Wynne's Ross Trail helped lead the Yellowjackets to the 5A State Championship in 2014. But the All-State Quarterback has graduated and moved on to the University of Cincinnati.
With Trail leaving Wynne has changed its offense to the flexbone and will focus more on the run. "Well it's growing pains. You know we've been throwing the ball the last four years. We installed it this spring and at times we looked pretty good and at times we looked like we installed it on the way out but you know we're continuing to work hard continuing to film practice, fix our mistakes and hopefully be ready to play," said Chris Hill, Wynne's football coach. "I think the flexbone was a great choice for us. We have a lot of speed. We have a lot of physical players," said Kody Baker, Wynne's senior wide receiver.
Wynne lost twenty seniors from last season but still returns a pair of key offensive players. Junior Jamar Dixon is back in the backfield after rushing for 1,281 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014. Senior Devontai Pounds had 1,224 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He figures to see some time in the backfield with some of the new packages in the flex bone offense.
Despite being a 5A State runner up Wynne actually didn't win the 5A East Conference in 2014. That title went to Wynne's biggest rival Batesville. The Yellowjackets are looking to beat the Pioneers in 2015 and win the conference. Coach Hill says his might have to beat Batesville head-to-head to win the conference.
But Wynne's ultimate goal is to not only make the state championship, but win it all. "Last year we come up one game short. But you know that's the goal every year to get back to Little Rock and hopefully win that last ball game. You know there's only one team that wins the last ball game of the season and only one team ends on a good note and we certainly would like that for it to be us. That's our goal," Coach Hill said.
Wynne starts its title quest on the road against Marion on September 4th.
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