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Mustangs at most wins in four years

Grapevine QB Alan Bowman (12) came out for the second half of last week’s blowout win over Poly, along with the rest of the first team.
Grapevine QB Alan Bowman (12) came out for the second half of last week’s blowout win over Poly, along with the rest of the first team. Special to the Star-Telegram

While the 56-7 victory over Fort Worth Poly last Friday was expected, it signaled another small yet important milestone for Grapevine’s football program.

The Mustangs (4-2, 1-1 in District 6-5A) reached their most wins in a season since 2011. From 2012-2014 the Mustangs recorded three, one and three victories respectively. The 2011 Mustangs went 6-5.

Should Grapevine defeat Fort Worth Dunbar at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium, the Mustangs would next assure themselves of a .500 regular season record. But that’s what the building of a program represents – eclipsing and erasing a forgettable past.

“Every little stage we accomplish adds to the development of our program,” head coach Randy Jackson said. “Last year when we were 0-5 and played poorly, we were hoping to get a victory, so we couldn’t take anything for granted with Poly.”

The growth of the program showed in this year’s meeting. It was clear the Mustangs were going to win this game against a winless Poly team. It was the way that they handled it that made the difference. They maintained focus and were business-like. Grapevine jumped out to 42-0 lead at halftime before playing all of the second team.

“There was a purpose,” Jackson said. “Our team’s mindset was pretty important. So I was proud of the way they did things. It just continues to show we have a bright future.”

Notable

The Mustangs used the game against Poly to use different players for punt returns or being the holder for PATs … Quarterback Cole Stevenson, who was with the junior varsity but was pulled up recently, played the second half. Typically, Jackson likes to keep his true backup on the JV because he wants him to get reps with the base offense. But with an undisclosed injury to linebacker Brennan Davis, who has served as the No. 2 quarterback, Jackson had to make a move …. As for Davis, his situation for the Dunbar game will likely be a game-time decision, Jackson said. Meanwhile, defensive back Kareem Mohamed (knee) hasn’t played yet but has been cleared to return. Jackson said he would like to hold Mohamed out for Dunbar to be safe. Grapevine has a bye on Oct. 17.

Colleyville Heritage update

The Panthers (2-3, 0-1 in 7-6A) spent most of their bye working on fundamentals and taking care of the football. While this team is very prolific offensively, it’s also pretty loose with the ball. In the 52-33 loss to Euless Trinity, it committed three turnovers.

“You can’t take for granted what working on blocking and tackling means for a program,” head coach Joe Willis said. “The first four weeks of the season were preseason games. Against Trinity, we had to start playing. There were no more excuses.”

Willis said he and his staff are working on two important elements, running the ball and stopping the run. They will continue to review combinations, but senior Jamarie Williams will remain an important figure in it.

Meanwhile, the snapping issues the Panthers had against Trinity may have been resolved. Junior center Jacob Kramer is expected to return after dealing with an undisclosed injury. Senior Trey Poirier was pressed into duty against the Trojans.

The Panthers resume their season against Haltom (1-5, 0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Birdville Fine Art and Athletics Complex. The Buffalos won their opener against Grand Prairie, 10-3, and have since dropped their last five. They haven’t scored more than 14 points in any game this year.

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