to adjust to having a much larger coaching staff, more players to oversee and a different set of “Xs” and “Os.”
Also in eight-man, the field is narrower, usually 40 yards wide.
In Heber, Tenney has worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Capps Middle. The past 10 years he has been a district administrator.
In Snowflake, he will work as the Curriculum/Federal Programs District Director.
Soccer deadline approaches
The deadline to register for town-sponsored youth soccer play is just over the horizon.
Sign-ups will wrap up March 13, meaning those children who are not signed up by then could be left out.
Parents who have not yet registered their children for play, should do so as soon as possible on the town’s Web site or in person at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. The registration fee is $25. Games, to be played at Rumsey Park, are set to begin at the end of March. Also, a soccer camp for both players and coaches will be held at the onset of the season.
Other upcoming youth programs include a spring break sports camp and T-ball.
For more information, call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.