2019 WINCHESTER GOLDEN FALCONS FOOTBALL CAPSULE

 

HEAD COACH: Mike Jones (8th season)

RECORD AT WINCHESTER: 45 – 33

CAREER RECORD: 45 – 33

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Jones

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Andrew Soultz

 

2018 RESULTS

South Adams 0 – 18

Knightstown 14 – 20

Northeastern 20 – 24

Centerville 6 – 23

Union County 8 – 12

Tri 50 – 14

Hagerstown 30 – 35

Lincoln 42 – 40 (2OT)

Union City 16 – 6

Northeastern 8 – 14 (SECTIONAL)

 

10 – YEAR WINNING TREND

2009       9-3

2010       4-6

2011       1-9

2012       6-5

2013       7-4

2014       10-2

2015       10-3

2016       7-4

2017       1-9

2018       3-7

 

2019 SCHEDULE

August 23 South Adams

August 30 Knightstown

September 6 at Northeastern

September 13 Centerville

September 20 at Union County

September 27 at Tri

October 4 Hagerstown

October 11 Lincoln

October 18 at Union City

 

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Gavin Thompson

Kaden White

Justin Willis

Austin England

Marshall Melton

Tanner Steveson

Glenallen Anderson

Dylan Peed

Austin Klein

Brayton McKnight

Corbin Harris

 

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Brayden Tippett

Cole Campbell

Kollin Orr

Brooks Burelison

Trenton Edwards

Ross Barker

Joe Anderson

Jace Alberson

Elijah Love

Brenden Thompson

Conagher Hopkins

Dylan Sanders

Carson Batt

Braedon Baker

James Horn

Parker Sheets

 

2018 TEAM STATS

PASSING: 32 – 83 – 589yds – 10TD – 5INT

RUSHING: 417 – 1,867– 186.7ypg-17TD

ALL – PURPOSE YARDS: 297.3ypg

TOTAL OFFENSE: 245.6

TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS: 27

TACKLES: 466

TACKLES FOR LOSS: 43

SACKS: 17

INTERCEPTIONS: 5

KICK RETURNS: 16.0

PUNT RETURNS: 12.2

PUNTING: 28.4

PUNTS INSIDE 20: 3

 

2018 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

PASSING: Brayden Tippett, 26 – 70 – 446yds – 49.6ypg – 9TD – 3INT

RUSHING: Marshall Melton, 138 – 771 – 6TD

RECEIVING: Austin England, 9 – 106 – 2TD…Gavin Thompson, 7 – 235 – 3TD

ALL – PURPOSE YARDS: Marshall Melton, 771/77.1….Cole Campbell, 685/85.6

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: Cole Campbell, 101.5

TOTAL YARDS: Cole Campbell 812

TOUCHDOWNS: Marshall Melton, 6

TACKLES: Austin England, 62/13.0

SOLO TACKLES: Austin England, 43

ASSIST: Tanner Steveson, 27

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Austin England, 13.0

SACKS: Justin Willis, 5.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Kaden White, 2

 

2019 ANALYSIS: The 2018 season could not have started any worse for Winchester losing their first five games out of the gate. It wasn’t so much that the defense wasn’t doing its job, but the offense really struggled putting points on the board. The Golden Falcons averaged less than 10 points per game in that five-game losing streak. Once things got rolling, Winchester then averaged 28.8 points per game the rest of the way.

Coach Jones returns only five players with significant playing time on offense including QB Brayden Tippett and RB Cole Campbell. Expect Campbell’s role to be expanded this season after rushing for 632 yards in 2018. If Winchester wants a more balanced offense, Tippett will need to increase his accuracy after completing only 37% of his passes. Kolin Orr will also see more carries this season. The receiving corps is young and inexperienced with Brooks Burelison leading the returning players.

Tippett will count on All-TEC OL Brendan Thompson up front. Thompson is the one “sure thing” on the offensive line as the other four spots are up for grabs with Conagher Hopkins, Jace Alberson, Elijah Love, Dylan Sanders, Carsen Batt and Braedon Baker battling it out for the other O-line spots.

Coach Jones will have to replace five starters on defense as well and must find a way to slow down the run game. Winchester surrendered 221 rushing yards per game in 2018. Senior Joe Anderson will be teamed with Junior James Horn along with Brenden Thompson and Conagher Hopkins upfront. Jace Alberson, Joey Messina and Parker Sheets are expected to be the three starting linebackers. Winchester’s secondary gave up an average of 145 yards per game last season. That’s another area Coach Jones will to shore up early in camp. The Golden Falcons won two of their final three games of the 2018 season, narrowly losing two Northeastern in the sectional 14 – 8. They are hoping to continue their late-season momentum heading into 2019. Their first two games will be very tough as they play South Adams and Knightstown in back to back games before heading on the road to Northeastern September 6. If Winchester can get off to a better start, knowing the TEC is wide open, they could be in the hunt by October 18.