The Mora Mustangs football team swept the 2018 regular season with an undefeated 8-0 record, taking first place in the Northeast Blue District. In postseason play they defeated Minneapolis Henry and Spectrum to advance to the Section 5 AAA championship, where they were defeated by Annandale.
Here’s what head coach Troy Erickson had to say about the 2019 season:
What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: With the start of a new two-year scheduling cycle we’ll be playing a couple of new teams during the regular season: North Branch in place of Grand Rapids, and Mesabi East in place of Warroad. Foley was added to Section 5 AAA for the playoffs this year.
What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A:The 2019 Mustangs will work hard to retain the Northeast Blue District Championship against the same schools as last year. This year’s team will also strive to regain the Section 5 AAA Championship, with the challenge of adding Foley’s strong program to an already tough section.
How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
A: The coaching staff prepares for each season by investing time in the offseason to improve schemes and techniques, and evaluate players for the next season. This offseason a lot of time and effort went into our speed and strength program, and we’re excited to watch the players perform after all their efforts in improving over the winter, spring and summer.
Q: What makes a player a good team captain?
A: I believe that what makes a player a good captain is their willingness to be a servant leader, unselfishly placing the team and the other players first.
How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the football field?
A:Participation in athletics, especially football, has a great positive effect on players outside of the playing field. The intangible benefits of playing a team sport is something the players will carry with them throughout their lives. Some of the intangible benefits associated with football are discipline, hard work ethic, learning to be a team player and dedication or commitment to oneself and one’s team.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the season?
A:The 2019 Mustangs have been working hard to improve daily, and having fun as they do it. They’ll be a joy to watch this year. Come out and watch this group of Mora Mustangs perform as they’re ready to go.
The Mustangs open the new season at home on Thursday, Aug. 29 as they host North Branch.