By Angela Higginbotham

The Mandarin High School Mustangs recently brought home their first 8A State Championship trophy in history — an exciting end to their 11 – 4 season. The Mustangs won the title by defeating Columbus of Miami in a nail biting 37 – 35 final score. The team’s head coach, Bobby Ramsay, has now been with Mandarin High School for two seasons.

Looking into the future of Mustang football, focus will be on training well from January to April, while becoming stronger and more mature as a whole.

“We are not focused on a repeat and we are not going to put that pressure on ourselves,” said Mandarin High School Athletic Director Brian Rado. “Right now we are starting back at the bottom and our focus needs to be on building our team, developing chemistry and improving our special teams and our running game.”

Rado credits Coach Ramsey for knowing exactly what to do to have the athletes and staff fully prepared for the caliber of teams that they faced throughout the season.

“He put a huge emphasis on off-season conditioning. He increased the time devoted in the weight room and our young men were a much stronger and more physical team because of it,” Rado said. “I also firmly believe the character of these young men was a big factor in their success.”


Photo courtesy Mandarin High School

The MHS Mustangs are 8A State Champions!

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