Last year: 6-5
Coach: Anthony Lacsina, 4th year
League: Metro Mesa
Key players: Kyle Hawkins (QB-FS), Justin Doton (LB-FB), Jeremy Gula (LB), Rasheed Farha (DL), Angel Tegardine (DL-OL), Rolando Garza (OL-LB), Quentin Bell (WR), Malik Williams (RB-DB), Jevon Fields (TE-DL-FB), Jesus Soto (DB).
Scouting report: The Mustangs will get a chance to scout their opponents, as they elected to take an extra week at the start of the season and then play 10 straight games. They’ll need the extra time after losing 33 players to graduation. Hawkins was 121-of-195 for 2,215 yards and 17 TDs passing, and added 850 yards and seven TDs rushing. The 6-1, 190-pound senior is one of the best in the section, and Otay Ranch will lean heavily on his leadership. Bell is a quality receiver, and the running back position should be well-manned by junior Williams and senior Kyran Lee. The defense has size and quality up front, led by Farha, Tegardine and Fields. The linebacking crew is led by Doton, Gula and Garza, and newcomer Jensen Peterson can fly. Depth could be the major question for the Mustangs, who always seem to be in the mix by the end of the season. Opening at home on Sept. 6 against Mount Miguel will be a good test. A shootout of two of the section’s best QBs looms when Otay Ranch plays at Grossmont on Sept. 27.