The Midland Christian Football Team started last year off hot with a seven-game win streak to start the season.
After going 2-2 in district play, the Mustangs ended up losing in the first round of playoffs in 2018. Now the team boasts a group of seniors itching to make a deeper run this season.
Though the team does have a solid amount of returners this year, the leadership from last year’s group of seniors is still missed.
“They definitely left us some big shoes to fill. They left us a good culture to stay with and it’s our turn now,” said senior Kage Gilbreath.
Senior running back Matthew Madison agreed, saying leadership among seniors is something instilled into MCS’ culture.
“This group is carrying over right where last year left off. That’s a sign of last year’s great leadership,” said head coach Greg McClendon.
While the seniors get comfortable with the new responsibility of leading the underclassmen this year, the team’s main focus will be filling spots left vacant by last year’s team…especially on the offensive side of the ball.
McClendon said one of the major question marks going into this year was who would step up to take some spots on the offensive line. He also said there’s a competition for starting quarterback among three players.
“Our coaches do a great job and they’ll get them pulled together and everything but there are still question marks on who it’s going to be and that everybody steps up together there,” he said.
The team hopes to use a couple of scrimmages before the season starts to help make some of those decisions.
However, both coach and several of the players agree that defensively, the team seems to be “stacked.” (a description used by several of the players)
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