Mingus Union football ‘pushing hard’ | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Mingus Union football ‘pushing hard’ | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

After a week in San Diego, Mingus Union football returned to town and began official practices.

The Marauders started official practices on Monday.

“We’re working on it, we’re struggling a little bit with the heat because we’re used to being in San Diego for week (laughs) and then we put helmets and shoulder pads on but they’re slowly but surely,” said Mingus head coach Bob Young.

The Marauders went to a football camp in San Diego, wearing helmets. This week back in Cottonwood they added shoulder pads.

“They’ve been pretty good, we’re pushing hard,” said Mingus Union junior quarterback Antoine Zabala about the first official practices. “We came out really strong to begin with and the coaches had high expectations and I think we’re exceeding them every day.”

Mingus Union opens the season on August 25 at Higley.

Young said the Marauders are ahead of schedule.

“Actually we’re ahead, we’re about a week ahead of where we should be right now,” Young said. “So we’re just plugging away and trying to put a little more in each day.”

Young said the trip to San Diego was “excellent” and that it was a good week. The trip is usually to Los Angeles.

“It was amazing, we came together as a team,” Zabala said. “Since I’ve been a freshman in this program, and I didn’t get to go my sophomore year but this has been the best year, by far. We came together as a team, the coaches are putting in a new offense, we’re really exceeding expectations and the coaches are really proud of us.”

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