Post spring report: Lamar Consolidated

Providing our fans with the best high school and recruiting news is the aim of the TexasPrepInsider organization. Today, we bring you a brief spring report for the District 23-4A team Lamar Consolidated. We caught with coach Lydell Wilson for an update.

Talk about taking things as they come. 

For the Lamar Consolidated football program, like many others, the swine flu scare interrupted, postponed, and threw a wrench in many plans that were set months ago.

But for coach Lydell Wilson and the Mustang coaching staff, what could be viewed as a negative, was flipped to a positive that will ultimately help them for next season.

"With the swine flu pushing everything back and the regional track meet, we got the chance to see a lot of our younger kids play," Wilson said. "What we did was probably created more depth than anything else."

By the numbers, the Mustangs did not have a bad season in 2008. In fact coming back to defend the state crown from 2007, it seemed as though there was plenty left in the cupboard. They finished the year with a 6–3 record.

But last year ended much faster than they were intending it to.

"Last season we ended with a first-round playoff loss to Friendswood, which was disappointing to us because we felt if we won that game then we would have played 4-5 rounds deep as Friendswood did," Wilson said. "Building from this year, we are just trying to understand our limitations and work on those during the summer time. But we still fell we have the capabilities of making a deep run in the playoffs."

The confidence level remains high, but for Wilson and the Mustangs, there is still work to do. The Mustangs return 11 starters (6 OFF, 5 DEF). As for the players, Wilson looks for the guys to keep the same level of work ethic from the spring to carry over to the fall.

For the coaches, there may still be a few questions marks. But at some spots, things are on the up and up.

"The offensive and defensive line will probably be one of the better lines we have had in my seven years here. Another thing we realized this offseason was how deep we will be at receiver," Wilson said. "We found out we have7-8 guys who can make plays. But the biggest void we needed to fill was our quarterback position and we still have not found anyone to take that spot yet. We have 2-3 guys who are battling for it."

With all of that in place, Wilson does feel that this team is destined to continue the tradition set by the organization years ago.

"When a program makes it to the playoffs year after year, it develops a mental attitude of expectations," Wilson said. "These kids want to win and knowing that every time we step on the football field we want to and expect to win. 

"Anything less than that is disappointing."


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