You'd be hard pressed to find more of a surprise team a year ago then Midland Valley. After two straight years in which they won two games, the 'stangs posted six wins and made it to the playoffs.
Doing it in back to back years will be a chore for coach Rick Knight and his charges. Plenty of new faces dot the roster in key positions, namely in the offensive backfield. But with a new winning attitude, the confidence is already there.
Clayte Steelman says, "It carries over a lot. We want more, we know what it feels like to win and we're just tired of losing."
Adds A.J. Conklin, "Just team chemistry, we have to work hard to get back where we were last year."
While some of the skill positions may be young in the tooth, both lines is where the experience lies. They might not out muscle people, but have found a way to get the job done.
Coach Rick Knight says, "We think we're alright, we're not that big, but we do have some strength and some experience there. We have a strong nucleus of real enthusiastic kids and that needs to spead of course."
One slot they take a big hit at is special teams. Midland Valley loses one of the best punters in the state last year, David Coursey. The Mustangs open the season on the 24th against Keenan.