Mantachie High School Mustangs

MANTACHIE, Miss. (WCBI) – Building off success is priority one going into 2014 for the Mantachie Mustangs.

For the first time in school history, Mantachie hosted an opening round playoff game and for just the second time ever the football team won nine games. New head coach T.J. Seago hopes last season is just the beginning for ‘The Tach’.

Aug 22 Ethel home
Aug 29 Belmont home
Sept 5 S Pontotoc home
Sept 12 Mooreville away
Sept 19 Alcorn Central home
Sept 26 Nettleton away
Oct 3 Baldwyn* home
Oct 10 New Site* away
Oct 17 Hatley* away
Oct 24 E Union* home
Oct 31 Walnut* away
*District games

“The kids are excited and we have a lot of guys coming back,” said coach Seago. “We have a young group of guys that are capable of doing that (9 wins, playoff run) again. Building on that and taking the next step is the goal. We want to go another round and win the division this year.”

Those lofty goals aren’t outside the realm of possibility either, but the Mustangs will have to replace their senior quarterback Dustin Carrell plus his top five receivers from a year ago.

Although much was lost from 2013, Mantachie returns a strong nucleus in the trenches that can lead them to big things this upcoming season.

“We have four guys coming back on our offensive line and they’ve all played,” coach Seago said. “We’re going to hang our hat on the run game this year.”

While the Mustangs may be starting over with a new head coach and a new mindset on offense, it’s still the same team that was driven by coach Lynn Moore to one of their best runs in school history. Having the opportunity to taste that success may drive ‘The Tach’ to new heights in 2014.

“I think the confidence factor alone has improved,” Seago said. “When we first got here, there was zero confidence. Now that we’ve had a couple winning seasons and playoff runs, they believe they are supposed to win on Friday night. That alone will help out.”

The air attack will be modified to a ground attack in 2014 at Mantachie. But that’s what Mustangs do: they run for days, and Mantachie hopes to do that when the new season rolls around.

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