Mustangs to feature new faces at offensive skill positions

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The Grapevine spring football season recently wrapped up, and head coach Dave Henigan said that so far, he is very impressed with what he has seen from his team.

The Mustangs finished last season with a 3-7 record and 2-5 mark in district competition, and Henigan said he was especially impressed with the way his players competed for positions.

“I thought it went really well,” Henigan said. “We had a lot of competition and really got after it and got better. We had some key spots we had to replace, and just had a lot of good competition for those places. I really felt that we settled some spots, but we also have some that are still up for grabs.

“I thought it was a real positive spring. I think our chemistry is good, we had some great practices and looked good.”

Henigan said that there were a couple of big questions that needed to be answered heading into this spring, and he believes those issues have at least been addressed, if not answered.

“Obviously, the two biggest questions are that, one we lost a three-year quarterback (Brett Harbin), and that's not settled,” Henigan said. “Sam Barry and Adam Sandy are both still competing for that, and both had outstanding springs. What I did find out is that we have two good quarterbacks, and we are not ready to name a starter.

“We are going to carry that competition into the fall, but they are both good, and that's a good problem to have. We also lost a thousand-yard rusher at tailback (Riley Albus), which is a big loss. We had some guys step back. Drake Adair had a great spring, and looked good.”

Henigan said his team worked on a variety of things this spring, but placed special focus on a couple of different areas that he and the coaching staff believe are key to the Mustangs’ success next season.

“We worked on everything, but the big emphasis was on situational stuff,” Henigan said. “We wanted to emphasized what we felt were some of the keys to victory, so we fielded a lot of kicks in the special teams. We worked on our kicking game and worked on the fundamentals, like tackling, blocking, creating turnovers and ball security.

“We also focused on situational type scenarios with emphasis on third down and red zone/goal line situations. All those things are what we've determined are the biggest factors in whether or not we win or lose.”

Grapevine returns four starters on offense and four starters on defense next season.

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