The Winfield Vikings will play aggressive football this season in order to increase their points per game as well as defend against the 32 points per game they allowed in 2011.
Coach: Justin Price (entering his 7th season as Winfield head coach 21-34 overall)
2011 Recap: 4-5 overall, 1-2 in district
Returning Starters: Offense 8, Defense 9
Returning Lettermen: 20
2012 District: Clearwater, Mulvane, Wellington
Offense: The Vikings plan to limit turnovers and lessen penalties on the offensive side of their game. In order to continue to run their spread offense, Winfield will utilize senior leadership from wide receivers Anthony Soto and Ryan Minton. The spread will call for more receivers which can be found in juniors Sam Camp, Logan Mays, and Aubrey Herlocker.
Running backs like senior Brandon Rolo and junior Jordan Johnson will look to replace Marty Hawkins who rushed for 772 yards, the most on the Viking roster last season. Another replacement to be made is for last year’s quarterback Tyler Crandall who averaged 85.3 passing yards per game and led the team overall in scoring. There are three quarterbacks listed on this season’s roster, senior Tanner Hottinger, junior Caleb Tapia, and sophomore Will Adler. It will be up to the team and coaches to find the right fit for 2012.
Seniors Trevor Richardson, Travis Allender, and Josh Horn along with junior Elijah Muldrow will be responsible for protecting the offensive line as the new quarterback finds his open receivers.
“We must play as a team, unselfishly, toward a common goal,” said Coach Price. “We must trust each other while still holding each other accountable.”
Defense: Keeping the opposing offense from completing big plays will be the main objective of the Viking’s 4-3 defensive game. Offensive threats including Camp, Soto, Mays, and Allender will play on the opposite side of the ball with defensive highlights Horn, Muldrow, and Richardson.
“We will come in to the season still young but pretty experienced,” said Coach Price. “We must mature and improve week after week. We must figure out our roll offensively and defensively and put everything we have into it.”
The Vikings will certainly put everything into every game as they play most of their players on both sides of the ball. Minton, Johnson, Rolo, and Herlocker will join with their fellow upperclassmen to lead the defense in their hunt for turnovers.
Odds and Ends: Last season the Winfield offense averaged 18.7 points per game and was shut out twice. With an identical record in 2010 and 2011, the Vikings are in search of a different outcome in 2012.
Winfield faced the same district for the last two seasons, so far they have won two and lost four of those qualifying competitions. Since 2008 the Winfield Vikings have not seen season post-season play, but with 20 returning lettermen they will look at their experience as their biggest asset.