ANDERSON, Mo. - This week is the first week of football practice for the McDonald County High School Mustangs.
McDonald County finished last season with a 3-7 overall record. They don't have a lot of experience back from last year, returning just four starters on offense and three on defense.
They do have some stability at head coach now, however.
Kellen Hoover is entering his third season as the leader of the McDonald County High School football program. Hoover is 8-12 overall in his first two years.
To put that in perspective, the Mustangs were 3-37 combined in the four years before Hoover took over the program in 2017.
"We've just been building a little bit of enthusiasm throughout the last couple years and the offseason of this year, and we're just trying to build some of that enthusiasm down through our middle school and youth programs," coach Hoover says, "It's just that culture, making sure that it's in a place that can be sustained. Not just this year. You know if we have a great year this year that's great, but we want to more than anything build great young men, and part of that is your culture."
McDonald County will open up the season on August 30th at home against Marshfield.
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