Winchester Community High School Football Dustyn Hangen
Winchester was another Tri-Eastern Conference team that made history in 2013, and the Falcons have done nothing but surge in their two years under the direction of head coach Mike Jones.
As he enters his third year with the program, Jones has a combined record of 13-9 in two years after the team had gone 5-15 in the previous two.
“We are at a point in this program where we expect to win every single time we step on the field, and that’s just a tremendous accomplishment from where they were in 2011,” Jones said.
In his first year, Jones helped the Falcons improve from 1-9 to 6-5.
One year later, Winchester went 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the TEC, earning a share of the conference title with Northeastern.
The Falcons also defeated Heritage Christian in the sectional opener last year, which Jones said was the first time Winchester had defeated a non-public school.
Though Winchester will have to find replacements for the senior leadership of 16 graduates, a big part of the success returns. Junior Kiante Enis is an explosive running back who rushed for 1,409 yards on 139 carries, including 15 touchdowns.
Quarterback Dustyn Hangen returns after suffering an injury toward the end of last year.
“The older guys are pretty good players. Dustyn Hangen is healthy and back at quarterback for us,” Jones said. ” … Kiante Enis is special and everybody else knows, but the difference is he is 30 pounds heavier and fast and he is a team guy. He’s done a really good job for us.”
Hangen had 19 completions for 295 yards and six touchdowns before missing the end of his season with injury, while Enis also had three catches for 67 yards, tops among returnees.
Junior Elijah Chalfant returns and looks to be a big presence in the Winchester line with his 6-6, 320-pound build.
“Elijah’s done a really good job in the offseason and has made the camp tours this summer and really worked on his game,” Jones said.
Other seniors are Kiernan Campbell, Kolt Halcomb, Tristen Henchon, Trae Kelley, Austin Myers and Jacob Reynolds.
Enis, Chalfant, Titus Edwards, Jourdan Foudray, Kainin Frost, Collin Haney-Hall, Riley Hendrickson, Sabastion Thompson, Joseph Webb and Dillon Williams are juniors.
The remaining 30 on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores.
“We don’t have a lot back, but the ones that we return are really good football players. And you add it to a cast of kids that have worked really hard, I like the group,” Jones said. “They’ve worked hard at practice. Our challenge — and it’s not an our challenge, it’s a coach Jones challenge — we’re going to have to find what they’re good at and really try to exploit that.”
Enis also had six interceptions, while Edwards had 89 total tackles and Chalfant had 78 total tackles.
The Falcons open up Friday night with a visit from South Adams, before a big TEC game in Week 2 against reigning co-champion Northeastern.
The Knights won last year’s meeting 28-14, then Winchester went on to win six straight TEC games.
The Falcons travel to Hagerstown in Week 3, Lincoln in Week 5, Union City in Week 6 and Tri on Oct. 10. They also host Union County on Sept. 12, Noblesville HomeSchool on Oct. 3 and Centerville on Oct. 17.
“We talk a lot about carrying out the tradition,” said Jones, who played for the Falcons in the 1980s. “We talk about what happened in the ’80s and the ’90s.”
WinchesterFalcons at a Glance
• Head coach: Mike Jones, 13-9 in 3rd year at school
• Assistants: Scott Hargrave, Andrew Soultz, Chris Franklin, Brian Clawson, Drew Croyle, Mike Hummel
• Key losses: Jacob Sofronko, Gatlin Kramer, Alex Myers
• Key returnees: Kiante Enis, Dustyn Hangen, Elijah Chalfant
• Aug. 22: South Adams
• Aug. 29: Northeastern*
• Sept. 5: at Hagerstown*
• Sept. 12: Union County*
• Sept. 19: at Lincoln*
• Sept. 26: at Union City*
• Oct. 3: Noblesville HomeSchool
• Oct. 10: at Tri*
• Oct. 17: Centerville*
* — TEC Game
Kiernan Campbell 6-1, 235, OL/DL
Kolt Halcomb 5-11, 165, WR/DB
Dustyn Hangen 6-1, 215, QB/LB
Tristen Henchon 5-7, 140, WR/DB
Trae Kelley 5-10, 192, WR/DB
Austin Myers 5-9, 185, OL/DL
Jacob Reynolds 5-10, 154, RB/DB
Elijah Chalfant 6-6, 320, OL/DL
Titus Edwards 6-2, 180, OL/LB
Kiante Enis 6-2, 200, RB/DB
Jourdan Foudray 6-1, 165, TE/DE
Kainin Frost 6-2, 270, OL/DL
Collin Haney-Hall 5-8, 140, WR/DB
Riley Hendrickson 6-0, 185, OL/DE
Sabastion Thompson 5-7, 147, WR/DB
Joseph Webb 6-1, 160, QB/DB
Dillon Williams 6-1, 182, OL/LB
Gavin Bowling 5-9, 167, OL/DL
Grant Bowling 5-8, 155, OL/DL
Zach Cline 5-11, 230, OL/DL
Dylan Croyle 5-8, 150, WR/DB
Tyler Edwards 6-0, 165, OL/LB
Austin Fritts 6-0, 250, OL/DL
Elias Gates 6-1, 160, WR/DB
Jared Hangen 5-9, 135, WR/DB
Adam Hollinger 5-11, 145, WR/DB/K
Austin Lawrence 5-11, 160, QB/DB
Sam Miller 5-11, 205, OL/DL
Drake Moody 5-8, 150, RB/LB
Adam Myers 6-1, 180, RB/LB
Vincent Prescott 5-8, 145, WR/DB
Austin Sofronko 5-10, 171, OL/DL
Jonathan Thornburg 6-1, 185, OL/LB
Hunter Younce 5-9, 195, OL/DL
Zackary Allinder 5-7, 140, WR/DB
Justin Brandenburg 5-8, 250, OL/DL
Brodie Campbell 5-9, 185, OL/DL
Austin Cook 5-8, 160, RB/DB
Joel Edwards 5-10, 165, RB/LB
Noah Hopkins 5-8, 140, WR/DB
Isaiah Kuhns 5-7, 165, OL/DL
Jevin Malkey 5-9, 188, OL/LB
Colton Merchant 5-9, 195, OL/DL
Kyle Nelson 5-11, 165, TE/LB
Tyler Patient 5-7, 155, RB/LB
Kody Pollic 5-7, 130, WR/DB
Ethan Taylor 5-8, 139, WR/DB
7-4, 6-1 TEC, T-1st place
at South Adams 24-18, 2OT L
at Northeastern 28-14, L
Hagerstown 57-7, W
at Union County 33-10, W
Lincoln 46-14, W
Union City 34-7, W
at Jay County 36-29, L
Tri 47-12, W
at Centerville 47-19, W
Heritage Christian 61-20, W (sect.)
at Indianapolis Scecina 48-8, L (sect.)