Offense, Experience Have City View Primed for Playoffs

For City View in 2014, the offense should be explosive.

The Mustangs return nearly their entire offense from last season, when they scored over 35 points per game and made the playoffs for just the second time in school history.

"It'd been 11 years since our last time in the playoffs," senior Dalton Jackson said. "So that gives our team high hopes that we can possibly go there again."

They've got a three-year starter at quarterback, and a star running back entering his fourth season on varsity, all behind a veteran offensive line that returns all five starters from last year. In all, ten of eleven starters return on offense, and eight on defense.

"We've been together since eighth grade," senior lineman Leonard Crone said of his unit. "So we have a lot of experience together."

Running back D.J. Coursey ran for over 1200 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, while totaling more than 500 more yards through the air, with six more scores.

"D.J. is D.J.," coach Rudy Hawkins said. "You know, he's a fabulous athlete, and we're trying to find different ways to get him the ball. He's becoming a better route-runner at the slot receiver. So he's just a scary threat to have, and I'm glad he's on our side."

His teammates are just as effusive with the praise.

"He can run, he can truck, and he can juke," Crone said. "He can do whatever he wants to if he puts his mind to it, and I believe he can."

"That's pretty much what City View is, is speed and agility," Jackson agreed. "So he gives us the juke and jive and flash of the team."

But making it all work is senior quarterback Ryan Karr. He's been preparing for this season since middle school and has become a consummate leader of the team.

"He's a dual-threat quarterback, so he can hurt you in two ways," Coach Hawkins said. "And he leads by example. The kid doesn't miss workouts, he's never late, and he's definitely a leader for this football team."

Crone agreed: "He comes in the locker room smiling, when we're all tired, and we just want to go home, and he just goes, 'Oh come on, let's go.' He pushes us."

"He pushes everybody to their limits and gets us to exactly where we need to be," Jackson said. "Even when we forget our place because of our nerves."

The Mustangs are hoping their veteran offense will spur a return to the playoffs this year, and an even-deeper run.

"We know what the playoffs feel like," Crone said. "And like my coach says, 'We kicked in the door, now we've got to just keep kicking in all the other doors.' And it feels great."

The Mustangs open the season on the road against Quanah August 29th. They will open up their newly-renovated Veterans' Stadium the following week against Archer City.

City View 2014 Football Schedule

Aug. 29 at Quanah, 7:30
Sep. 5 vs Archer City, 7:30
Sep. 12 vs Windthorst, 7:30
Sep. 19 BYE
Sep. 26 at Jacksboro, 7:30
Oct. 3 at Eastland, 7:30
Oct. 10 vs Millsap, 7:30
Oct. 17 at Nocona, 7:30
Oct. 24 vs Cisco, 7:30
Oct. 31 at Holliday, 7:30
Nov. 7 vs Henrietta, 7:30