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Preston Ochoa attempts to grab a pass last Tuesday. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

The Broncos are one step closer to the 2012 opening kickoff at Yukon on August 31.

Mustang finished up their 7-on-7 passing league last Tuesday night at Bronco Stadium. The younger athletes and the defense have certainly caught some of the coach’s eyes with the improvement after three of the passing league.

“Our young kids have really improved. I think defensively we’ve even put more stuff in,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said. “I guess the biggest improvement and it’s always the same is the young kids. We had three huddles offensively going so the freshman were getting as many reps as the older kids. I thought they did real well. At times they were going against West Moore’s varsity.”

The Broncos had a tough year last year with a 3-7 finish. The young athletes had less experience and were lacking football knowledge then that they are striving with now.

“I just feel really good with the knowledge part of it. Of course we all know until you put helmets and shoulder pads on it changes a little bit. At least knowledge wise we had a pretty good understanding,” said Prestidge.

Mark Ryan will step in as Mustang’s defensive coordinator and Zach Gray will be the new linebacker coach. The two have changed the Bronco defense for the better.

“On the defensive side I’m really impressed how far we’ve come. We’re going to an entirely new system,” said Prestidge.

Mustang’s offense will see few changes from last season, but will likely see the same success with junior quarterback Frankie Edwards at the helm and a crop of receivers returning.

“Our cadence system is changing a little bit,” said Prestidge. “We will have different tempos instead of just fast.”

Coming into the passing league Prestidge felt that the Mustang Broncos passed the ball at the top of the 6A
Class. After the league Prestidge did not deviate from that at all.

“Statistically we have been the last 10 years. We expect it to be right there. Our receivers are a pretty good group of kids. We’ve got depth there too. We’ve got experience. We played so many young kids last year we’re getting to the silver lining after that black cloud past,” said Prestidge.

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