Mounds View laying it on the line

The 2015 football season at Mounds View High School wasn’t all that successful compared to recent years but the Mustangs were in every game and had late chances in at least three of the losses. Mounds View head coach Jim Galvin sees a similar season on the horizon in 2016 but is hopeful that his squad pulls out more of those late victories.

Mounds View went 4-4 in the regular season last year and three of those losses were by eight points or less.

“We’re hoping to mimic what we did last year,” said Galvin, who is in his 16th season at Mounds View. “We want to keep games close to give us a chance to win.”

Mounds View’s offense will once again be a work in progress. The offensive line is almost completely new with the exception of senior Cam LeMay (5-foot-9, 225 pounds), who started last year.

Also returning is senior quarterback Ryan Nickel, who threw for 497 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.

New faces in the offensive lineup include senior running backs Jack Graham (5-7, 160) and Erik Holloman (5-9, 165). Neither is particularly big but Galvin expects them to run hard.

Max Janes (6-3, 210) is a junior tight end and Xavier Myles (5-8, 180) is a senior fullback and both are set to step into starting roles. 

Senior Johnny Tereault (5-11, 240) is one of the new players stepping in to fill out the offensive line.

The line is the important link to any offensive success the Mustangs enjoy this year.

“The key is how our offensive line comes together with all new guys,” said Galvin.

The defense is a bit more experienced with four returning starters. Senior safety Pete Goldsmith (6-1, 185) is back after coming up with 41 solo tackles last year.

Ross Indlecoffer and Brian Stone are returning senior linebackers whose numbers included 26 solo tackles and seven tackles for a loss and 13 solo tackles and three tackles for a loss, respectively.

The defensive line is anchored by senior nose guard Ryan Murphy (6-1, 275), who Galvin said can take up some blocks and allow the linebackers to make some plays.

New defensive starters include senior defensive end Justin Geisen (6-2, 210) and senior safety Yaquub Mohamed (6-0, 185).

 The Mustangs open the season on Friday with a trip to Farmington. Mounds View beat the Tigers 28-7 in last year’s season opener and started the season with four wins in its first five games.

Mounds View’s home opener is Sept. 9 when 2015 state runner-up East Ridge visits Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs also get Roseville, White Bear Lake and Woodbury at home this season and their other road games are at Forest Lake, Stillwater and Cretin-Derham Hall

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

2016 Mounds View High School football schedule 

Sept. 2 at Farmington 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. East Ridge 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Forest Lake 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Roseville 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. White Bear Lake 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Stillwater 7 p.m.

 

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