The Kingwood Mustangs ended a disappointing season a few weeks ago with a crushing defeat at the hands of The Woodlands. Kingwood lost the game 35-27, a win would have sent the Mustangs to the post season. KHS finished 2-4 in District 16-6A , 3-7 overall. The Mustangs have some work to do if they want to have a shot at the next year’s playoffs.
Kingwood starting QB Owen Baker was injured in the team’s 28-0 preseason win against Clear Creek and returned only to play in the last few games, but did not start. Senior Randall Graves struggled early on in the season as Baker’s backup and a shoulder injury proved hard on QB Dawson Trudell. Out of the 10 teams Kingwood faced, 8 of them made the playoffs (only Summer Creek and Conroe did not). Kingwood will have some key offensive play makers coming back next season, ESPN Top 300 ranked RB Sewo Olonilua, 2 year starting RB Griffin Lay, and versatile, power RB Damon Young. They will also be returning Luke Vaughters, Alec Cruseturner, and Colton Moore (TE) on the offensive line, these big guys will be crucial to Kingwood’s power run offense bringing size and strength up front. Sophomore QB Dawson Trudell showed signs of improvement as the year progressed and is the clear favorite to start next year.
Kingwood had a hard time on the defensive side of the ball, giving up a little over 30 points per game. This defense will have a lot of experience next year as they return some key players. MLB Spencer Goodman, OLB Conner Gregerson, and CB Josh Slayton all had great seasons and will be returning letterman next year. One strength the Mustangs Defense had this year was the Front 7, being 1 of the only 2 teams to hold power-house Katy to under 35 points.
The Mustang JV teams finished with records of 7-3 (Blue Team) and 7-2 (White Team), these records prove to be crucial in the development of players as this years White Team had a record of 2-8 as Freshman. The punishing schedule will be a big obstacle next year, Kingwood needs to focus on developing Sophomore QB Dawson Trudell and fixing problems on the defensive side of the ball. If Coach Campbell and his staff address these problems in the offseason, the Mustangs will be a serious contender in District 16-6A next year.
Written by: Gabe Henderson