WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls High School opened spring football practice on Monday, looking to start on their road back to the playoffs.
They have not reached the post-season since 2014, in Danny Russell's second season at the helm.
Grant Freeman was the team's third coach in as many seasons last year, but now he's back for his second season at Old High, which he thinks will help with continuity.
"Last year at this time, when we started spring ball, I had been on the job for about four days," Freeman said. "So you know, I think the fact that we're all consistent with our program, we've had a great offseason with our coaches and our kids, and there's not a lot new. And that's a good thing, in our case anyway, in that we're having some consistency. We've now been through a season, been through an offseason and kind of figured each other out."
The Coyotes are playing in a new-look district in the newly-created Class 5A Division II, which should help them find opponents more their size.
"Any time that you wipe the slate clean and you start all over again, which you do each season, especially this one with a new district, I think it kinda puts a little extra pep in your step," Freeman said. "The kids get a little more excited because now we know who we've got for the next two years. We know our pre-district schedule, we know our district schedule. And I think it just presents a great opportunity for the kids to go out and not only get better but go against some different competition."
Coyote spring football will culminate in a spring game in May.