The last group of Windthorst Trojans seniors put together a solid two-year run, winning 24 games and reaching the state championship game in 2010.
But that group is gone this year, leaving a new crop of Trojans to pick up the mantle.
"It's a transition every year," says first-year head coach Chris Tackett. "You lose great players every year. Hopefully you've built them up, from junior high on, to take that place."
Another component of those teams that is no longer around is head coach Bill Green.
Tackett, Green's longtime defensive coordinator, takes over the reins of the program. Players say it's like nothing changed.
"There hasn't been a difference at all," says senior quarterback Kellen Green. "We've had the same practices [as previously]."
"Really hasn't changed at all," agrees senior lineman Adam Hoff. "I mean, it's the same field, same drills, same practice, basically."
Coach Tackett says that was intentional. "The terminology is the same, we're still running the same offense and defense that we had, so it's been, I guess, a smooth transition under the circumstances," he said.
Aiding in that transition is another team full of talent, and Windthorst's usual wealth of size up front.
"We're just gonna run the ball," says senior tight end and defensive end Macaully Bowen. "Smash-mouth football, and just Trojan football."
Hoff estimates the Trojans' line averages about 250 pounds.
"I'm one of the smaller ones," says Hoff, who was listed last year at 228 pounds. "I mean we've got Derek [Mankins] and Brendon [Schreiber], both around 270. They're pretty strong. Not taking anything away from Brent [Hemmi] and Hunter [Morath] and me, but they're definitely leading us."
That's something Green, who got a little varsity time under center while Joe Hoegger was injured at the start of the season, can appreciate.
"It feels real good having those big guys, knowing that it's going to take a lot to move them," Green said. "It just gives me a little confidence that I've got a bunch of extra time."
The Trojans were ranked #9 in Class A (Combined) in the AP Texas Preseason Poll, and #5 in Division I by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine. In order to live up to those lofty expectations, they'll need that line to be as dominant on the field as it looks.
Windthorst Trojans 2012 Varsity Schedule
Aug. 31 at Munday, 7:30
Sept. 7 at Holliday, 7:00
Sept. 14 vs City View, 7:00
Sept. 21 vs Millsap, 7:00
Sept. 28 vs Petrolia, 7:00
Oct. 5 vs Throckmorton, 7:00**
Oct. 12 at Archer City, 7:00*
Oct. 19 vs Seymour, 7:00*
Oct. 26 at Olney, 7:00*
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 vs Quanah, 7:00*
*District 3-A Div. I game
**Half 6-Man exhibition game, Homecoming