Coach: Chris Melson
Last Season: 4-6 (2-5 in district), missed the playoffs
Key Players: RB Kijana Amous (5-10, 206); OLB Everett Williams (6-1, 225); OL Chad Pursley (6-5, 250); QB Terrance Ivery (5-8, 175); MLB Michael Sanders (5-11, 220); FS Jared McGee (6-0, 195).
The big picture: Mansfield Legacy is going to try an interesting experiment this year that coach Chris Melson hopes will pay big dividends. Terrance Ivery will get the nod at quarterback for the Broncos, and while the former receiver/defensive back has never played the position in high school, Melson believes that Ivery’s 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash and keen instincts (three kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2012) will be a great asset to an already potent offensive unit. Kijana Amous (1,006 yards, 22 TDs) will lead the ground attack for Legacy, with Chad Pursley (committed to SMU) clearing the way up front. The strong linebacker duo of Everett Williams and Michael Sanders (106 tackles) will be big run stoppers for the Broncos, and safety Jared McGee (73 tackles, 5 INTs) will anchor the Legacy secondary. A 2-5 district mark last season is deceiving, as the Broncos lost district games to Waxahachie and Mansfield Summit by six points each, and dropped a third one by a score of 28-20 to state-runner up Lancaster, a game Legacy led 20-3 in the third quarter. Melson said with 17 starters returning from last season, the Broncos are feeling good about their chances in a tough district that includes Lancaster and Red Oak, both of which went multiple rounds in the playoffs last season. The team is “excited and optimistic,” Melson said, about a playoff run.
Quotable: “The work ethic our players have shown and their desire to be successful is outstanding. They have committed themselves to the weight room all spring and all off-season, and they show up to work every single day. The work ethic and the chemistry are both really, really high.” — Coach Chris Melson
“I feel great about this season, because we have players that are committed to achieving our biggest goal this year of winning state. ... My personal goals are to the be the best player I can be for my team, to work hard and to make sure that I set a good example both on and off the field.” — Kijana Amous
Notable: In Legacy’s first and only postseason berth in 2009, the Broncos won a playoff game, defeating Fort Worth Eastern Hills 42-21, then lost to Denton Guyer in the area round by the same score.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Mansfield Legacy’s Kijana Amous scored 22 touchdowns last season.
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