Wayland Baptist Football is set to host their spring game Saturday at 2 p.m.
This year’s game will be played in “The Bowl”, better known as Hillard Field. The Pioneers traditionally played in “The Bowl” during the program’s early years before the program was shut down in 1938. The football program was reinstated after 72 years and plays their home games at Plainview High School’s Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium.
“It’s an honor to be able to play out at The Bowl in front of the community,” Wayland head football coach Marcos Hinojos Sr. said.
The spring game is free for the public to attend. The team will be split into the blue team and white team and compete in a controlled scrimmage.
This year’s game will be the first look at new head coach Marcos Hinojos Sr. who was elevated from interim head coach to full-time head coach in February of this year. With him is a revamped coaching staff with some new and familiar faces expected on the sidelines.
Thomas Walser was hired on as a Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach. He spent the past two seasons as head coach at Holdenville High School in Oklahoma. Anton Paige was elevated from Receivers and Special Teams Coach to Offensive Coordinator. Lathaniel Jackson was brought on as an Offensive Line coach. Marcos Hinojos Jr. was elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. Denzel Bradford was retained and will be the Defensive Line Coach as well as Video Coordinator.
The Pioneers are looking to improve upon last season after finishing 2-8 overall and 2-7 in conference play. Hinojos Sr. said that Saturday’s spring game will provide the first step to changing the culture and perception of Wayland Football.
“These boys have worked hard over the spring and are looking to prove themselves,” Hinojos said. “They understand what we are trying to do here. We want the Plainview community to come out and see their hard-work and the culture that is changing.”