Going back to the first grade, Dylan Winchell has had a love and passion for the game of football. Falling in love with the game at a very young age, Winchell has had exceptional success and looks to ends his high school career with a sectional title.
Winchell has played for Warrenburg/North Warren for basically his whole school career. He has been a multi position football talent, playing running back, wide receiver, and defensive back. Playing for a Class D school means that for a lot of players, they are going to have to play on both sides of the ball, as is the case for Warrensburg/North Warren. Winchell takes that challenge head on and has thrived in all of his roles.
For his high school career, Winchell has compiled stats of 2,375 all-purpose yards, 32 TD’s, and has averaged 107 yards per game. In his sophomore season, Winchell was named to the All State Team. Being a very good player for a competitive Warrensburg/North Warren team.
Last season due to the uncertainty of fall high school sports in New York State, Winchell went down to Tennessee for the season and stayed with his Uncle to play football out there. Now, this did not go according to plan. “Mid September of last year, New York didn’t really decide if they were doing sports yet and I got sick of waiting and my Uncle took me in down there, very thankful for that and I went down there and played football…unfortunately in the 1st game I got hurt on the second play and I tore my MCL and was out for the year.”
This was devastating for Winchell as his Junior season ended just two plays in. Now an MCL tear can be a devastating injury for a lot of players, but this wasn’t the case for Winchell. “It actually healed really quick, wrestling was 2 months later and I was good for that, and then I was in the weight room all year down there to work up to this year, I’ve always been working toward this year.”
This year being his senior season, Winchell is looking to help lead his team back to the Dome but knows there are some major obstacles standing in the way. “This team has the potential to make it past a sectional championship, but Greenville has a talented team and they will be our toughest test.” This past week Warrensburg/North Warren was defeated by Greenville by a score of 36-20, not the outcome anyone on Warrensburg/North Warren wanted but this will probably not be the last time that they see each other.
Winchell always looks forward to matching up against Lake George’s Brody McCabe. “I’ve been competing against him since the second grade, whether it be football or wrestling, it’s always a good matchup.”
What also makes this matchup more interesting is that McCabe attends Lake George, who are rivals with Warrensburg/North Warren. “That definitely adds a little fuel to the fire, it’s always an intense game and we really want to beat those guys”, says Winchell.
Watch out for Winchell and Warrenburg/North Warren as they look for a bounce-back game this Friday at Stillwater.