Meridian Relying on Experience to Improve on One Win Season in 2016

DAYKIN – The numbers may not be large at Meridian High School, but the Mustangs have a lot of experience returning to this year’s football team.

In 2016, the Mustangs finished 1-7, but Head Coach Clint Jones has reason to believe they will be much improved in 2017.

“We’ve got a lot of kids coming back that have played for two or three years. Unfortunately, we’ve had to play a lot of freshmen or sophomores that maybe weren’t ready, just because of the numbers that we’ve had. So those guys have gotten good experience, and hopefully that transfers into some wins for us.”

One key addition for the Mustangs this season is Tybor Smith, a transfer from Diller-Odell. Smith had a successful sophomore season before tearing his ACL during his Junior year.

“Watching these guys, I’ve known them for my whole life. I’ve known them, I’ve grown up in this area. There’s very athletic kids around here. It’s just that they play a lot of great competition with a lot of older kids. With the young kids coming up that have experienced all that, with all of us working together, I think we could have a very solid year.”

Coach Jones believes that leadership will be a strength for them this year.

“We’ve had some kids that have played a lot of years just because of our numbers. They’ve started for maybe two, three and up to four years now, so that’s a good thing to have.”

Meridian will open on the road at Blue Hill.

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