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Spring football report: West Mesquite faces multiple questions, concerns in passing game
Team: West Mesquite
How the 2010 season ended: After finishing in a three-way tie for first place in District 15-4A, West Mesquite lost in the third round of the playoffs to Wylie. West Mesquite had defeated Wylie earlier in the season. The third round was the farthest West Mesquite had advanced since 2007.
Key returning starters: West Mesquite has three starters returning on offense and six starters returning on defense. Two of the offensive starters will help anchor the offensive line, including Ladarian James. Running back Courtland Smith is back. He rushed for 834 yards last season and is expected to carry the load more this year. On defense, junior-to-be linebacker Kameron Miles, junior-to-be linebacker Nick Akins, senior-to-be defensive lineman Markeith Thomas and senior-to-be linebacker Alex Reason are those West Mesquite will lean on for experience.
Biggest questions facing team: Who will replace the offense provided by quarterback Trevone Boykin? For the last three years, Boykin was the mainstay of West Mesquite’s offense. Last year, as he truly became a passing threat, he was particularly valuable, rushing for 1,799 yards and passing for 2,930. Coach Mike Overton said Desmon Jackson, the JV starter of last year, had played the best in the spring so far and that he tentatively seems to be the starter. “It’s a big change for us,” Overton said.
Who will fill out the offensive and defensive lines? Three starters do return on the offensive and defensive lines combined, but the rest of the spots should be free for whoever can win them. West Mesquite has never had the biggest linemen, but they have been dependable. Overton said as many as two sophomores starting on the offensive line. They will need to mature quickly.
Notables: With the loss of Fred Ngwu, Gary Owens and Greg Thurmond, West Mesquite is losing perhaps the best trio of wide receivers in the area from last year. The new quarterback will have to get used to new wide receivers as well. … Overton said this spring that he and his staff have had to emphasize the fundamentals and execution because of the youth of the roster.
He said it: “I would say this spring practice is the most important year besides the first year that I got here.” – Overton
Spring game: 7 p.m. May 23 at Memorial
Season opener: August 25 at Rockwall-Heath
2011 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE:
Aug. 25 at Rockwall-Heath
Sept. 2 at Wylie
Sept. 9 vs Corsicana
Sept. 23 at Lancaster
Sept. 30 vs Ennis
Oct. 7 at Mesquite Poteet
Oct. 13 vs Waxahachie
Oct. 21 at Terrell
Oct. 28 vs Red Oak
Nov. 4 at Forney