WINDSOR (WBNG) - Windsor football finished the 2016 season 7-3, falling to Chenango Forks in the Section IV Class B championship game. Entering 2017, the Black Knights are determined to build upon that success.
"It's a big expectation after last year," said Windsor senior running back/linebacker Harrison Peterson. "So, we are coming in, working really hard to have a season like we did last year."
"Hard work pays off," said Windsor head coach Tim Hogan.
"Hard-nose football," said Peterson. "Get in there every single play. Fast, hard. Do your job."
"It's about teamwork," said Windsor senior running back/linebacker Dante Kimbrough. "Getting better each week, and putting all your effort in every week, and just getting better."
That's what Windsor football is all about.
Corey Hagerman, Trevor Kimble, Jordan Haven are among 18 seniors that graduated, leaving the door open for Dante Kimbrough to shine.
"Dante's a two-way player, that's the biggest thing," said Hogan. "Linebacker in our defense is a hard enough position. Now, he is going to try to play both sides of the ball."
Kimbrough started playing football mid-way through his sophomore year, so the senior should continue to grow in front of Windsor fans eyes.
"Last year at this time, I wasn't good at all," said Kimbrough. "I just started football. This year I think I am a lot more educated with football and all the plays and everything. I think I'm more confident."
Don't expect Kimbrough to be the only Black Knight toting the rock.
"I think we have a little more depth than we have had in the past," said Hogan. "We went and scrimmaged the other day and we've got five guys carrying the ball. We haven't had that in quite a while."
Whomever carries the ball will run behind a strong offensive line that returns four contributors from 2016.
"Last year we were strong (on the offensive line) and I think this year we have just as much talent and strength," said Kimbrough. "I think we are going to do just as good this year with our line."
Playing in Class B with traditional powers Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell, the Black Knights know every week will be a challenge.
"I look at the schedule and I'm trying to find where we can get a breather and I didn't find one breather," said Hogan. "Like we said, we are taking it one week at a time. Waverly is Friday. We better be ready."
Windsor hosts Waverly Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m.