WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — We continue our annual month-long slate of Friday Night Football previews with District 7-2A, DII.
Next up, the defending State Champion Windthorst Trojans.
It’s not a rebuild, but a reloading year, as the quest for another playoff push begins.
December 16, 2020 is a day the community of Windthorst will never forget.
However, for the Trojan football team, it’s a day from which they must move on to try and avoid a championship hangover.
Senior lineman Eduardo Olivo returns on both sides of the ball, though many stars of the state championship team have graduated.
“We have to prove to ourselves that we belong in the talk, even after our senior class graduated,” Olivo said. “We have a target on our back but we can’t see it that way. We have to do it like we did last year; be the hunter, not the hunted.”
The pressure to be good again isn’t lost on these Trojans; they graduated five All-State players, many in skill positions, leaving massive shoes to fill.
Fortunately, the class 2A Coach of the Year Chris Tackett knows how to reload.
He’s been there and done that. And after 25 years at Windthorst and 10 years as the head football coach, he knows what it takes.
“They’ve seen winning and they’ve seen good,” Tackett said. “And they know what that is and now it’s up to them. Can we reach that level? We haven’t played a game yet, so we’re not sure. But we know what it takes.
If the Trojans are to follow up their championship season with another state title, it’ll take impact performances from some new names, including:
- Logan Cope — Quarterback
- Hunter Herndon — Reciever
- Landon McLemore — Receiver
- Haven Vieth — Running Back
- Clay Hoff — Running Back
The list could go on, but one thing is certain.
It’s a new era of Windthorst football, but that doesn’t mean the expectation has changed.
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