Kendall Catalon proved to be a dual threat last season at the quarterback position for the Mansfield Legacy football team, and he will be just as important to the Broncos’ success in 2016.
Legacy finished 5-5 on the season in 2015 and in fifth place, just missing the postseason, and coach Chris Melson said he will rely on Catalon this season to help his team take it a step further.
“Kendall’s a veteran presence who is blossoming into a strong leader,” Melson said. “He already holds the record at Legacy for most career passing yards, passing touchdowns and single season total yardage.”
Catalon wrapped up last season with 1,382 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, with only three interceptions.
To add to that, the Legacy quarterback rushed for 989 yards and five touchdowns, proving to be the Broncos’ biggest offensive threat in 2015.
Legacy finished 3-4 in District 14-5A competition and came up just one game short of playoff spot, so while Catalon thought the season went fairly well last year, he said the team did not accomplish what it had hoped.
“Last year, we had a lot of talent,” Catalon said. “But we lacked in leadership and in finishing games.”
The senior quarterback said that his objective for this season is to do his part to help the Broncos reach the playoffs, and said he will try to fill a couple of roles on the team in order to achieve that goal.
“What I try to bring to the team is energy and leadership skills, so we can execute, and I can help lead the team to victory,” Catalon said.
Catalon is also a member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams at Legacy High School and said his offseason plans involved working to ensure that he is as prepared as he possible can be for the fall.
“I want to become the best football player and student athlete that I can be and be a better leader,” Catalon said.
In order to get over the hump this coming season and make a run at a postseason berth, Catalon said that it will take a couple of things for he and his teammates.
“It will take the mindset of players and coaches to be on the same page and the ‘I-want’ mentality,” Catalon said.