Football wraps with spring scrimmage
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang’s football team concluded its spring drills last Friday morning with the spring game at Bronco Stadium.
The 2014 Broncos opened practice with position drills and then finished with a one-hour scrimmage before the team broke spring ball and headed into team camp this week.
“Overall, pleased with the two weeks of practice,” Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “I thought we accomplished a lot of really good things. Still have a long way to go, but like the direction we are headed.”
The defense dominated the scrimmage early, but the offense began to wear down the defensive unit and put points on the board.
The Broncos worked on special teams, specifically extra points and field goals following the scrimmage.
The 2014 version of the Bronco defense is going to have many new faces as they lost several key defenders to graduation from last year’s unit. The defensive line is going to have a new look with youth dominating the front three.
At the second level, the linebackers look to be strong for the Broncos this season, but will be young across the board. The Mustang backers aren’t the biggest you’ve ever seen, but they play fast, downhill and fill the holes with power.
The secondary will have the leaders on the defense for the Broncos this season. Seniors at the cornerback and safety positions will make life a lot easier for the rest of the Mustang defense this year. MHS will showcase speed and good coverage ability on the outside with their corners and heavy run-stopping ability with their big safeties.
The defense will be counted on this season to come up with big stops, especially early in the season when the offense will still be growing as a young unit.
“I really like the way our defense is looking right now,” Dombek said. “We are playing fast and aggressive. We have a lot of young talent sprinkled in with the experienced guys, so it is a lot of fun to watch.”
Offensively, the Broncos will have to replace the entire offensive line from last year’s team. Mustang will not employ the same size and power on the line of scrimmage this season, but will have the ability to be quicker and more athletic, which allows them to be versatile with their schemes.
Tight ends will be more involved in this year’s offense for the Broncos as MHS has several players who have enormous size for high school athletes. Mustang will try and utilize that to their advantage in the middle of the field.
On the outside, the Broncos will have a lot of speed and size. Their big receivers will provide the opposition with matchup nightmares and force double teams throughout the season.
Mustang loses a lot of production at the running back position from last year’s team, but they have a stable of strong young backs to carry the load for the offense this season.
Quarterback will be a big strength for the Broncos this season as they return sophomore Chandler Garrett, who helped lead Mustang to a quarterfinal appearance in the postseason a year ago.
“We started off a little slow offensively, but we picked it up toward the end,” Dombek said. “Still have a long way to go in every area, but this was a good start.”
If Mustang can get its offensive and defensive lines figured out by the time the regular season rolls around in early September, this team could be very scary in 2014.
Mustang hosts Chicken Express Team Camp
The Broncos played host to 21 different teams from around the state from all class levels Monday through Wednesday in the Chicken Express Team Camp.
The three-day event took place at Bronco Stadium and the MHS Soccer Complex. It is the largest summer team camp in the state.