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Moore brings veteran presence to Mustangs Senior tackle Wesley Loague, along with sophomore center Austin Black and junior guards Hayden Gordon and Andrew Malone, have all earned spots on the inexperienced offensive line.

BY ZACH ADAMS

ITAWAMBA COUNTY TIMES

Moore

MANTACHIE

MUSTANGS FAST FACTS

Division: 2-3A 2011 record: 3-8, 0-5 division (no playoffs) Coach: Lynn Moore (1st year)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dustin Carrel, Jr., QB/PK Starting QB is expected to also be a difference-maker on special teams. Micah Sparks, Jr., QB/WR/S A speedy breakaway threat, he is the Mustangs’ big-play maker. Trent Ellis, Sr., LB One of team’s best pass rushers last season, the hard-hitting senior could flourish in Mantachie’s aggressive defensive scheme.

Mantachie first-year coach Lynn Moore plans on using an up-tempo offensive attack to lead the Mustangs to victory in their second season in Class 3A. Moore, who served the last two seasons as offensive coordinator for Anniston (Ala.) High School, will rely on an experienced core of running backs and seniorladen defense to set an early tone for the campaign. “We’re a hurry-up, no huddle, fast-paced offense,” he said. “We want to throw the ball around, but we are going to be a physical run-first football team.”

OFFENSE

Returning starter Dustin Carrel entered the fall as the No. 1 quarterback, but safety Micah Sparks, as well as Austin Byrd and Phillip Christian could all see snaps. “Dustin brings a year of experience and throws the ball well,” Moore said. “He is a really smart kid and I think he brings a lot to the table with his leader-

DEFENSE

Mantachie is based out of a 4-2-5 alignment but will routinely use multiple fronts as part of an aggressive game plan. “We like to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage,” Moore said. “We are not a read defense; we are more of an aggressive, attacking unit.” ZACH ADAMS | ITAWAMBA COUNTY TIMES Seniors Alex Gray and Samuel Dustin Carrel will take snaps Matthews will man the tackle positions, again this season as well as kick. while Hunter Mears will hold down one of the end spots with Scribner and ship and demeanor.” Smith rotating at the other. Sparks returns as the Mustangs’ bigStandout linebacker Trent Ellis replay threat and will split time between turns, joined by Clay Johnson, Chatham quarterback, wide receiver and safety. and Stephens. Junior Mac Grimes will lead a pool of Sparks and T.J. Pitts are the safeties, running backs that also includes Ryno and Holland and Zac Cox the corners. Hardin, Hunter Holland, Cole Stephens, Cody Chatham and Corey Smith. SPECIAL TEAMS Sparks, Byrd, Logan McCoy and Carrel will handle the placekicking Chris Bruff will all see time at wide reand punting duties, while Johnson will ceiver, while senior Cory Scribner will be the deep snapper. Sparks, along with start at tight end. others, will handle returns.

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SCHEDULE

North Pontotoc 7:30 Belmont 7:30 at New Site 7:30 East Union 7:30 Potts Camp 7:30 Hatley 7:30 Aberdeen* 7:30 at Mooreville* 7:00 South Pontotoc* 7:00 at Nettleton* 7:00 at Water Valley* 7:00 *–Division 2-3A

SCOUTING REPORT

The Mustangs welcome three new assistants as Chad Garner, A.J. Freeman and defensive coordinator T.J. Seago join the staff … Moore, a former coach at Itawamba AHS, Aberdeen and West Point, went 9-5 last season as the offensive coordinator at Anniston, Ala., including a berth in the Alabama 4A semis … Mustangs are home for six of the first seven weeks … Moore, also the AD, has worked to improve facilities, including new 1,600-seat home bleachers.

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