It’s now the middle of August and that means football season is right around the corner. The Kingwood High School Mustangs began fall practice on Monday, Aug. 12, in preparation for the upcoming 2019 season.
A playoff team last season, the Mustangs return a young squad from the 7-4 campaign (6-2 in District 22-6A) a year ago. Only four starters on offense are back from that team and even fewer on defense. The Mustangs welcome back just three starters on defense from the 2018 group.
Quarterback Grant Wall will once again call the signals for Kingwood. Wide receiver/linebacker Parker Hemphill also returns along with linebacker Brandon Lewis. Punter Kaden Wooster will be another key veteran for head coach Barry Campbell, who is looking to replace 47 lettermen from last year’s team.
Wooster was recently named to the 2019 MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-American Team after a stellar sophomore season in which he averaged nearly 45 yards per punt while nailing almost 40% of his punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
The Mustangs are predicted to finish fourth in District 22-6A play this season by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. Defending district champions Atascocita, with 17 returning starters back, is predicted to be once again be the team to beat.
Kingwood opens the 2019 season on Thursday, Aug. 29, with Ridge Point at Turner Stadium. The district season begins on Friday, Sept. 13, with Atascocita at Turner Stadium with the Mustangs designated as the visiting team.
The Mustangs play a total of seven games at Turner Stadium, including home games on Sept. 27 vs. South Houston, Oct. 12 vs. Dobie, Oct. 18 vs. Summer Creek, Oct. 24 vs. Pasadena, and Nov. 1 vs. Humble.