Mansfield Sports

December 2, 2013

Broncos may be here to stay

Analysis The Legacy program managed a turnaround in 2013 that will likely change football’s postseason landscape for years to come.

The season came to an end for the Legacy football team last Friday night, but not before completing its strongest campaign in school history and proving that it will be a force to be reckoned with in area football for the foreseeable future.

The Broncos were a senior-heavy team, but players have bought into head coach Chris Melson's system and a foundation has been set for the next generation of players.

Legacy's off-season conditioning and strength training program is paying dividends for the Broncos in big ways, and younger players seem to be eager to move into those vacant roles and keep the tradition going in the coming seasons.

The Broncos lost in the regional semifinals round of the postseason to perennial powerhouse Highland Park at AT&T Stadium to wrap up their season with a 10-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in district competition.

Legacy enjoyed a massive turnaround from the 2012 season, when the team finished 4-6 on the season and 2-5 in district, which was good for sixth place in an eight-team district.

Finishing second in district this season, including a perfect record in home games, the Broncos improved upon their previous best effort in the 2009 campaign, when it defeated Fort Worth Eastern Hills in the bi-district round of the playoffs and reached the area round of the postseason.

That year, Legacy finished 8-4 on the season with a 5-2 district record and finished third overall in district competition that included Stephenville and Everman.

This season, the Broncos were led by Kijana Amous, who finished the year with more than 1,880 yards rushing and 27 rushing touchdowns for Legacy.

Terrance Ivery was also a huge part of what the Broncos did offensively this season, rushing for 1,297 yards and passing for 999 yards, while combining for 21 touchdowns on the season, including 14 passing and seven rushing touchdowns.

Kenton Mayberry was also a big threat in the run game, rushing for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Broncos, giving Legacy three players with more than 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

Legacy defeated Tyler John Tyler in the bi-district round by a score of 35-14, in which Ivery, Amous and Mayberry combined for 421 yards of rushing offense and accounted for three of the Broncos' touchdowns.

Against McKinney North in the area round, the Broncos won a slug fest in which Mayberry rushed for 340 yards and six touchdowns in the game and Legacy scored 70 points.

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