Representing Husky Pride, Hirschi prepares for the 2022 season

The 2021-22 school year has been a momentous one for Wichita Falls Hirschi.

Not only did their football team reach the state semifinals for the first time since 1964, but their boys’ basketball team also made history, reaching the state tournament for the first time. times since 1988.

This sporting success brought unprecedented support around the Hirschi program.

“It’s just the best time right now to be a Hirschi Husky,” Hirschi head trainer Lawrence Johnson said. “I mean, we have people calling just to congratulate us. These are people related to the 940 [Wichita Falls Area code] and don’t even live here, but they still show their support [with] unconditional level of prayers. We’ve just had a high level of support right now in this community, and it’s been a blessing.

The Hirschi community holds a special place in Johnson’s heart. He was the school’s defensive coordinator in 2019 under good friend and former college roommate Antonio Wiley.

Johnson left in 2020 to accept his first head coaching job at Slaton, but returned this spring to take up the head coaching job at Hirschi after Wiley left to take up the head coaching role at Coppell.

“It’s just Husky pride taking over for my boy [Wiley]”, Johnson said. “They laid the foundation for the win, so I’m just in a lucky position to be able to take on that Husky pride responsibility.”

Heading back to Hirschi, Johnson has plenty of weapons to work on a potentially explosive Husky offense.

First and foremost, USC hires the senior running back A’Marion Peterson is set for another great season after rushing for 1,817 yards and 28 touchdowns a year ago.

“He’s a good runner. Every time he has the ball in his hand, he has the potential to go the distance,” Johnson said. “He has also become a more versatile full-back. He’s not just between back-type tackles. He can go out on the perimeter and he can also stretch you side to side as a receiver.

A big question mark for Hirschi is who will start alongside Peterson in the backfield at quarterback. The good news for Johnson is that he is not short of options with the return of Terrius Causey and second Jimmell McFalls to the position.

Those two alternated throughout the season last year as Causey finished with 1,447 passing yards and 17 touchdowns while McFalls himself threw for 1,535 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Johnson said he expects another fierce quarterback battle this year.

“These guys have been working all summer, so there’s going to be some great competition for that quarterback spot,” Johnson said. “Both have a unique skill set and they balance each other out, so they’re a complete set. But someone has to come up to be the starter, so it’ll be a week-to-week affair with these guys, and [our coaches] will put the guy who is going to give us the best chance of winning.

A positive for someone starting at quarterback is the presence of a dynamic wide receiver Jamarion Carroll. Carroll had 1,132 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago and currently has six Division I offers.

Defensively, six of Hirschi’s seven leading tacklers last season either graduated or changed schools. However, Javian Frazier (87 tackles, 24 TFL), an all-state defensive lineman in 2021, returns to anchor that side of the ball for Hirschi. Johnson said he expects him to play in a hybrid role this year that will see him field some at linebacker.

Johnson also said he was delighted with the return of Willie Thomas, who was injured last year but will play a key role at Rover for Hirschi, while second KD Worthy is one to watch at inside linebacker. .

In high school, senior Micah Walker (65 tackles) will bring some experience to a younger defense after starting a year ago.

“They definitely have big shoes on it,” Johnson said. “But they’re up for the challenge because they’ve seen what it’s like to play at a high level.”

And while Hirschi has won at least a share of the district title the past two seasons, district play is going to be a little different for the Huskies this year as they drop to 4A Division II. That dropdown means the Huskies will travel much farther west this year with Snyder, Sweetwater and Midland Greenwood all in District 3-4A, Division II, with Graham.

Those five teams made the playoffs a year ago, while Sweetwater and Graham were district champions.

“Change is difficult for everyone because we don’t all know each other,” Johnson said. “Coaches are going to have to work and do a really good job of assessing our opponents. We respect our opponents and we’re going to do a good job of scouting to put our kids in a position to win.

And while Hirschi’s ultimate goal of DPS [district title, playoffs, and state] seems like a realistic undertaking after his state semifinal a year ago, Johnson is focused on taking it one day at a time with his Huskies.

“The focus should be on where you are right now,” Johnson said. “These kids know how to win; they expect to win. We are all excited for what is to come. We’re starting to get hungry, but we just want to make sure our kids stay focused on what’s in store for them right now and don’t go overboard.

Calendar Hirschi Football 2022

(Bold denotes District 3-4A Division II game)

8/25: against Clint (at Midland Greenwood)

9/1 against Brock

9/9 in Springtown

9/16 v Carrollton Ranchview

9/30 against Decatur

10/7 to Graham

10/21 vs. Snyder

10/28 at Sweetwater

11/4 v Midland Greenwood

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