Measuring purely by its win-loss record, Winnetonka enjoyed its most successful season in 16 years last fall when it finished 8-3. It was also just one victory shy of the program’s all-time best mark, set in 1972.
So the Griffins’ goal of improving last season’s win total comes as no coincidence. They’re aiming for history.
“With the success we had last year and the kids we have coming back, hopefully we can pick up right where we left off,” Winnetonka coach Sterling Edwards said. “Our senior class is the class that has been one of our biggest ones. A lot of these guys have played since they were sophomores.”
None of them come with more hype than Marquise Doherty.
Doherty, a tailback and safety, has received 17 college scholarship offers. He plans to take official visits during the season before making a selection regarding his future.
He is one of 27 seniors for Winnetonka.
“It’s all going to start with Marquise Doherty. We’ll go as far as he takes us,” Edwards said. “But we have Chase Williams running right him, and that gives us as good of a 1-2 punch as anyone of our schedule.”
The Griffins have the rushers. But the offensive line remains a question mark given its lack of experience. Edwards said the the group up front has shown promise in preseason camp.
As for the defense, the Griffins return all four starters in the secondary, with Williams and Doherty serving as the safeties and sophomore Djimon Colbert and junior Tyrique Bennett occupying the two cornerback positions.
That strength will allow the Griffins to use more manpower to put pressure in the backfield.