Just last week, an announcement was made that Waco Terror would be an expansion team to the Minor Professional Football League in 2018. Like most developmental teams, the Terror’s situation is unique.
The Terror runs an athletic program that includes men’s and women’s basketball travel teams as well as an 8-man football team. After a successful year in 8-man, the Terror is looking to take things to a new level.
“Before I made a decision, a took a survey and the guys wanted to do football,” Terror owner William Hill told Developmental Football USA. “There’s the Elite 8-Man League, we did that and made it all the way to the championship game and lost, then (MPFL commissioner J.C. Kimey) hit me up and was talking to me about the MPFL.
“We got into a conversation about how I felt the MPFL was the most competitive. It brings a lot of character to developmental football and I compared it to the NAFL, which doesn’t exist anymore.”
To climb the ladder in a competitive league like the MPFL – which is now home to at least six teams that have won previous league championships – Hill knows it’ll be a process for the Terror, but it’s a ladder they are determined to climb.
“I want to see the Terror exceed expectations,” Hill said. “I want to see the Terror grow and I want to eventually build it into a team like the Vipers – much respect to that organization, I know a lot of guys over there that are Class A guys, like the Bullets, Justin Willis is a class A guy, I want to build the Terror into organization like that.
“Even the West Texas powerhouses, we want to be a powerhouse too. We’re like that on the basketball court and we’re definitely going to be like that on the football field. Just build championships, that’s what it’s all about, but for us to get there it takes baby steps – one game at a time – because no game in the MPFL is easy.”
The Terror has a tryout coming up July 29 at Lake Air Field at 2:00, but the team already has a roster of 28 core players. “We’re looking to add more, of course, in certain areas, to compete in the MPFL, but we definitely already have a good group of guys,” Hill said.
A key piece to the Terror’s success in 8-man was athlete Lester Walker, who played both running back and linebacker for Waco.
“He was pretty much the leader of the team last year,” Hill said. “He put them on his back and kept us in a lot of games. He was selected to go to the national game with the Texas Takeover, which was the team we lost to in the championship.”
Another key acquisition for the Terror is Mangle Womack, who can play quarterback, running back, tight end or linebacker, Hill said.
“He played in the MPFL last year,” Hill said. “I think he played with the Bell County Raiders. He’s definitely a difference maker and a game changer.”
Offensively, Hill – who also serves as the team’s head coach – already knows what type of scheme that will best fit his team.
“We want to spread the field, both horizontally and vertically,” Hill said. “We want to put up as many points as we can, but also control the game offensively. So many times, we get into this big competition of points, but you’ve got to control that clock too. Putting up points, game management and being consistent on the offensive end and eliminate turnovers.”
On defense, another player who played in the MPFL in 2017 has come over to the Terror.
“We have one more guy coming back to me, that was over with me with the Dallas Bulldogs, Raymon Davis,” Hill said. “He played for the Dallas Vikings last year, he’s one of the great cornerbacks, one of the premier cornerbacks in the league. I know that’s bold to say, but I’ve known him to go up against any wide receiver and hold his own. He’s a Waco native that’s coming back home to build something great.”
Another player joining Davis in the secondary is cornerback Steven Foster, who returns as a key player for the Terror.
Opponents will have to wait until the spring to see what Waco lines up in defensively.
“I’m not going to say what we’re going to run, but we’ll be very aggressive,” Hill said. “I preach to my guys, we’re not going to give the offense anything. We attack every play for four quarters: defense, defense, defense. Defense wins championships.”
On the hardwood, the Terror travels to Dallas, Houston and East Texas as a member of the Texas Basketball Association. Basketball fans can expect to see some of those athletes lighting it up on Saturday nights on the gridiron in the spring.
“I have about 10 players that will be playing both, that verbally committed to playing football,” Hill said. “We started as more of like, just like a developmental thing. You have basketball, turn that into two teams and a women’s team, now into a farm system with athletes rotating from sport to sport.
“I have about 10 guys that will play for me in the MPFL this season. Alonzo Brown, he’s one, great guy. Besides the 8-man season, he is a rookies to the game.”
The Terror may be new to the 11-man game and to the MPFL, but this isn’t a team that’s starting from scratch.
“We’re not new to football,” Hill said. “We’re not new to this. This is what we do.”