The Windthorst Trojans lose good group of seniors – a couple of lineman, a quarterback, a receiver, really, you name it. They graduated quarterback Peyton Hoffman who threw for almost 2500 yards and 23 scores last year. They also graduated Peyton’s favorite target, Garrett Syrus, who had 74 catches for almost 1200 yards and 13 scores last year.
“We lost a really good group. Talented, good teammates, worked hard. And I hope their leadership bled down to the other classes and so far, it looks like it has,” says head coach, Chris Tackett.
Filling the wide receiver hole will hurt a little less this year as senior Brady Tackett returns to the football field after suffering from an injury last year.
“We have good size and speed. We’ll be able to run the ball better, and probably hum it up in the air better, too,” says senior, Klay Dillon.
The Trojans will also look to seniors Dillon and Mitchell Berend this year, “Those guys they’re going to be seniors and they’re going to anchor that line. And we think we’ll get good things from them. Lyndon Teichman’s a really good defensive end. He’s tall and rangy and covers a lot of ground. I think he’ll be a touch match up,” says Tackett.
Head Coach Chris Tackett hopes the Trojan’s playoff run last year – ending in the area round – will ease the transition for some of the younger Trojans who will have to step up this year, “I think it gave some of the younger guys that got into those games at that time of year kind of what it feels like to be playing at that time.”
The Trojans are looking forward to their new district – they join Seymour, Chico, Alvord, and Olney in District 5-2A DI, which really just means less travel, “We lose some of those Abilene schools, and pick up Alvord and Chico. Really, we haven’t played them in a long time, so I don’t know a whole lot about them. But it’ll be a closer drive anyway!”
The Trojans open the season at Henrietta on August 26.