2013 H.S. Football Preview: Lakewood Ranch Mustangs

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MANATEE COUNTY - The Lakewood Ranch Mustangs have a multi-faceted athlete playing for them in Wyatt McLeod. But they also suffered a huge loss as they prepare for the 2013 football season.

There is an old Bugs Bunny baseball skit in which Bugs plays every position. The Mustangs have their own all-encompassing player in McLeod, who plays tight end, wildcat QB, and 4 other positions. "We have a little bit of running plays for me. A little bit of passing plays for me, but for the most part I play tight end."

Unfortunately McLeod can't play all of those positions at once, and now the Mustangs have to make up for the loss of standout running back Chris Pearcy, who was lost for the season with an injury.

McLeod and Fisher will help fill that hole. “He is a decent sized kid. He is young. He is a sophomore and he still has a lot of learning to do. He is still trying to learn our system. Not being here in spring really hurt him," says head coach Shawn Trent.

They were 5-5 last season, and they will need some players to come through this year to better that record. "We're a little on the young side, but we have a bunch of people stepping up and I think we are going to get it done," says McLeod.

"I think there is going to be a lot of balance in the district where anyone can beat anybody else on any given night. So, I don't think you have to go undefeated to win the district and it might come down to one of those crazy playoff deals at the end of the season," says Coach Trent.

The Mustangs open their season Friday, August 30th at home against Southeast.