If the McNeil Mavericks are going to make a playoff run this season, it will probably be thanks to a strong defense.
Defensive end Tillman Johnson is committed to Texas State and on the other side Zach Vaughan is committed to Houston. The Mavericks also return quarterback Colton Russell and running back Donnie Holmes, but they'll count on the defense.
"I think our defense is going to have to carry us a little bit this year," head coach Lee Penland said. "They're the guys that are returning and came back."
Penland's team finished last season 2-8, missing out on the playoffs. The Mavericks will begin the new season against Vandegrift.