The Fellowship Academy football team enters the new season hoping to improve on a 2015 season that saw the Mustangs win just three games (3-7, 2-4). The Mustangs started 1-7 last year before winning their last two games and taking Lubbock Christian to overtime after a brutal start to the season. Hoping to ride that momentum into the new season, Fellowship returns 15 starters from a team on a 2-game winning streak.
The offensive line for the Mustangs will be strong and physical and led by senior Noah Weiland (6’0″, 280) and junior Blake Massey (6’3″, 260). The upperclassmen duo should be able to open running lanes for senior Justin Lewis (5’10”, 200). The senior running back is explosive out of the backfield and missed eight games last season with a broken collar bone.
Two voids the Mustangs have to fill are quarterback and receiver. Gone is Marco Campos to graduation and replacing him will be senior Alex McNeil (5’11”, 180). Also lost to graduation is the TAPPS leading receiver, Frank Gonzalez (1171 yards). If Fellowship is to have any offensive success, they will have to replace the production at these positions.
Lewis returns at linebacker along with Zane McLaughlin to give the Mustangs a solid presence in the middle defensively. Up front, Weiland will start at nose tackle.
The Mustangs are led by head coach Justin Tate and open the season on the road at Garland Christian. Fellowship opens district play on October 7 versus Colleyville Convenant.