Head Coach: Linn Hibbs
2016 Record: 1-8
Returning Starters Offense: Kyle Sawyer - Sr. WR/DB, Jayden Tate - Sr. WR/DB, Izzy Amezcua - Sr. RB, Austin Tapia - Sr. TE
Returning Starters Defense: Gavin Crowe - Sr. DL, Sebastian Morrissey - Jr. LB, Landon Davis - Jr. DB, Jack Mull - Jr. DB
The Vikings have a good old fashion quarterback battle going into the 2017 season.
Hayden Gibson earned the start in the season finale last year against Mulvane. He led the offense to a 31 point showing in a losing effort against Wildcats. His competition is sophomore KC Crandall. Crandall did not take a varsity snap during his freshman year, but has matured in the offseason and finds himself competing for the most important position on the football field.
Kyle Sawyer and Jayden Tate will be main targets at wide receiver. However, when the quarterback position is unestablished, chemistry is hard to build and often takes extra work.
“We’ve been playing catch almost every night after weights,” says Sawyer. We’re just working on getting a good team chemistry going and getting that going towards the season.”
Austin Tapia could emerge as a prime target for Winfield's starting quarterback. The tight end is an extremely physical player who has fully bought into the program and the new coaching staff. He’s a player that will do whatever it takes to win.
The Vikings are after a bounce back from a disappointing 2016 campaign. The team finished 1-8 and 0-5 in the league in Linn Hibbs’ first season as head coach. The team has high hopes of a big turnaround this year.
“We’re getting better. We have a lot of young players and we have been working hard in the weight room,” says Kyle Sawyer. “We’re just working on improving and getting to the playoffs. That’s our goal.”
The Vikings return 21 lettermen and eight combined starters on each side of the ball. Hibbs has more optimism this off-season with his system and philosophy more ingrained in players.
“Our kids will better understand our expectations and how hard you have to play to be successful,” says Hibbs. “We feel good about the progress we have made.”
The team’s motto is “win the day.” The motto is simple but effective, and when you’re looking to shift one-win season into a playoff appearance – it’s the right motto.