The Kingwood Mustangs enter the 2017 football season with some question marks but also a handful of very talented and experienced returning players.
Finding replacements for quarterback Dawson Trudell and top running back Eric Hammersmith are among the priorities for head coach Barry Campbell, entering his sixth season at the helm.
That will be key in Kingwood’s quest for a third consecutive playoff appearance. The Mustangs have earned postseason bids in three of the last four seasons, and nine of the last 11.
The Mustangs return eight starters on defense from a 6-6 season (4-3 in district). Led by a trio of seniors beginning with defensive end Matt Bailey, who just last week received his first scholarship offer from Culver-Stockton College, Kingwood will also rely heavily on the talents of safety Matt Slayton and linebacker Aaron Finch.
Six starters return on offense, led by senior lineman Chris Elam, who has verbally committed to the University of New Mexico.
The Mustangs will host Tomball Memorial in a 7 p.m. scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 25 in preparation for the 2017 season opener. The Mustangs raise the curtain on the new season with a 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 match at Ridge Point in Hall Stadium.
Kingwood kicks off its 2017 home schedule at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, hosting Fort Bend Austin at Turner Stadium. It is also Senior Night.
The District 21-6A schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 29, when the Mustangs host Atascocita in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Turner Stadium.
The Mustangs’ home schedule also includes a Thursday, Oct. 9 encounter with defending district champions North Shore and a Friday, Nov. 3 Homecoming match up with Baytown Sterling. Kingwood also plays the visitor in a Friday, Oct. 27 game with Summer Creek. All of those games will be played at Turner Stadium and are slated to kick off at 7 p.m.
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