Mustangs have questions to settle

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Grapevine head coach Dave Henigan has an interesting dilemma heading into his fifth season at Grapevine.

His kicking game is somewhat of an unknown.

In his time at Grapevine, Henigan has seen kickers go off to Kansas and Abilene Christian after their time at Grapevine.

This season, the special team duties are left up to senior Dan Plorin, who has big soccer cleats to fill in one of the staples of Grapevine’s success.

Beyond kicking, this team has yet to settle on a starting quarterback, but whoever it is will get a nice target in returning wideout Austin Parker.

Here is a look at Grapevine’s 2013 squad:

2013 Mustangs

Coach: Dave Henigan (5th season)

2012: 3-7 (2-5 in District 6-5A); Finished 6th in 6-5A

Key returners: WR Austin Parker, QB Adam Sandy, QB Sam Barry, LB/RB Drake Adair

Outlook: Henigan can sympathize with most of the Big 12 coaches this year, entering the season with a quarterback battle … Competing for the spot are Sandy and Berry, each of whom Henigan said is capable of leading a winning ball team … He won’t make a decision on a starter until after the team’s scrimmage with Denton Ryan this weekend, or even until the regular season opener.

“They both do different things well,” Henigan said. “They’re both good kids and can run the ball pretty well and can throw the ball. It’s a very tight competition and their both leaders and competitors.”

Grapevine returns a top receiver from 2012, Parker, who tallied 263 yards, averaging 11.4 yards per catch … On the defensive side of the ball, Adair returns to anchor down Grapevine’s 3-4 defense as the team’s returning statistical leader in tackles.

Overall, the Mustangs return eight starters, four on offense and four on defense … While the team will be young, Grapevine’s sub-varsity teams are coming off their best season under the Henigan regime, both finishing 7-3.

“Both of our JV and freshman teams have had the best record since we’ve been here,” he said. “Hopefully that will come to fruition on Friday nights now.”

Last season’s 3-7 season was the first losing season for the Mustangs in four years; however, the Mustangs are still in search of their first playoff win since 2006.

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