Quick turnarounds are nothing new for Mesquite ISD programs, with each of the five having enjoyed the phenomena over the years.
The latest example was across the way at Mesquite, where the Skeeters rebounded from a 1-9 campaign in 2017 to make the playoffs last season.
That is the focus of the North Mesquite program as they completed their official offseason workouts with their Spring Game on May 23 at Frasier Middle School.
The Stallions got off to a good start in their first season under head coach Tim Seder, winning three of their first four games, including the 11-6A opener against Tyler Lee, but ended at 3-6 as the rigors of district play took over.
The goal will once again be to build momentum at the start, but to see it carry over further into October and November.
North Mesquite will have experience on offense with the return of seven starters.
That group is led by quarterback Kamaury Thompson. The senior, who is committed to the Naval Academy, is a good around-athlete who also plays defensive back. A year ago, he threw for 597 yards and six touchdowns while adding 328 yards and three scores on the ground.
Junior Marcus Yow showed a penchant for making big plays on the outside in limited chances, with seven catches for 167 yards and four touchdowns and senior Torrion Smith could be another two-way player who contributes in the passing game.
The offensive line should also be in good shape with the return of senior all-district honoree Lamarcyea Campbell, senior Roman Reyna and junior Terrence Hobbs.
The defense is not as proven with just four returning starters, but there are some playmakers to lean on.
Linemen Jalen Delance and Davion Carter each earned all-district recognition last season, as did safety Samuel Inyang, another potential candidate to contribute on offense, but who will also anchor the secondary along with Smith.
North Mesquite has had a string of active linebackers in recent years and senior Jordan Colston has the tools to carry on that tradition.
Among the other players to watch for the Stallions are newcomers Liam Thornton, Tommy Doan, Tim Cobb and Dominique Miles.