2016 FNF Preview: Benjamin Mustangs

The Benjamin Mustangs haven’t had a winning season since 2008, but the Mustangs are working their way back. Last year, Benjamin went 4-7, an improvement from 2014’s 2-6, and they battled their way to their first playoff berth in 7 years, and there’s plenty of reason to believe it’s only up from here.
This year’s team will feature three seniors in Justin Rainwater, Caleb Barrientez, and Lincoln Strickland…but lose head coach Jacob Navarro. The Mustangs bring on former assistant coach, James Jackson, to take on the head coaching duties, so his comfort and familiarity with the team will carry into the 2016 season.
“They were really attached to the former coach. And so being focused on who they can be, instead of living on the past living out of the past, and just moving forward, I think if they move forward and see who they can be, we’ll have great success,” says Jackson.
Other than the coaching shift, another big change for Mustangs is being viewed as a positive….depth on the roster. They didn’t lose anyone to graduation, and are bringing in seven freshman. Coach Jackson hopes the young talent will offset any injuries, which posed a problem at the end of last season.
The Mustangs are also featured in a new district this year, facing teams such as Jayton and Guthrie. The bottom line…the Mustangs are ready to pick up where they left off.

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