MUSTANG — Last spring was a whirlwind for Mustang football.
Jeremy Dombek was hired as the head coach on the day spring football practice opened, putting quite a time constraint on the transition process.
But things are a little more relaxed in Dombek’s second spring in Mustang.
“We know the system a lot more and know what to expect,” quarterback Chandler Garrett said. “It’s an easier process, an easier adjustment this year.”
Mustang saw its share of growing pains with the new system last year. But after a 3-3 start, the Broncos got on track to win three of their last four regular-season games before upsetting district champion Norman North in the first round of the playoffs.
Part of the turnaround was Garrett’s growth at quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior-to-be established himself as a talented young signal-caller, completing 70.0 percent of his passes for 1,683 yards and 13 touchdowns after being inserted into the lineup midway through the year.
At the same time, the defense gained more consistency, a trend the Broncos want to see continue through the spring.
“We feel real good with our coaches, having a whole year with them,” linebacker Cutter Smith said. “We were just learning the system last year, but we feel like we can really take some steps forward this year.
“Everybody knows their job, and we think this can be a really good year.”
And with a 7-5 record in the middle of last year’s transition, the bar is set even higher for the 2014 season.
“We just want to win a state championship,” Garrett said. “That’s all we’re focused on right now.”