Coming off a disappointing 4-7
season last year, Coach Bob Young and his Mingus Marauders are looking forward
to the 2005 season. "We have 25 returning players and they are very committed
group. We are loaded with leadership. I am very pleased with this group. We are
further along offensively than we were last spring" says Coach
After losing some key defensive
players on D line and at LB, Young feels they have new athletes that will be
good but need to be brought up to varsity speed. Tightening up the defense is
crucial, last year during a tough six game losing streak Mingus allowed 37
points a game.
main emphasis of the camp was 7on7 in preparation for the summer passing
leagues. The Marauders have a young receiving corps and coach Young is looking
for QB Jay
to open up the offense and get the ball to those receivers. Arthur was an 11
game starter last year and was always a threat when the ball was in his hands.
Arthur rushed for 900 yards and had almost as many passing yards.
Opposing teams will also have to look out for Ryan Hauser. Hauser split time at tail back last year but still rushed for over 500 yards. Ryan is a great all around athlete who placed third in both the pole vault and triple jump at the 4A state track meet.
Mingus in the new 4A II alignment will be in the very competitive region 2 as they play against Bradshaw Mountain, Cactus Shadows, Notre Dame, Sunnyslope and Washington as they attempt to make the play-offs next season.