Mansfield Legacy Broncos
2012: 4-6, no playoffs
Spring game: May 30, 7 p.m., Newsom Stadium
Last season the Broncos failed to nab one of the four playoff spots in District 15-4A, one of the most talent-laden and competitive districts in the area with teams such as Lancaster, Ennis and Red Oak.
If Legacy wants to return to the postseason for the first time since 2009, they will need to fill some holes due to graduation.
Top playmaker and receiver Marchie Murdock, who signed with Illinois, is graduating and will be difficult to replace. Coach Chris Melson believes they have already found a replacement for graduating quarterback Brady Burke (Evangel University, MO) in Terrance Ivery, who caught 44 passes for 488 yards and a touchdown as a slot receiver and returned two kicks for scores last season.
“He’s athletic, he can run and has a pretty good arm,” Melson said. “We’re working on all the routes and getting his timing down during the spring.”
Melson knows what he has at running back in returning 1,000-yard rusher Kijana Amous (5-10, 195), who scored 22 total touchdowns a season ago.
“He plays the game with as much passion as anyone I’ve ever coached, he loves the game and his teammates seem to respond to him in a positive manner” Melson said. “He’s our workhorse, he’s our bell cow and we look forward to his senior year and seeing him mature as a player and person.”
The strength of the defense is expected to be up front where the Broncos return three starters in Taaj Bacari (6-1, 265), LaQuinton Logan and Harris Tafah (6-1, 220).
Next report: Mansfield
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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