WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - We finish our look at class 1A, Division II with the Throckmorton Greyhounds. They're on their fourth head coach in five years. And looking to get back where they're used to being on top of their district.
?Aaron Ashford will lead the greyhounds this season replacing Brad Hall who left after two years for Garden City. Ashford, an Abilene native who spent last year as head coach of Paint Creek, in the same district as Throckmorton.
"I interviewed for one coaching position, and ended up becoming the head football coach," Coach Ashford said. "Which I'm more than pleased with that."
Coach Ashford knows all about Throckmorton's rich history, with three state titles in four years from 2011-2014. And he wants to build on that.
"There's a lot of tradition," Ashford said. "And we're going to do what we can to keep the tradition, but enhance it."
Coach Ashford already got a look at the Greyhounds last year when he was with Paint Creek. Throckmorton beat the Pirates 68-18 that season.
"With a new coach comes different things, different set of expectations, different mentality," Ashford said "We're going to be ok. They're hard-working guys and they want to win."
He's expecting to start the season with about 17 or 18 players on the roster. Good numbers for a Division II school. He said he wants a resilient team in 20-17...
"We'll be tough. I like to get a tough mind into my players," Ashford said. "In 6-man football, even if you win a game, you're going to be down, maybe two or three touchdowns. But not giving up when you get hit. Maintaining that plan, after you get punched in the mouth, maintain your plan."
He compared his team's pre-district schedule, which features area teams like Knox City and Newcastle. To one of Abilene Wylie's famous gauntlet schedules.
"You're proven once you get into your own district," Ashford said. "We have Gorman on the schedule. We have May on the schedule."
While he only has a handful of seniors this year. He does return a lot of under-class experience.
"We're young, but down the line that helps us," Ashford said. "But we're young coming in, so we'll have to mature quick. We'll have to grow up really fast." i
If they can do that, they'll have a good chance to win a district that didn't see one team post a winning overall record last season.
The Greyhounds open their season Thursday, August 31st at the Jayton Gridiron classic. Taking on Ropes at 6 p.m.
On Monday, our training camp road trip moves up to Class 1A, Division I with the Woodson Cowboys and the Knox City Greyhounds!
Throckmorton Greyhounds 2017 Schedule
Aug. 31 vs Ropes, 6 p.m. in Jayton
Sept. 8 at Gorman, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs May, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Knox City, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Newcastle, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Saint Jo, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Aspermont, 7:30 p.m.*
Oct. 20 vs Lueders-Avoca, 7:30 p.m.*
Oct. 27 BYE
Nov. 3 at Paint Creek 7:30 p.m.*
Nov. 10 vs Rule, 7:30 p.m.*