The Mangham Dragon football program has experienced a resurgence of energy during summer workouts under first year coach Scott Wilcher.
The Dragon team boasted a 90 percent attendance rate in their workouts with 61 players participating, Wilcher said.
“The guys are really buying into the vision,” Wilcher said.
Even though this is his first head coaching job, Wilcher is no stranger to the Mangham program. He has been the defensive coordinator for the program since 2003 and is the son-in-law to former Winnsboro football coach Don Easterling.
Wilcher is married to Kim and together they have one daughter Kara and a son Ty. Kara was an All-State player and member of the state champion Mangham softball team.
During the many hours of summer workouts, the players have grown as a team both mentally and physically.
“We have worked on mental toughness and our physicality in the weight room this summer,” Wilcher said. “Throughout the summer our numbers have not dwindled. The kids are really buying into it.”
While in the weight room, Wilcher is preparing his team for an up tempo playing style this season.
“We’re going to run a spread offense,” Wilcher said. “We’re going to play faster, and there will be a lot of no huddles.”
The last three seasons Mangham’s record was 15-17 with a low point being last year’s 3-7 record and not making the playoffs. Wilcher has high expectations for his young team this year.
“Our kids are going to play hard and get the community back into Mangham football,” Wilcher said. “Our expectations are high. We’re going to try to get back into the playoffs and have a winning season.”
Wilcher credits his coaching staff for also buying into the vision and preparing the team for a successful season.
Johnathan Hoggatt is Wilcher’s offensive coordinator. Hoggatt is a graduate of Mangham and was the offensive coordinator at Rayville last season.
Corey Reese is the strength and defensive lineman coach. Ridge Hisler is the wide receiver’s coach and was a member of the 2013 Mangham baseball championship team and Mangham quarterback to the 2013 and 2014 team who made a deep run in the playoffs. Eddie Dunn is the secondary coach, and Billy Massey is the offensive line coach. Tommy Young is a defensive coach. Keith Young and Danny Walter helps with offense.
Mangham will continue to work hard in the gym during the evening hours until the first of August when the team will start two-a-day workouts.
“With these kid’s work ethic, I believe this is the right time to be here,” Wilcher said. “It has been a blessing to be here so far.”