THORNDIKE---- The Mount View Mustangs football finished 3-5 and missed the playoffs last season.
The Mustangs will look for some new players to pick up the system and try and improve on that record.
"We are very young and inexperienced. We have some nice new pieces this year. It will come down to how quickly our new players can pick up on the system,"Mount View coach Haggie Pratt said. "We hope to be a factor in the playoff picture this year, but we will have to grow up quickly."
The Mustangs will not have any players on the roster that will be going into their fourth year of varsity football. They graduated three very important players (Kenny McGray and the Spaulding twins, Clint and Chris) from last years team. Chris and Clint anchored the offensive line and played important defensive roles. McGray was the quarterback.
Returning letter-men QB Cole Hannan, RB's Tyler Ripley, Trevor Saucier and Jack Axsom will be joined by newcomers Gavin Simpson and James Blanchette.
"These six (Hannan, Ripley, Saucier, Axsom, Simpson, and Blanchette) players all have good speed and will be reliable sources offensively and defensively,"Pratt said. "Blanchette has also looked good kicking in preseason and may provide us with a legitimate field goal threat."
David Roche, Darrien Bailey, Ethan Sewell-Berry, Casey Spaulding, Axsom, and Blanchette will play key roles on both sides of the ball. Devan Davis, Ben Rodgers, Colton Medina, Cole Resmini, and Alex Sobey should also see significant defensive time.
"Defensively, we will rely on a blend of size and speed,"Pratt said. "Hopefully we will give teams trouble with our speed and scrappy play."
Mount View will open the season with a road game against Orono. They will play their home opener against Stearns.
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