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Head Coach: Caleb Crooker, 13th year


Record at School: 60-63


Last Season: 4-6, beat Chilhowee in first round of districts, lost to Hardin-Central in second round


Top Players Returning: Daniel Blaylock, QB; Garren Powell, RB; Alex Brockman, RB


Top Players lost: Cortlen Austin, All-State QB-CB-P; Matt Locke; Brian Ware


Offense: “We’re going to do more double tight end, run the ball and then we’ll still have some spread in there,” Crooker said. “With the kids we have, we should be able to take advantage of the running backs we have and pound the ball in the middle.”


Defense: Multiple.


“We’re looking at some different fronts,” Crooker said. “With our size, I wouldn’t mind going to a 5-1-2 with our guys. We’re just going to have to see how some kids progress.”


Outlook:


The Mustangs lose All-State playmaker Cortlen Austin, but with Austin sidelined with a shoulder injury part of last season, Northwest already had his successor step in at quarterback, Daniel Blaylock. The 6-2, 225 pound sophomore is feeling more confident heading into his second season running the offense.


“I feel like I know more about it,” he said. “I can do some stuff and I’m not scared anymore.”


Like Blaylock, running backs Garren Powell and Alex Brockman come into this fall with experience.


“They played all last year,” Crooker said. “They learned a lot and they worked hard this summer in the weight room. I think they’ll do a good job this year.”


Though the players Crooker has back are skilled and experienced, there just aren’t many of them.


“We have a lot of talent in areas, we just need to get more kids out,” he said. “We’ve only got 11 kids. That makes it pretty tough. The kids who are here are working hard and doing the right things. We have a lot of potential with the kids we have right now.”


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