HUNTINGDON – Not many football programs on this end of the state have enjoyed success over the past three years like the one at Huntingdon High has.
After 11 wins in 2011 and 12 in 2012 with a BlueCross Bowl appearance, last year’s eight-win season with a District 13-A championship almost seemed like a step back for the program.
“We’re proud of what we accomplished, but we missed some opportunities in the playoff game against Mitchell,” said Huntingdon head coach Eric Swenson. “We felt like we were better than a second round team last year.”
Scoring points on Huntingdon could be difficult this year as eight starters are back for the Mustangs, and there are a lot of guys who played on the line back as well.
“We should be good up front, particularly on the offensive line,” Swenson said. “We’re young, but we’ve got a lot of people back and have some depth there, too.”
One big area of concern for the defense is at linebacker. Mr. Football finalist Tyler Bush is gone so is another linebacker, Glynn Hilliard.
“Once we get our linebacker situation figured out, we should be strong there,” Swenson said.
One concern early on is the offensive skill positions. The plan for Huntingdon was for returning back Jake Sisk, who spent time at quarterback and tailback last year, to get the majority of the carries this year. That plan was put on hold for a little while when Sisk suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in the spring. Fortunately for Sisk and the Mustangs, he’s projected to be back about halfway through the regular season.
“We’ve got guys there who can carry the ball, but we’ll be developing experience there too as the season goes along,” Swenson said.
Huntingdon opens the season Aug. 22 against Obion County at home.
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• 2013 record: 8-3
• The Mustangs have had a Mr. Football finalist each of the past three seasons: Tyler Warbritton (2011), Jacob Warbritton (2012) and Tyler Bush (2013).
• A young offensive line was a concern for the Mustangs going into the 2013 season. The line is still young, but they are more experienced with plenty of depth.