ACKERLY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Sands will be a team on a mission in 2020, hoping to become one of the Basin’s most improved teams this fall.
The Mustangs are hoping the combination of experience and realignment can rejuvenate the program. Over the 2018/19 seasons, Sands won just a single game.
In 2020, the Stangs will return to Class 1A, Division II where the team has experienced much more success in past campaigns. Most recently, Sands posted a 10-win season in 2017. That year, the Mustangs also won a district title and advanced to the Region II Final (State Quarterfinal) in the playoffs.
“I think our offense – we’re doing spread this year instead of tight – so I think our offense is going to be a lot better,” said senior quarterback/safety Riley Webb, was a second-team All-District selection for offense/defense in 2019. “We have much faster guys and more athletes.”
“Same way with defense, I think we can put six kids out on the field on the defensive side of the ball that can run a little bit,” said Sands head coach Steve Keith. “In six-man – well, in any football game – speed kills.”
The Mustangs senior class hopes to play a major role in changing those fortunes; given the events over the past five months, it will do so with an added sense of urgency.
“This past spring, we got track taken away from us which was going really well,” said senior running back/defensive back Anthony Aguilar. “I feel like we know not to take stuff for granted, so I feel like we’re going to give it all we’ve got. Show people that we actually can do something.”
The goals for the team are straightforward.
“Hopefully win the district championship and see how far we can go in the playoffs – that’s kind of what they’ve been talking about,” said Keith. “Talk’s easy. It’s about putting that into a plan and working towards that every day.”