Team Insider – Houston Christian Mustangs

Check out our Team Insiders on the Houston Christian Mustangs. TPI caught with coach Mike Johnston to see how the Mustangs plan to reload for 2007. TPI brings you the in-Depth coverage about this team that you won't find anywhere else. This content is exclusive for Insider Premium Members only.

Houston Christian will line up this season with 12 returning starters off of a team that went 8-5 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs in the TAPPS league. With the loss 19 letterman that includes top players like London Lomax and LaVance Kirkland, the Mustangs will have big shoes to fill.

Coach Mike Johnston named a few of his key returnees for the 2007 campaign. Defensively, Johnston said the "best overall athlete" is linebacker Chris Smith. Smith was All-District player from last year's squad recording 60 tackles.

Joining Smith at linebacker will be Skip Harpold. Last season Harpold was a All-District nose tackle. The Mustang coaches label him as an "Iron Man" because he is the strongest athlete in the program. In the secondary, the Mustangs are secure with two-year starter Blake Vaughn. 

On offense, look for some experience and a few new faces. Quarterback Ryan Davis, who will be one of the team captains, is back for his senior year after throwing for more than 700 yards and seven touchdown passes last year. 

Top lineman Matt Hesterberg will lead Davis' protection crew. Hesterberg, who weighs in at about 225-pounds, ran a 4.9 40 at the UTEP mini camp recently. Tight end Ray Moorehead and wide receiver Daniel Harvey will likely be the team's playmakers. 

Johnston mentioned a new move-in who will probably be the new Houston Christian running back. Athlete Chris Lewis, a former Cy Springs defensive back who runs a 4.5 40, may be the new Mustang workhorse. 

Overall, the Houston Christian football team will rally top players like Smith and Moorehead. This, along with the expertise of Johnston, should bring another winning season in 2007.

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