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Grapevine spring football game

The Mustangs red team beat the blue 24-21. They went 9-3 in 2017.
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The Mustangs red team beat the blue 24-21. They went 9-3 in 2017.

The Grapevine Mustangs held their annual spring football game on Tuesday at Grapevine Middle School. The Red team, which consisted of the first-team offense, rallied to beat the Blue team 24-21.

Last season’s record: 9-3, 6-1 (Second in District 8-5A)

Playoffs: Lost to Aledo in the area round

Coach: Mike Alexander, Second year

Top returning players: 2019 RB Roshawn Prear (1,632 rush, 19 TD), 2019 WR David Clayton (1,212 rec, 17 TD), 2019 WR Jack Ertz (534 rec, 7 TD), 2019 WR Alex Vergara (577 rec, 5 TD), 2019 QB Cade Rhodes (7 pass TD), 2019 OT Tony Campos, 2019 LB Timothy Drysdale, 2019 Braedan Hudson, 2020 Collin McCullough

Recruiting buzz: Schools would be wise to get in on Clayton while they can because his stock is about to take off this season.

What we saw: The Blue team led 14-3 off three touchdown passes from 2020 QB Austin Alexander. He found 2021 WR Kevin Conte and 2019 WR Sean Price twice. They also picked off the Red team twice in the first half.

Rhodes and Clayton hooked up for 75 and 50-yard touchdowns for the Red team. Prear scored the game-winning rushing touchdown with 2:04 left.

What Coach Alexander said: “David is always a good option to throw the ball to. One of these days, the college coaches will figure that out.”

“They fought through the whole scrimmage and looked good.”

“We feel like we need to at our best when it’s time and it doesn’t have to now or in August, but it’s a process. By the time we get to October, we want to be playing good football. I think with the guys we have on the team, we can be as good as we were last year or better.”

David Clayton
Grapevine’s David Clayton should be the featured receiver in the team’s 2017 offense. Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram

What David Clayton said: “It was hard at first, but Cade and I have been working out on our own, playing 7-on-7 and just trying to get our timing down. This summer we’ll be at it a lot. We still have a lot to go, but I’m thankful – he’s an amazing quarterback.”

“It’s a new district, but our coaches always tell us to have a 1-0 mentality. No matter how big or how small, as long as we do what we have to do and execute, we’ll be just fine no matter what team we’re playing.”

New district: 4-5A Div. 1 (Colleyville Heritage, Denton, Denton Ryan, Birdville, Creekview, Turner, Newman Smith)

Non-district schedule: Week 1 vs. Azle at Southlake's Dragon Stadium, Week 2 vs. Abilene Cooper at UNT's Apogee Stadium, Week 3 at Justin Northwest

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