Offensive Changes for City View Mustangs

Offensive Changes for City View Mustangs

The City View Mustangs are known for their run-heavy, wishbone-style offense, but that's about to change.

With new offensive coordinator Jeremy Gantt, they're spreading it out to try to maximize their dynamic backfield of quarterback Ryan Karr and running back D.J. Coursey.

Gantt comes from Clifton, but before that he was at Jacksboro under coach Brandon Brown.

The Mustangs coaches also spent time with the Rider coaching staff in the offseason, learning more about the spread concepts.

"It's gonna spread out the defense," said senior blocking back Justin Silva. "It gives our quarterback and running back more space to do the things they're capable of doing."

"It's a lot different," says Karr. "It's more throwing, it's more sprinting out, it's a lot more. But I like it."

Karr is a junior who started part of last year, but only attempted 22 passes for a team that averaged an area-low 22.1 passing yards per game last season.

"I've definitely calmed down a little bit," Karr says of the difference between this year and last. "My arm's getting stronger. I'm ready to be quarterback, now."

His coach Rudy Hawkins agrees.

"We really believe Karr is a guy that can really run the offense-- throw it and run," Hawkins says.  "He's a dual-threat quarterback."

Of course, having Coursey back healthy this season is also a big plus for the Mustangs, who will still run it plenty out of the spread. Coursey missed most of 2012 with a high ankle sprain.

"You know he just brings another dynamic," Coach Hawkins says of his running back. "He's an explosive-type kid, and he can score any time he touches it."

Silva agrees: "If we stay on our blocks until the whistle blows, I think D.J., the way he runs, the spins, the cuts, he can create space and get more yards."

This year, Class 2A will send four teams per district to the playoffs, instead of three. The Mustangs have been in the mix the past two seasons, but they're aiming higher than fourth this year.

"These past couple years I think we were the number-four team, the number-five team," Silva said. "So this year we're trying to get to the number-two or even number-one, first in district. It's motivated us a lot more."

"Sky's the limit," Karr agrees. "We've just got to work harder. We want that playoff spot. We want to go."

The Mustangs will open the season August 30th at home against the Olney Cubs.