Scott Stein has proven he can build a winning football program, no matter where he goes.From Central Cabarrus to East Meck to Olympic to his most recent 10-year stint at Sun Valley (72-52 record in 10 seasons), Stein has helped transform teams into consistent winners.While he wont have to make a huge jump at Myers Park, 15-11 in two years under former coach Greg Taylor, he promises that the Mustangs wont back down from anyone, including perennial state powers like Butler, Independence and Porter Ridge, which are all in same Southwestern 4A (SW4A) conference. The biggest thing I have brought to Myers Park is that we will not be intimidated by anyone, said Stein, who went 9-4 at Sun Valley last season. We are going to go out and play a physical style of football and try to take to our opponents. We feel like we can compete with everyone on our schedule and that is the attitude we will have every week.Myers Park athletic director, Rick Lewis, is excited about his new coach.The Myers Park football program is in good hands, Lewis said. We are excited to where this team and program goes under his staffs leadership.Stein has also opened the competition up at nearly every position as he begins putting his stamp on the program and his players.Steins spread offense will be a little different version, of a similar base attack at Myers Park the past couple seasons, with multiple three and four wide receiver sets, where the quarterback runs less than in the recent past.Who emerges as the starting quarterback this season is still in question as Stein says senior Alex OBrien and junior Clay Norris are battling for the spot.No matter who wins the job, they will have junior tailback Jaquavion Alexander to take some pressure off them as he looks to improve upon his 1,159-yard, 10-touchdown season last year as a sophomore.OBrien and Norris will have plenty of experienced options in the passing game as senior Josh Howie (31 catches) and juniors, Jontavius Hall (38 catches) and Tadarin McNeil, are all back after strong seasons last year. Senior Scotty McDaniel and classmate, tight end, Jake Wolf should also contribute.The Myers Park offensive line is led by senior center Triston Frye (6-foot, 1-inch, 260), who has the size and talent to play in college, according to Stein.The Mustang defense will start to form in preseason camp, with senior Matthias Lattimore looking good on the defensive front so far, while Eddie Davis, Donnie Harris are also competing for spots. The linebacking corps will also have a new look as top tacklers Chris Simpson and Jake Foery graduated, leaving senior Isaiah Heyward and other new players to battle for starting spots. Its hard to tell a lot about your lines (offensive/defensive) and front seven in helmets and shorts, Stein said. So, we will learn a lot more about our team in camp.The Mustang secondary has a strong leader in senior Deion Messiah at cornerback.Myers Park is in a tough spot in one of the class 4As most competitive conferences in the SW4A with Butler and Independence. Add in 4A state runner-up, Porter Ridge, and it wont be any easier.But Steins track record shows he can turn programs around and win. Its definitely another challenge here, Stein said. But its something Ive done before. We have good kids here and I feel comfortable. I wouldnt have come here if I didnt think we could win.
Friday, Jul. 26, 2013
Myers Park not afraid of tough Southwestern 4A football conference
Myers Park Coach: Scott Stein (first year at Myers Park) 2012 record: 6-6 overall, 4-3 SW4A conference Key players: • RB Jaquavion Alexander: Junior tailback will get the ball a lot after rushing for 1,159 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. • WR’s Josh Howie and Jontavius Hall: Howie (31 catches, 4 TDs), Hall (38 catches, 4 TDs) will get even more opportunities in Stein’s spread passing attack. • C Triston Frye: Mustangs’ senior • DL Matthias Lattimore: Senior has impressed, will look to disrupt offenses up the middle. Can’t miss games: Providence Sept. 12; at Butler Oct. 11; Independence Oct. 25.
2013 schedule • Aug. 23: vs. Olympic • Aug. 30: at Ardrey Kell • Sept. 12: vs. Providence • Sept. 20: vs. North Mecklenburg • Sept. 27: vs. Rocky River • Oct. 11: vs. Butler • Oct. 18: at Porter Ridge • Oct. 25: vs. Independence • Nov. 1: at Garinger • Nov. 8: vs. East Mecklenburg
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at email@example.com.
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