Wilcoxon gets Heroes#8217; welcome

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — Brent Wilxcoxon didn’t have to save anyone to become a hero. He just had to know the right offense.

Wilcoxon is the head football coach at Fairland High School. In his two seasons at Fairland, two different quarterbacks — Michael Hill and Rich Staggs — have passed for more than 2,000 yards.

The wide-open style offense made Wilcoxon a perfect fit for the new Huntington Heroes indoor football team and its pass-oriented style.

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Wilcoxon and Heroes head coach Gary McPeak both know Tony Franklin, former offensive coordinator of the Texas Tech Air Raid offense who was the head coach of the Lexington, Ky., indoor team.

“We try to run the Air Raid offense (at Fairland) so it was a natural fit. Gary knew I had some background with it.

The arena team is trying to run an eight-man version of the offense. We just need to tweek a few things because of the rules,” Wilcoxon said.

“I saw where (McPeak) was named head coach and he had been with the Lexington Horsemen. We had a common friend with Franklin and he gave me a good recommendation and it worked out.”

Wilcoxon will be the wide receivers coach and work with the offense.

“Gary is the boss. He’ll call the plays. He didn’t call the plays for the Horsemen, but he saw it. He’s been a part of the eight-man version so he understands the offense,” Wilcoxon said.

The American Indoor Football League (AIFL) does not require players to go both ways as in the Arena Football League.

“We’ve talked about one or two guys playing both ways, but we won’t start off that way,” Wilcoxon said.

Unlike the former Huntington indoor Locomotives team, Wilcoxon thinks the Heroes will succeed due to the escalated talent level.

“We have more talent than we thought. We have a guy (James Hawkins) from Bowling Green who played for Urban Meyer and he could move on to a higher level. We have some Marshall players and other former college players,” Wilcoxon said.

The only problem for Wilcoxon will be time as he tries to wear two hats.

“It’s going to be crazy. I’m running our (high school) weight program and doing this. I’ll try it for one spring and see how it goes,” Wilcoxon said.

The team will conduct a practice at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Field House that is open to the public.