Mustangs prepare for season

Dillon Darrow leads the herd as Mustangs football gets ready for the new season. Fans can see their boys in action Aug. 19 versus Bullhead City’s Mohave Thunderbirds. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

ROBERT L. HANCOCK/Contributed

UPDATE: The opening football scrimmage between the Mustangs and Bullhead City's Mohave High School has been rescheduled. The teams will now play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, on Needles' Branigan Field. - ed.

NEEDLES — A new start of the 2017-18 school year means a new start to the Needles High School Mustangs football team.

The Mustangs have five home games during the 2017 season on Branigan Field, located behind Needles High School along Washington Street. According to the Mustangs football schedule their five home games are: a scrimmage against Mohave High School Thunderbirds on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.; a non-conference game against Mohave Accelerated Learning Center’s Patriots on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.; and NIAA 2A South League games against Lake Mead Academy Eagles on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.; Lincoln County Lynx (homecoming) on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.; and the Laughlin High School Cougars on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

“We are working hard to get better everyday in practice so that we can have a successful season this year,” said Matt Fromelt, Mustangs head coach.

With the start of the new season brings on new challenges to the Mustangs as key players graduated last year.

“We have a next man up mentality. The players that graduated were very important to the team, however, we have players that will step up their game and fill those spots for us,” said Fromelt.

“This is a special year for me Since it’s my senior year, I’m going to give it my all to take the team to over the hump and win a state title for our school,” said Jayden Yeager, the Mustangs’ starting quarterback. “I just want to say to the community to come and support our team and we can’t wait to get the season started. It’s like Christmas.”

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