For years, Windthorst has been known for power football, running over and through opponents with their wishbone veer offense. But in 2013, they switched to a wide-open spread offense.
Overall, their scoring was down about a touchdown a game, but they showed some improvement late in the season.
"We weren't all bought at the beginning," admitted senior receiver Avery Blagg. "But we finally got into it. We ended up putting up points at the end of the year."
"You always want to have a good mix of run and pass, and I think this offense really fits our kids," says third-year head coach Chris Tackett. "We've got some athletic kids. Kinda try to get them into space and score some touchdowns."
The trigger to Coach Tackett's offense is third-year starting quarterback Chandler King. He put in a ton of off-season work with his receivers to get ready for his senior year.
"We've worked all summer," Blagg said of his teammate. "We've gone to Austin, we've done just about everything together this summer. He's improved, I've improved, the team's improved."
"It was really great getting to go down to some of those camps," King said. "Getting to get some work with my own receivers, and even some other ones that I just had met."
The Trojans think their spread offense will help them against some of the new powers in their district, like two-time defending state champion Stamford and a tough Anson team that's won 20 games over the past two seasons.
"It's going to be more about speed," Blagg said. "I mean, we're in a district with Stamford and Anson. They're all speed. They've all been fast and do the spread and all that stuff and we just have to be able to compete with them."
"It's gonna help," King agreed. "Because whenever you play a fast-paced team you have to play fast-paced as well."
Last year, Windthorst went 6-6 while reaching the area round of the playoffs. It was an improvement over the year before, but still not where the program likes to see itself.
For the Trojans, high expectations are nothing new.
"We'd like to win every game," Blagg said. "The goal is to win every game. We want to go far in the playoffs. The deal is to improve. We always want to improve."
"There's some tradition down here too," Coach Tackett said when asked about his tough new district. "We've been in that position before, facing those guys and facing returning champions, and people having to face us, too."
Even though this Windthorst team may not look like those of Bill Green's heyday, they still think they're ready.
Blagg says it best: "We aren't as big, but we're athletic and we can get it done."
The Trojans will open the season at home against a long-time rival, the Munday Moguls, on August 29th.