Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Coaches Add a Wrinkle; Wolfson and Englewood Have an Element of Surprise in Their Arsenal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Coaches Add a Wrinkle; Wolfson and Englewood Have an Element of Surprise in Their Arsenal

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Byline: FRANCINE KING

Certainty is hard to come by in high school football. Dozens of factors can affect the outcome of a game or a season.

And for District 4-4A, two more unpredictable factors have been added this year: Law Johnson and Theo Denson.

The two men have taken over the head coaching positions at Wolfson and Englewood, respectively. Last year, both teams finished 3-2 in the district, with Wolfson defeating Englewood in the regular season to for the runner-up title and the district's second playoff berth.

"With the new coaches coming in, we kind of don't know what to expect [from those programs]," Lee coach Randy Glass said. "I'm glad I don't play either one of those two teams right there on the first ballgame, because at least I have some time to figure out what's going on with those guys."

Johnson, a 1991 Wolfson graduate, spent the past two seasons as head coach at Potter's House Christian, which was expelled from the FHSAA for two years after rules violations in football and girls basketball. Despite the school's troubles, Johnson earned a good reputation for his ability to coach talented players. Now his new players are ready for him to turn things around at Wolfson, which made the playoffs last season but finished 3-8. All three of the Wolfpack's wins came in district play.

"Wolfson is known as an underdog in football in Jacksonville," Wolfson safety C.J. Steward said. "We have a great track team, good basketball, good baseball at times, but everybody's thinking, 'Oh, I wonder what Wolfson's going to get this year, because they've got a new coach.' I'm really excited about it."

People might be thinking the same thing about Englewood, though Denson isn't new to the Rams' program - or coaching. He takes the reins as head coach after three seasons as defensive backs coach under Thomas Laubach.

Though he's never been a head coach, Denson has worked in high school football for 17 years, including stints as a defensive coordinator at Wolfson and Baldwin. …

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