Shoal River Mustangs look to build on strong summer

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Mondreus Flavors turns the corner around right end against the Ruckel Rams on Friday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Shoal River Middle School football team enters the preseason coming off a strong summer.

Mustang coach Ryan Gillis praised his team for its willingness to get the job done after an impressive scrimmage against Ruckel Middle School on Friday.

"They have a maturity and a dadgum work ethic," he said. "They work hard in the weight room and it's showing off. We were running over people today and they are actually a bigger football team than us.

"They work hard when it's hot. I'd say they've had two bad practices with the heat. When I say bad practices, guess what, you are going to have a bad practice in the heat."

With the season’s beginning just a couple of weeks away, Gillis said the Mustangs are about where he expected them to be at this point.

"We still have a long ways to go, but I like where we are," he said. "We've got a lot of kids that are returning, but at the same time we've got a lot of new kids playing, so it's a good mix.

"It's usually about half and half on offense and defense with new kids and returners. It's usually a one-year turnover. Luckily, we've had a good run of kids that were good enough to start or play in the seventh grade and come back and be a base to build around in the eighth grade."

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