Thursday, August 31, 2000
The word for the West Grand Mustangs football squad this year is green.
The team is only returning two starters on offense and three on defense.
"We're real young, we could have six sophomores on the field this year," coach Chris Brown said.
There are seven seniors playing on the team, but three of them have never played football before.
In all, 35 players are out for the 2000 team.
"That's low for us. Usually we have more that 45," Brown said.
They would have had one more returner on each side, but the starting tail back, special teams ball handler and defensive back David Masching was injured in a scrimmage and is indefinitely on the sidelines.
The player to watch on offense now is senior Josh Johnson, filling the fullback position. On defense, junior James Holmes at defensive end will hopefully help give his young team some momentum.
The coach sees success this year only if the young players step up and play like veterans. Their young offensive line will have to make holes for its veteran running back, while protect its first year sophomore quarterback.
Last year the Mustangs went 4-6, which was the first losing record for the team in 14 years.
Their first game is against Buena Vista at home in Kremmling on Saturday.
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