WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: East Lincoln Mustangs

Published Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

 

(all games at 7 p.m. unles otherwise noted)
Aug. 20 – at Hibriten
Aug. 28 –  Forestview at Cramer
Sept. 3 – Lincolnton, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17—at HICKORY
Sept. 24—STATESVILLE
Oct. 1—at W. IREDELL
Oct. 8 – FRED T. FOARD
Oct. 15—ST. STEPHENS
Oct. 22—N. IREDELL
Oct. 29—at N. LINCOLN

Conference: Western Foothills 3A

Head coach: David Lubowicz (25-19-0, 4 years; same at E. Lincoln)

LUBOWICZ

Assistant coaches: Ryan Goggio, DC; David Brehm, OL-JV head coach; Chris Matile, DL; Josh Robinson, LBs; Matt Gallagher, DBs; Jay Roseboro, DBs; Josh Thompson, RBs; Garrett Young, QBs; Matt Beam, WRs; Neil Lunceford, unspecified

Last season’s records: 5-2 overall; 4-2 South Fork 2A, tied W. Lincoln for second place

Last season’s results: Mountain Island Charter, W 28-27; at LINCOLNTON, W 41-0; N. LINCOLN, W 40-30; at BANDYS, W 24-20; MAIDEN, L 38-46; at W. LINCOLN, OL 21-27 OT; NEWTON-CONOVER, W 30-7

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2019, 2AA

Last state playoff victory: 2019, d. Canton Pisgah 13-10, first round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 24

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: 8, 2015 Southern District 7 2A

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 12

Returning lettermen: 15

OFFENSE

Set: Spread

Returning starters: 5

Leading returning rusher: Markell Clark, 5-7, 155, Jr. (22-151, no TDs)

Leading returning passer: Tyler Mizzell, 6-1, 165, Jr. (85-134-2, 1,173, 13 TDs)

Leading returning receiver: Clark (23-271, 3 TDs)

Other key returnees: D.J. Daniel, 6-0, 185, Sr., OL; Sidney Shuford, 6-0, 200, Sr., OL; OJ Howell-Johnson, 5-9, 160, WR, Sr.; Jaxon Sellers, 6-1 175, Sr., K

Top newcomers: Michael Dobler, 6-0, 180, Sr.; WR

DEFENSE

Set: 3-3

Returning starters: 7

Players to watch: Josh Gilbert, 6-5, 330, Jr., DL; Blake Bradford, 6-5, 230, Jr., DL; Alden Terrell, 6-0, 190, Jr., LB; Ben Cutter, 6-2, 210, Jr., LB; Landon Glenzen, 6-4, 175, Jr., DB; Jeremiah Jones, 6-1, 175, Sr., DB; OJ Howell-Johnson, 5-9, 160, Sr., DB; Terry Bryant, 6-1, 190, Jr., LB; Parker Davis, 6-3, 185, Jr., LB; Mason Simmons, 6-5, 210, Jr., DL; Hampton Good, 6-0, 180, Soph., LB

 

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