FOOTBALL PREVIEW: WINCHESTER
July 30, 2014Tri-Eastern Conference
Winchester Golden Falcons
Instilling a winning mentality has been a slow process for Winchester Head Coach Mike Jones. When Jones took over, it appeared the rebuilding process would be lengthy after the Falcons were coming off of a 1-9 season in 2011. Under the leadership of Jones however the Golden Falcons forged through two winning seasons however, Jones and the Falcons remain unsatisfied and will look to fulfill the goals of a Tri Eastern Conference championship as well as a sectional championship.
In 2013 the Falcons scored over 30 points in seven of their eleven games and have a good deal of experience back in skill positions, however, the largest obstacle for the Falcons will be getting over the loss of All-State RB/DE Gatlin Kramer who ran for over 1000 yards on offense and had over 100 tackles on defense. The offense will return their starting quarterback, senior Dustyn Hangen, who threw for 395 yards and ran for another 514 with 14 total touchdowns. Joining Hangen will be
junior running back Kiante Enis. Enis who is known for his exploits on the basketball floor was no slouch on the football field a year ago with over 1400 yards on 139 carries with 15 touchdowns.
Defensively the Golden Falcons were stodgy on defense allowing just 20 points per game in 2013 but with just five starters returning to the defense in 2014 the Falcons will have to look to some young and inexperienced players to play major roles right away. Junior OL/LB Titus Edwards returns as the team’s leading tackler from a year ago with 89 total tackles, he will be joined by Enis and Hangen who will play at defensive back and linebacker respectively. The duo combined for 78 tackles in 2013 and Enis led the secondary with six interceptions.
Things will heat up quickly in the TEC as the Falcons will face the odds on favorite to win the conference, Northeastern, in just the second week of the season. The Falcons lost by just two touchdowns a season ago to the eventual TEC champion Knights.