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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

2018 Malta Mustangs Football

Young team looks to make noise in playoffs

 

August 29, 2018

Pierre Bibbs

The 2018 Malta Mustangs Football Team: (In no particular order, according to roster): #2 Kevin Henry, #3 Rhett Simanton, #6 Kooper Oxarart, #7 Cormac Benn, #8 Shawn Gilkerson, #10 Kolter Schipman, #12 Connor Tuss, #14 Darrow Messerly, #20 Keigo Kawai, #21 Kanyon Stiles, #22 Callan Mears, #23 Cash Salsbery, #24 Cordel Salsbery, #30 Daniel Hsieh, #32 Rex Williamson, #35 RC Skiff, #40 Zachary Welch, #41 Ty Murphy, #42 Tanner Smith, #44 Andres Lopez, #46 Kyle Johannesen, #50 Dylan Brown, #52 Pierce Mortenson, #53 Zac Judd, #55 Payton Clausen, #57 David Pitman, #60 Marcus Knudsen, #61 Kaden LaBrie, #62 Parker Mortenson, #63 Peyton Jones, #64 Ashton Weston, #65 Marcus Woods, #66 Bobby Dolphay, #67 Eion Estil, #70 Dayton Hicks, #71 Dwight Werk, #72 Beau Simonson, #73 Connor Clausen, #74 Jaden Keeling, #75 Miles Bunk, #77 Franky Werk, #80 Jeremiah Benson, #81 Shane Soul, #82 Randy Gairrett, #85 Colt French, #87 Blake Chambers. Head Coach Jim Benn, Assistant Coaches Nick Oxarart, Travis Somerfeld, and Kevin Ebert. Team Managers Ezra Judd, Anthony Wegner, and Nicholas Wegner. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

The Malta Mustangs are set to start a second season under the direction of Coach Jim Benn, and this season the team only boasts five seniors.

The team finished 6-3 last season, losing to the Missoula-Loyola Rams in the opening round of the 2017 State B Football Tournament.

The team will be without All-State selections linebacker Trace Simonson and offensive tackle Tel Jensen, who graduated last spring. The team also lost several more All-Conference athletes to graduation including tight-end Konner Kuehn, running back Trey Simanton, and Taylor Matthews. In all, Malta lost a total of 14 star...



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