WOODSON, TX (KAUZ) - We wrap up Class 1A Division II in our Training Camp Road Trip with our lone team in District 11, the Woodson Cowboys.
They're working with their third coach in three years, but this time the new coach is one of their own: Brady Hibbitts.
"I grew up in Woodson my whole life and I graduated high school from there in 2013," he said. "And so it's kind of, you would say, every coach's dream to go back to your hometown and start out there."
This will be coach Hibbitts's very first head coaching job of his career, so he will have to plan for the upcoming season and lay the ground work for his coaching philosophy.
"Your first year is your building year and this first year is kind of -- it's going to be that for me and Coach Harris we are both first year coaches and this year its kind of...we have to establish ourselves as coaches our philosophy that we want to run on offense and defense and from there it will set the tempo for the season and hopefully for our career there at Woodson."
Woodson will rely on a nice mix of younger players coming into the program and some older players coming back that they think have the talent to help the team compete in 2017.
"I think we are going to have about six or seven upperclassman returning and there is a lot of talent there," Hibbitts said. "We have one or two kids that are very physical on and off the ball and they are also great athletes that can run up and down the field."
The last time the Cowboys had a winning season was back in 2012, Coach Hibbitts's senior year. He knows what success looks like and feels the key to the future of the program is really building with the younger players.
"I think we are going to hopefully have about ten to fifteen younger freshman and sophomore kids come out," he said. "And that's where we need to start at. I know these older kids, I mean they are great athletes. But even with them, if we can start building that program with those underclassmen in years to come, Woodson will start rising up the chain again."
Woodson Cowboys 2017 Tentative Schedule
Aug. 31 vs Wichita Christian JV, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Vernon Northside, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Blackwell, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs Newcastle, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Bryson, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Lueders-Avoca, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs Harrold, 7:30 p.m. - if Harrold plays this season
Oct. 20 BYE
Oct. 27 at Moran, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 at Strawn, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 vs Rising Star, 7:30 p.m.