Classification: Eight-Man Division-I
District: 6 (Kinsley, Kiowa County, Pratt-Skyline, South Central, St. John-Hudson)
League: Central Prairie League
Head coach: Chet Skinner
Assistant coach(es): Kyle Bright
Base offense: Spread/Pistol
Base defense: 4-4
Sergio Saavedra, RB/DB, Jr.; Diego Delgadillo, QB/DB, Soph.; Christian Acosta, WR/DB, Sr.; Taylor Rodriguez, OL/LB, Soph.; Chris Fowler, WR/DB, Fr.; Leonardo Holguin, OL/DL, Jr.; Alex Freeman, WR/DB, Fr.; Kreed Parr, WR/DB, Fr.; Chris McMullen, RB/DB, Fr.; Jesus Saavedra, RB/LB, Nate Brandyberry, WR/DB, Fr.; Sergio Ramirez, RB/LB, Soph.; Alonso Cobian, OL/LB, Sr.; Leroy Cross, OL/LB, Sr.; Lane Sebes, TE/DL, Jr.; Adalberto Miranda, OL/DL, Soph.; Clay Dobyns, TE/DL, Fr.; Jose Sandoval, OL/DL, Soph.; Clayton Cross, OL/DL, Fr.; Taylor Hanson, OL/DL, Fr.; Luis Saenz, RB/LB, Fr.; Nathaniel Miller, WR/DL, Jr.; Bryce Cooper, QB/DB, Soph.
Sept. 5 — OTIS-BISON
Sept. 12 — At Ness City
Sept. 19 — CENTRAL PLAINS
Sept. 26 — At Ellinwood
Oct. 3 — At Pratt-Skyline
Oct. 10 — KINSLEY
Oct. 17 — At St. John-Hudson
Oct. 24 — At South Central
Oct. 30 — KIOWA COUNTY
* — District games
All games at 7 p.m.
HOME GAMES IN ALL CAPS
There’s a new head coach for the Macksville High School football team.
With Jeff Kuckelman making the move to athletic director, he stepped down as the Mustangs’ head football coach.
Now begins the era of Chet Skinner.
Skinner inherits a young team.
“We’re looking good,” Skinner said. “I’d say we have high hopes. We have a young team with a large freshmen and sophomore class.”
Skinner said the transition has been painless.
“It’s been good,” Skinner said. “There have been some pretty good coaches in the past, and I’ve spoke with them. They’ve given me some good advice.”
Fans may see some new things from the Mustangs this year.
“We’re just trying to get into things,” Skinner said. “We’re trying new guys in new spots. We’re implementing a new offense.
“We’re going more spread. We want to get guys out and open to give them a chance to make plays happen.”
Skinner said the new offense also helps him get the most out of players.
“This way, we’re not just relying on what we already know,” Skinner said. “I want to see guys out there working their hardest every day.
“That’s what I wanted. New coach. New system. I want them working to get better.”
With a spread offense, all eyes will be on the quarterback.
Skinner said that he has a couple of options that he’s considering at the position.
“We’re trying a few guys at quarterback,” Skinner said. “Diego Delgadillo and Bryce Cooper. They can both move pretty well. They have history at quarterback in junior high. They’re both smart kids.”
Macksville opens the season against Otis-Bison, which struggled early last season before settling in.
Then things get tougher with a trip to Ness City and a home date against Central Plains.