When a school has made playoffs 37 times, it's safe to say tradition runs deep, and that certainly is the case for the 5-1A Division 2 Wink Wildcats.
Fresh off an area finals appearance, the Wildcats know exactly what it takes to get into the postseason.
"Well last year was pretty big for us, getting into playoffs, going to the second round. I just think everyone is excited to get back."
Under helm of both offense and defense is senior Riley Richardson, who last year led the team in tackles, accumulated over 2,500 yards, and ran away with district MVP. Richardson may be choice of words, but lets his action do plenty of talking.
"Stayed in shape over the summer, kept everybody out of trouble, and that's about it."
"Riley's a very quiet kid and he does everything by his actions. He works hard every day, he shows up. He knows the offense and the defense so we're excited to have him."
Even more exciting is not only having Richardson, but a one-two running back punch both named Jordan -- keeping pressure off the offense and defenses guessing.
"If one of us has one bad game, the other one is gonna step up and take charge. It's hard to stop it."
With the hopes and dreams of the town on their shoulders, this year's group aims to return back to glory days.
"We know the tradition. Our boys know the tradition. Their fathers played here, and that's one of those things we're trying to get better each day and to bring that back to Wink. Our community is buying into us and we've had some success last year. We're trying to continue that."
Reporting from Wink, Matthew Villanueva, Big 2 Sports