Colors: Blue and White
Head Coach: Adam James (11th season) (26-62 record)
2018 record: 3-5
Returning Starters: 5
The Winnebago Football Team must replace some key players from last year’s 3-5 team. 11th year Head coach Adam James.
“Yeah we have to replace our Quarterback and our wide receiver this year. We do have a senior stepping into that Quarterback role in Jeriah Greyowl (6’0, 140 SR QB/DB). He’s been playing wide receiver for us the last 3 years as we’re replacing T.J. Frenchman, who was our good quarterback that we have had starting for the last three years. Our running back Tyrese Gorrin we’re replacing him with a sophomore, Javon Price (6’1, 160 SO RB/DE). Big kid that’s stepping in the role and taking it to himself this summer to learn the plays and be ready for that position.”
James says the Indians have a pretty heavy senior class this year which they haven’t had in the past as 7 seniors are out for the team this year with 6 starting.
He looks for senior leadership to lead the team this season.
Winnebago graduated a big lineman last year in Prosper Gilpin. James says the Indians still have a few kids on the line with size.
“Yeah we do, we have a young kid, Lucian DeCora. He’ll be stepping into the center position, kicking Ricky Suarez (5’9, 245 JR) out to that guard position, which Prosper was there last year. Ricky this summer worked his butt off to drop about 30 pounds and put about 20 pounds of muscle on. So kid has really transformed into a good looking football player. We also have a senior stepping in too, he’s been playing tight end/running back for us in the past, but he’s going to play the other guard position, and it’s Marcus Harlan.”
The Indians return 5 starters on both sides of the ball, and have 29 kids out for the team this year, according to Coach James.
Returning starters not already mentioned include Robbie Lovejoy (5’10, 215 SR OL/LB), JT Bass (6’2, 190 SO TE/DE), Lourde Kearnes (5’11, 145 SR WR/DB), and Ed Payer (6’1, 160 SR WR/DB).
Winnebago said goodbye to Frenchman, Gilpin, Gorrin, Raul Loera, Jamisen Wolfleader, Tobias Thomas, Joseph Huerta, Sam Farmer, Javier Nunez, Ricky Wolfe, B.J. Proctor, and Eric Caramony last year.
I think the Indians can be good again this year. Some really good players to replace for sure, but a lot of promising players coming up it sounds like.
Winnebago hosts Pender in Friday’s Season Opener. James says his team needs a repeat of last year to come out on top again.
“Yeah we need to get those turnovers like we did last year. I think we forced 6 turnovers last year, which really helped put our offense into gear. Our defense stepped up pretty big.”
The Indians defeated the Pendragons 50-14 in Pender last year, and knocked off the Pendragons 60-42 at home the year before for their first win of the season.
2019 Winnebago Indians Football Roster:
|SCHOOL NAME: Winnebago|
|Head Coach: Adam James|
|Assistant Coaches: Dusty Welsh, Adam Tranmer, VJ Wolfleader|
|Junior High Coaches: Barry Bonneau, Treivan Bear, William Faeth|
|Managers: Antrell Harlan, Oscar Earth, Jared Doxey,|
2019 Winnebago Indians Football Schedule:
09/06/19 Lutheran High Northeast
09/13/19 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
09/27/19 @ Homer
10/11/19 @ Omaha Nation
10/25/19 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic