WINDTHORST, TX (KAUZ) - Our Training Camp Road Trip continues in District 5-2A Div. I with the Windthorst Trojans. They're coming off a 8-win season, and with 15 returning letter-winners, they're expecting more success in 2017.
The Trojans come into camp loaded with returning talent on both sides of the ball. Head coach Chris Tackett expects the experience from last season to really help the younger players.
"I expect a lot from the seniors coming back," Tackett said. "Because you know they were an important part last year and with them getting the playing time and the playoff experience I think they will carry that over and it will bleed down to the younger kids we got coming up."
"We still have a bunch of seniors on the team," said junior wide receiver and cornerback Nathan Bales. "A bunch of great players so we just got to all fit in and have a great team."
The Trojans bring back Hunter Wolf at quarterback and a good set of running backs in the backfield, so they want to be a balanced team this year to keep the defense guessing.
"We're really a balanced offense," said senior offensive lineman and linebacker Coby Schroeder. "I mean we have a really good running back and quarterback and a nice receiving core too, and also a pretty good line so I think we are going to be really balanced."
"I feel like we will have a balanced offense," said Bales. "We have good fast wide receivers and then we have a great line to block for our running back Koy, we should be a balanced offense."
"Being balanced is what really is going to help us," said Coach Tackett. "Of course we have some running backs that can really go, but I think we've got some guys on the outside that we can get the ball to, that we hope creates some problems for defenses. Maybe we can make some first downs."
Coming into his second season under center, the Trojans expect a big year out of Wolf.
"Hunter, he would gain a lot of confidence his second year," said Bales. "I feel like he can come in and start strong and we know a bunch of plays and we always work after practice always staying together so I feel like we are going to have a great connection and everything."
On defense, the Trojans want to create some turnovers, and they will be able to lean on one of the best defensive players in the district in senior nose guard Curtis Hulse.
"We're going to be really aggressive," said Schroeder. "And try to get a high amount of turnovers. Try to get the ball as much as we can."
"He's a great player, we all know that." said Bales. "He can make a stop whenever we need to, so we just play off of him and we always help him out, no matter what. And he's always going to be there to help us out."
The Trojans made it to the third round of the playoff last year but they hope this year they can go even further and do something special.
"It would be amazing to go deep into the playoffs," said Hulse, who also plays on the offensive line. "We have gone three rounds deep and never been further, so it would be amazing to go further."
"Our ultimate goal is to go as far as we can," said Schroeder. "Hopefully a state championship, but we are trying to -- all the new guys that are coming in, we are just trying to teach them our ways and our tradition and just try to help them out."
"The coaches and I are really just trying to tell them to kind of take it one game at a time," said Coach Tackett. "And let's play the games as they come. Let's not try and get to caught up in games that are four, five, six, seven weeks down the road. You know, we will do our pre-district schedule and we will play district. And like I said, if we are lucky enough to get in the playoffs, we will go from there."
The Trojans will open their season with a home game against the Henrietta Bearcats on September 1st.
On Saturday, we'll start District 5-3A Div. II with the City View Mustangs.
Windthorst Trojans 2017 Schedule
Sept. 1 vs Henrietta, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Jacksboro, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs Quanah, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Munday, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Electra, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Anson, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs Windthorst, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 20 BYE
Oct. 27 at Chico, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 3 vs Alvord, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 10 at Seymour, 7 p.m.*