Following a winless season in 2017, Creekview’s football team didn’t need any added motivation heading into its 2018 campaign.
But a district featuring three of the top-six ranked teams in the region give the Mustangs plenty nonetheless as Creekview looks to rebound from an injury-marred season.
Competition has been a theme of the camp early on, in particular on the offensive side of the ball where Creekview has plenty of holes to fill at the skill positions.
That starts under center, where there is a three-horse race for starting quarterback between senior Donovan Bakare and juniors Brett Esch and Thanh Nguyen.
The most heated competition comes at fullback, where juniors Fabion Moffitt, Isai Pena and Ian Tanner and senior Bradley Lockett are battling it out for a coveted spot in the wing-T offense.
Things are more settled at slot-back, meanwhile, where senior Ryan Zarate and junir Denoreon Beasley will lock down the flanks.
Ideally, head coach Jay Cline would like to see Creekview’s quarterback lead the team in carries with the fullback and slot-backs splitting the rest of the work.
Cline also anticipates an increase in passing this season after the Mustangs aired the ball out just 21 times in 2017.
Receivers expected to benefit from an increase in attempts through the air include senior Damari Haynes, who is “wowing” this fall, according to Cline.
While Creekview is breaking in new faces at the skill positions, things are more settled in the trenches with four starters returning. That hasn’t stopped the level of competition within the unit, however, with incumbents even being pushed for starting spots.
Defensively, Creekview is more seasoned, and is anchored by unquestioned leader and senior linebacker Luke McPherson.
Lockett is also a key contributor defensively at safety, while Cline believes junior Blaze Ramirez is primed for a standout season at linebacker.
Other key defensive pieces for the Mustangs include senior safety Ryan Farley, junior cornerback Aaron Cyrus, senior linebackers Camron Gray and Hayden Peck and senior cornerback Zion Lance.
|Aug. 31||Midlothian||Midlothian Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 7||Frisco Liberty||FISD Memorial Stadium||7 p.m.|
|*Sept. 14||Irving Nimitz||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||Grapevine||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 4||Colleyville Heritage||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||Birdville||Birdville ISD Fine Arts and Athletic Complex||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 18||Denton Ryan||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Denton||Denton ISD Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||R.L. Turner||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||Newman Smith||Standridge Stadium||7 p.m.|