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Mustang senior Jared Chance is excited about his last season as a Mustang Bronco. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Mustang’s Jared Chance has two goals for his senior year. The first goal can be accomplished on August 31 when the Mustang Broncos travel up the street to kickoff the season against their arch rival the Yukon Millers. Chance’s second goal will be successful if Mustang can hold the gold ball up at the end of the season.

Chance is a defensive tackle and right guard. While the linemen do not collect the touchdowns the Broncos know how important it is to win the battle in the trenches.

“That’s key. That’s where we think battles are won. That’s what decides it, especially when it comes down to the fourth quarter,” Chance said.

Last year the Mustang Broncos had a down season finishing at 3-7 and missing a playoff berth. 

“Last year I feel like we got beat a lot down in the trenches but this year we’ll hopefully comeback a lot stronger,” Chance said.

When Chance was asked what the team’s goals were this season he did not have to stop and think about it.

“Beat Yukon and win state,” Chance said. “We’ve got two goals right there. We don’t want to be that team that never beat Yukon and we want to bring a state championship to this side of the state. That’s the two goals that we’ve got.”

To accomplish those two goals Chance knows that it will not come easy, nothing will be given to the Broncos and they will have to fight for everything they earn on the field.

“Just out working everybody,” said Chance. “We’re working really hard and I think we’ll be ready for it.”
Football to Chance is much more than hitting an opponent. 

Chance said his favorite thing about football is, “The camaraderie with your teammates. We’re out here working while everybody else is sleeping, there’s nothing better than that.”

Chance and his fellow linemen take physicality to another level when they step on the gridiron.

“It’s a bare-knuckle fight with lights turned on. Against the big time (teams) like the Yukon’s, the big games it turns into just a bare-knuckle fight basically,” said Chance.

Chance has been playing football since he was 9 years old. This year will mark Chance’s eighth season with shoulder pads and a helmet on.

Chance said that the love for football has kept him on the field.

“Growing up it was always college Saturday and pro Sunday and that’s just always been a goal of mine so I’ve always worked for that,” said Chance.

Mustang will have a large group of returning starters and have experience on their side.

“It’s huge because everybody has been there. No one’s going to get to the situation when they’re panicked, they’ve seen a lot. Last year no one really knew what was going on but this year I think we’ve got 18 returning starters. I think everybody is going to be ready to go,” said Chance.

Chance wants his class on 2013 to be remembered as the team that brought Mustang a football state championship.

“Win state definetly. That’s the no. 1 goal out of everybody,” Chance said. 

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