By Greg Ford
April and May mean many things, and at Sachse one of them is it’s time to hit the practice field for spring football.
The Mustangs, who barely missed making the playoffs for the fourth straight year last season, have been working out for the last few weeks with the intention of preparing for the 2015 season that begins in late August.
“We’re trying to find out who is going to quarterback (the team),” head coach Mark Behrens said. “We’re looking how our running back situation develops, and we’re trying to implement our defensive scheme.”
He added, “And you try to develop as much depth on both sides of the ball.”
Once again, the Mustangs are looking for a new field general. A year ago, the mission was to replace Kent Myers, which Brett Cox admirably did, becoming one of the top passers in the area. This time around, Behrens and his staff are seeking Cox’s heir.
“We’ve got one junior (Blake Dean) who is in baseball,” Behrens said. “Then, we’ve got sophomore Alex Williams and two freshmen, Jalen Mayden and Preston Weeks. Right now, they are all getting reps evenly.”
Whoever is taking snaps will be joined in the Mustang backfield by a new No. 1 ball carrier, as Devine Ozigbo is set to graduate and move on to the University of Nebraska.
“In line, the next one should be Kelon Wilson,” Behrens said, “but we’ve got a few pushing him a little bit. Christian Cole, a freshman, has really had some good workouts so far. We’re interested to see how that develops. We have some other kids who can come in and be some role players.”
Defensively, Sachse is moving some players around to strengthen the defensive line, while Rico Woods is developing as a leader there, Behrens noted. In the secondary, the Mustangs do get back the talented Jared Mayden, who has been a starter for nearly three and a half seasons.
“Jared is one of those highly recruited athletes, who is a big kid who can cover,” Behrens said.
Note: Currently, several starters from a year ago have not yet suited up full-time, including Devin (track) and Donovan Duvernay (baseball), as their spring sports have not finished.