Three-way scrimmage Thursday at Minarets

The Minarets Mustangs held their annual Purple-Gold varsity and JV inter-squad scrimmage in North Fork last week.

Varsity Coach Bob Kelly was encouraged as the Mustangs worked on plays before tonight’s (Thursday) scrimmages with Yosemite and Mariposa at Minarets.

“Senior running backs Mason Ellis and Holden Cordle looked like we hoped they would,” Kelly said.“Fellow seniors Sam Smith and Christian Low also looked like they are rounding into shape. Juniors Geno Hess and Austin Niblet got a lot of work on the line and seem to be progressing well. Our quarterback Luke Pritchett took good care of the ball.”

New JV coach Jackson Lakatani was pleased with his young squad as they moved the ball well. Freshman quarterback Arron Hall looked poised in the pocket and the Mustang defense made several good plays.

Tonight’s scrimmage (Thursday) is at 5:30 p.m. for both the JV and varsity squads.

The Mariposa Grizzles were 8-4 last season, 6-1 in Southern League standings. They ended their season with a 28-21 loss to Colfax in the C.I.F. semi-finals. Coach Ryan Oliphant enjoyed a 56 man roster last season, flush with talented seniors (13) including running back Kama’re Baily, who ran wild at last years scrimmage on both the Mustangs and the Badgers. The Grizzles have returning senior quarterback Jeremy Boyer.

The Badgers have first year head coach JD Burnett at the helm. The Badgers struggled last season going 0-10, but Burnett is excited for the future. Junior Tristen Eames will lead the Badgers this year, pushed into service as a sophomore, Eames did an admirable job under center and showed growth as the season progressed.

The Mustangs were 2-8 last year, Kelly’s second year as head coach. Defense was the achilles heel for the Mustangs last year as they surrender an averaged of 40 points a game, while scoring an average of 12 points per game.