By Phil Anastasia
Last season: 3-7 (2-3 in WJFL National)
Coach: Pete Goetz (47-57 in 10 seasons)
Opener: at Pennsauken, Sept. 14 at noon
Player to watch: Isaiah Baylor (pictured, 6-0, 230). The senior LB/FB is a four-year starter who was an all-conference selection on defense as a sophomore and junior. He's drawn recruiting interest from programs such as Delaware, Villanova, Delaware State, Maine and New Hampshire.
Outlook: The Mustangs will be young but hope to surprise some teams in the WJFL National and contend for a S.J. 4 playoff spot. Baylor will switch to ILB this season after three seasons at DE. The move will allow him to cover more of the field and also will give college scouts the opportunity to see him in space and at the position he's likely to play at the next level. Baylor will join with junior Kevin Bucceroni to form a hard-hitting duo at ILB. Junior James Bartleson, a 6-3, 240-pound DE/TE is another D-1 prospect. Senior Nick Schepercarter (5-11, 240) will anchor the lines. The Mustangs will be young up front, and the development of the lines, especially the OL, will be a key to the season. Junior WR/S Brandon Pagan is another player to watch. The offense should get a boost from senior RB Faheem Boyd, a transfer from Paul VI who will be eligible immediately. With Baylor at FB and Boyd at RB, the Mustangs might play some power football hoping to control the clock and field position. Junior Jake McGlinchey, a strong-armed lefty, is set to take over at QB.
Schedule: After the opener, there's a treacherous four-game stretch that includes Cherokee, Shawnee, Kingsway and Williamstown. And there's a Thanksgiving Day game against school-district rival Timber Creek. That's tough duty for a young team.
Quote: "We're young but we're working hard," Baylor said. "There's no 'mes' on this team. Everybody puts the team first. I think we're going to be fine. I think we'll be ready."
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