Munday Moguls have big holes to fill in 2017
Evan Ren, Abilene Reporter-Newshttp://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 502719001/
For 12 straight seasons, Munday football coach Patrick Corcoran has had to play the numbers game and few have done it better.
Coaching at the Class 2A level with a smaller enrollment than most of his opponents, Corcoran has reached three state championship games with the Moguls, winning state titles in 2007 and 2012.
He’s about to face another challenge.
Entering the 2017 campaign with just six offensive and five defensive starters back from last year’s 12-2 team, Corcoran must rebuild his secondary and his linebacking corps while trying to develop a new quarterback.
Starting QB Trevaul Mitchell has moved and most of the team’s remaining offensive skill has graduated. Last year’s junior varsity team was extremely young, going 1-8, so most of Corcoran’s answers will need to be found among 14 returning varsity lettermen.
“Someone has to step in and pull the strings,” said Corcoran of his suddenly vacant quarterback position. “We may have a few options there. It could be Trever Swearingen (RB, Sr.), Alex Thorn (RB, Sr.) or Omar Nunez (QB, Sr.).
“It will probably be one of those three.”
Whoever takes over behind center will have very few experienced options to either throw or hand the ball to.
Thorn is the leading returning receiver, with 21 catches a year ago for 446 yards. Mitchell was to be the leading returning rusher (900 yards) and passer (1,393 yards, 18 TDs), but has since moved to Stamford.
On the plus side, the Moguls will have experience on both the offensive and defensive lines — possible early compensation while Munday’s offensive skill people, linebackers and secondary develop.
“We should be able to do what we like to do,” Corcoran said. “Fortunately, we think our offensive line will be a strength and that will help those (skill) guys be a little more comfortable.
“There won’t be as much pressure on them to have to make plays.”
The schedule offers a quick baptism by fire with a difficult season opener at Hawley, followed by a home date against a much improved Stamford club.
District play will open with Archer City at home on Oct. 13.
HEAD COACH: Patrick Corcoran (111-39; all at Munday)
LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 12-2; 5-0 in District 7-2A Div. II
LAST DISTRICT TITLE/PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2016/2016
RETURNING LETTERMEN: 15
RETURNING OFF./DEF. STARTERS: 7/5
BASE OFFENSE: Spread
BASE DEFENSE: 4-2-5
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Alex Thorn, RB/DB, 5-9, 140, Sr.; Brady Weaver, WR/DB, 6-0, 160, Sr.; Kade Sanders, TE/DL, 6-2, 185, Sr.; Kaven Lumsden, OL, 5-10, 210, Jr.; Edgar Araujo, 5-8, 170, Jr; Seth Salazar, OL, 6-1, 190, Jr.; Willie Dockins, DL, 6-1, 200, Sr.