Our High School Training Camp Road Trip heads to northwest Wichita Falls, to hear from the City View Mustangs!
They're breaking in a new quarterback, and that'll put plenty of the offensive load on their returning star running back, Deon'Tray Jordan.
"He's the dude," says senior tight end and defensive end Ronnie Killen. "We're going to block for him, and see what he does."
Last year, in his first season after moving in, 'Tray ran for over 1600 yards, and led Texoma with 23 rushing touchdowns.
"He's got the biggest heart of anyone on the team," said Killen. "If he don't want to go down, he's not going to go down."
"He's a little bit stronger this year, and he's a little bit faster, also," said City View Head Coach Rudy Hawkins. "He had a great offseason, he put a lot of work in, in the summer. We look forward to seeing the bigger and better 'Tray."
The key this year for the Mustangs will be creating holes for Jordan to run through.
"The young guys up front are going to really have to mature real quick," said coach Hawkins.
"Even though they're young, they're real good kids, and they're coachable," said Killen. "And that's the good, key part."
They'll also have to protect Dondre Bobo. The senior moves over from wide receiver to take over for graduated quarterback Ryan Karr, who passed for 1800 yards and ran for another 700 last year.
On the defensive side of the ball, it's year two of the new "Hawk Tackling" system for the Mustangs, who really like the change.
"We didn't have any concussions from the defensive side of the ball this past season, so it was well worth going to it," said Hawkins. "We also believe it puts us in good position."
"Every bit of it helps," explained Killen, who was second in Texoma in tackles last season with 142. "From tracking to attacking the near hip, and actually executing the Hawk roll."
"We're not as big as last year," said junior linebacker Danny Ho, who recorded 98 tackles as a sophomore. "But our speed and our strength's going to make up for it."
The past two years, City View's reached the playoffs, but they're still looking for their first playoff win in school history. A big part of that will be playoff seeding. They need to climb that ladder, so they don't face a district champion right off the bat.
"We've probably got to knock somebody off that we're probably not expected to beat," said Hawkins. "You know, Cisco, Eastland, Henrietta, I believe that they're pretty strong up top. So we're going to need to knock them off."
Jordan said last year's bi-district loss to Spearman serves as motivation. "I wanted to go farther and get City View's first gold ball," said Jordan. "That's the goal right now. We're gonna get the gold ball."
The Mustangs will open the season with a home game against the Quanah Indians, on August 28th.