By Melissa McCaghren
The Wilson Mustangs had a tough season last year. The team finished third in their District; however, only the top two teams advanced.
This year, they have a new District, new teams and a new opportunity to advance to playoffs.
Coach Michael Garza said so far their first few days of two-a-days have went well. “I was glad to have our athletes back and us back at work,” he said.
The team, which plays six-man football, is young but according to Garza competitive. “We will build on fundamentals of the game and work everyday to make sure we build our athletic program. Our plan is to work on our basic fundamentals which include our Atavus tackling program to correctly working handoffs and building strength in the weight room,” he said.
The freshman class is competing for spots on the Varsity team, but there are other aspects the coaches are looking for in this year’s team.
“We are not only just looking for leaders we are looking for athletes who are willing to compete and with a few returners back the will for competition is wide open,” said Garza.
Wilson’s new District will feature the Klondike Cougars, Sands Mustangs, Dawson Dragons and Loop Longhorns.
Loop was in the team’s District last year. The other team in their 2019 District – Southland, has been moved to another District.
“We have a competitive District and we will take it a game at a time,” said Garza. “We look forward to playing in our new District.”
In addition to the new teams, the Mustangs are also facing an “opponent” in COVID-19.
Still, they have been taking precautions as required by the University Interscholastic League.
“During the times of Covid we screen every athlete coming in every morning following UIL guidelines provided to our coaching staff. As athletes organize their locker room there is no trash left behind and lockers and equipment are cleaned daily for player safety,” said Garza.
The Mustangs are set start their season playing Rule Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at home. Should this change due to COVID, The Slatonite will post it online.