An experienced and talented team returns for Windthorst. Long-time head coach Bill Green says the Trojans have hit the ground running this season, with fewer but more productive reps throughout practice.
Part of the reason for the continuity is that the kids have been playing together for as long as they can remember.
"We've been building that chemistry since then, and it's just getting to that highest peak right now," junior quarterback/linebacker Kellen Green said.
The most recent peak was a run to the state championship game last season, all part of a 12-2 year overall.
"It was awesome," senior linebacker/running back Chase Schreiber said. "You get real pumped up."
Windthorst fell 32-7 to Falls City in that title game, providing the first grain of motivation for the 2011 season. Kellen Green remembers how hard the team worked all of 2010, and says that they'll have to put in even more effort and work this season to earn another title shot.
The title-game aspirations, and the new target placed on their backs by all of their opponents, are more than enough for Schreiber. He says it makes him want to come out twice as hard on Friday nights.
Coach Green, no relation to Kellen, says every opponent will be giving Windthorst its best shot this season. He welcomes the pressure and says it doesn't change the team's goals.
"We're here to win championships, whether it's district, area, bi-district, whatever the next game, and that's the most important one," Bill Green said.
One key to handling all of the pressure and expectations will be depth. Coach Green says, like any other class A team, the team is little thin at some positions. Staying healthy will mean as much to Windthorst as any other Texoma team.
Windthorst kicks off the season at home Thursday night against Holliday. Make sure to check back with Newschannel 6 for highlights and reaction from the season opener!