"Before you start thinking about the fall, you have to find players," said North Shore Head Coach David Aymond. "And you find players in spring training."
The Mustangs will have 5 offensive and 5 defensive starters back next season. But the number that jumps out when you talk North Shore football is 70, as in 70 straight regular season wins. It's an incredible streak that will be tested early and often in the fall.
"Oh, it will be were exciting about that," said Aymond. "When I came back from realignment meetings and all those meetings we had in which we put together a new schedule, we realigned in a different district. Our kids are excited."
The Mustangs' pre-district schedule will get the blood pumping. They open with Katy, followed by games at Eisenhower and Cy Falls. They're home against La Marque and then the Mustangs travel to take on Southlake Carroll.
"It's competition," said Mustangs linebacker Daniel Salias. "They're good and we're good, so hopefully best team will come out. We're looking forward to it."
The Mustangs know the challenge that lies ahead. They're working now to keep the streak alive.
"Shows how hard we work each and every year, throughout the summer, fall, winter, everything," said Salias. "Just working hard, competing against each other."
"They're excited about what they represent, and the people that have gone before them. For our seniors, who are going to be seniors this fall, it's like the torch being passed and they want to live up to expectations," said Aymond.