An optimistic Mavericks Head Coach Clint Young expects to see more of the evolving potential of the 2012-2013 Mavericks on Friday against the South Gray Rebels.
“I want to see the motors run longer that they did [last Friday],” said Young, “and I think they will.”
Coming off a (40-20) season opening loss against QB Matt McClaren and the Wildcats of Minneola, the Mavericks showed a fair amount of rust, nearly allowing McClaren to run unfettered from one end of the Greensburg gridiron to the other.
Young said he saw some promise, despite the numbers on the scoreboard.
“I felt like [the game] was promising,” continued Young. “We had a lot of guys who that was their first game in a couple of years and some first year players. We went through it as a team and we saw a lot of places to improve. What we saw [tells us] that success isn’t that far away.”
The Mavs will travel to Montezuma on Friday to face former Haviland Dragons football Head Coach Jeff Blattner and his South Gray Rebels.
The Rebels are rebooting this season after offensive heavies Colton Croft (2,352 rushing yards in 2011-2012) and Wyatt Slaven (1,568 rushing yards in 2011-2012) graduated last year.
The Rebels finished (11-1) last year behind stellar performances from Croft and Slaven.
While the Mavs don’t have to deal with Slaven or Croft on Friday, they will have to keep their eye on one of the Rebels’ returning big men.
Number 8 Colton Dirks is returning this season as their number one lineman (53 tackles, 82 assists in 2011-2012). The 6’1” 195 lbs. senior is expected to be the centerpiece of the offensive and defensive lines. Number 25 Jake Peters is also worth watching.
The Rebels faced Ingalls in their season opener last week, beating the Bulldogs (36-16) on the road.
“We don’t reinvent the wheel; we just get better at what we are doing,” said Young. “[On Friday] I’d like to see not nearly as many mistakes. We [need to] play a bit more consistently. “