Dropping down to Class 5A, the Coronado Mustangs are pumped up for the season.
QB Quay Gray is back and Coach Seth Parr says they need even more from him this season.
"He threw for 2,000 yards last season. In this offense you probably need to throw for 3,000 or 3,500. We gave the ball to the running back quite a bit last year to help him. I don't know if we were ready to protect him quite yet in the offensive line. This year, we're going to be more aggressive and go downfield and he's just got to pull the trigger."
In District 4 of Class 5A, the Mustangs look to end a long absence from the playoffs.
"I think we hadn't been there in 9 years. We have the longest drought in the city. We're trying to get to a playoff team. We got to take another step."
Coronado has a chance to be special if everyone on the team buys in.
"I'm gonna be honest, we got an Arnold Palmer drink right here. We got half lemonade, half ice tea. We got some guys that are really bought in and ready to go and we have a group of kids who haven't had success. They need some encouragement and something to go right for them. I wish I could give it to them, but unfortunately, they have to earn that on the field."
Coronado opens the season Thursday night hosting Plainview at 7 p.m. at Plains Capital Park.
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