WINK, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) — The pressure is on for the Wildcats this season as they seek revenge knowing they have a huge target on their backs and looking to use that pressure to their advantage. .
Last season’s highs suddenly came to a halt. A five-game winning streak crumbled when the Wildcats lost 56-12 to the Stratford Elks in the second round of the playoffs.
Jesse Putnam, Wink’s senior left tackle and defensive end, said the end of their story added fuel to the fire.
“I think with last year we kind of ended on a low note. I think everybody’s really excited for once,” Putnam added.
Now revenge is on the horizon and senior wide receiver Jordan Tally said that with that in mind, a focus on improving and strengthening was at the forefront of their minds.
“We all put in more work to get to where we are now and now we just want to show up and prove ourselves,” Tally pointed out.
While their eyes are on the prize and the obvious end goal is to make the playoffs and win a championship, Wink has all eyes on them.
Going into the season ranked sixth in Class 2A and expected to win their division isn’t something that surprises head coach Brian Gibson and knows there’s more clout this season.
“Yeah, that sticks with us, doesn’t it?” It does. I think they have a lot to prove, they know they have a lot to prove,” Gibson said. “They think they left a lot of plays on the field last year in this game which may or may not have made a difference, but it might have made the game a bit more exciting at the end, so it is kind of what’s driven them in the offseason, so far.
Gibson’s son and senior quarterback Kanon Gibson is one of many Division 2A players with an even bigger target on his back. Gibson was selected as the division’s preseason offensive MVP after an impressive junior season in the air and on the ground. Complete 37 touchdown passes and accumulate 21 rushing touchdowns.
He said that while the weight is on his shoulders a bit, he’s not worried and has the greatest destiny in the offensive line the Wildcats have built in front of him.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that our O-line is going to be the pride and joy of Wink High School this year. They’re going to be good, and it’s going to be fun to watch and it’s always going to be fun to be a quarterback with one of the best lines in all of 2As here too,” Kanon pointed out.
The O line is unafraid of what this season will bring and is ready to compete, especially with plenty of help behind them.
“We have our locker room completely full. It’s just one step at a time. That’s all you need to think about. If you’re not the first, you’re the last. Come on cats!” shouted Putnam.
The Wildcats said they were looking to “beat their best” this season at all costs, which Kanon said was ingrained in their mentality from the start.
“Our quote that we go through every day is ‘beat your best.’ It says, be your best while you’re also beating your best,” Kanon said. that every day there has to be something where we go out and compete and we know that if we go against each other, the end product that we will come out with each other will be much better than what it was.”