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Team Preview: West Mesa
The Skinny: Former Defensive Coordinator at Cibola Ron McMath takes over the West Mesa Mustangs in 2012 to try and help West Mesa jump the gap from middle tier 5A team to play-off team. Last year in 2011 the Mustangs went 6-4 and 3-1 in district play, but failed to make the play-offs losing a key game to District Rival Highland 42-12. They return some solid senior leadership starting with returning quarterback Dominic Davis.
Offensive Breakdown: "It's been going very well since I took over in February. We want to win on the field, practice field, and in the community. Our offense should be pretty potent. We return Dominic Davis, who is a dual threat and we'll have a lot of athletes that can do things out in space.
We feel that Pedro Trujillo is going to be a very good receiver, along with Khmaree McCray, and in the backfield we have Marcus Bush at 170 pounds.
We are going to try as much as possible to get these athletes in space and hopefully win those one on one match ups," Commented Ron McMath.
Last year the Mustangs scored 32 points per game thanks to 1,500 all purpose yards from Davis. They do lose deep threat Chris Kline, but over the year's West Mesa has been able to reload with a good receiving corps.
Up front West Mesa will be led by Justin Lopez at 5-foot-10, 250 pounds, and Hentry Martinez. If a weak spot exists on offense, it will be lack of depth from lack of big bodies.
"We are also going to run a 3-4 this year. We have a lot of good linebackers here. Travis Peterson looks to be our top linebacker along with Chris White," Commented McMath who is not only the Head Coach, but also serves as the Defensive Coordinator.
Peterson at 5-9, 185 pounds looks to be one of the top overall linebacker's in the Metro Area and sleeper prospect to keep tabs on. You can say the same about Chris White who checks in at 195 pounds. In the secondary it will be Khmaree McCray as their top defensive back and in the trenches they'll depend on Justin Lopez to go both ways this year.
Their schedule kicks off with Sandia which is a very important inner classification game as it's likely each team will be fighting for their usual play-off spot in the end of the year. Manzano and Alamogordo follow and in week five they'll have Cibola, Ron McMath's old stomping grounds.
Overall this team has more athletes and quality football players than initial thought. McMath will have his work cut out for him in the early season, but there is no reason to think that the Mustang's won'y battle Highland and Valley for the District 5-5A title. Sleeper team could wake up mid-seaosn to earn a home field play-off spot. Our staff left impressed.
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