In our Training Camp Road Trip, we wrap up District 4-2A Div. I with a look at the Windthorst Trojans!
After six-straight playoff appearances, the Trojans are hoping to keep that going, and go even deeper in the playoffs this time around!
The District is up for grabs in 2015, with a lot of teams bringing back a lot of talent. "There's going to be a pretty good team left, out of the playoffs, even taking four," said Windthorst Head Coach Chris Tackett.
One key for the Trojans to make sure they're not that team is shoring up their rush defense. They allowed nearly 200 yards per game on the ground in 2014, and nearly five yards per carry. This year, they hope a quicker front seven will help change that.
"I think our 'backers are really fast, really good," said senior lineman Carson Conrady. "And our line, they know what they're doing and they're pretty good."
"We're quick and we can go man-up if we need to," said fellow senior Chase Ingram, a running back and linebacker. "We're really versatile."
The Trojans will turn the keys to the offense over to senior Peyton Hoffman, who replaces three-year starter Chandler King.
"Peyton has known since the start of the year, that this is his job and it's his year to do it," said Coach Tackett.. "And I think he's prepared, he's prepared well."
"Peyton's a good quarterback," Conrady said. "He's played before so he knows what he's doing. And I think he'll be really good."
"He knows how to run the show," Tackett added. "You know he's a senior, and I think the guys look to him to calm everything down and keep the offense working."
He'll be helped by an athletic offensive line.
"We all have pretty good speed," says senior lineman Landry Vieth, who earned all-state mention on both offense and defense last year. "We can get out there on the screens and stuff that we run in the spread offense."
While traditionally district and state titles have been the goal in Windthorst, this year's team is just aiming to make the playoffs in this tough district, and then make some noise.
"Everybody wants to win District, but really to advance you've got to make the playoffs," said Coach Tackett. "District championships are nice, but you've got to get into the race."
The Trojans open up the regular season with one of Texoma's best rivalry matchups, a visit to Munday on August 28th.