Smoky Mountain has experience and high expectations

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The Smoky Mountain Mustangs may be one of the most confident teams in the mountains and with good reason. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Sylva - Rickey Brindley's first year as Smoky Mountain's head coach was about as good as it gets. He led the Mustangs to an 8-4 record, their best since 1992 and they finished second in the Mountain Six Conference, but his second year could be even better.

Smoky Mountain has one of the most experienced teams in the mountains. The Mustangs trot out 17 returning starters, 8 on offense and 9 on defense. Offensively the entire offensive line and leading rusher return. On defense the front line is back.

The offense will be led by 12 hundred yard back senior Will Frady and junior all purpose player Dustin Stephens who gained almost one thousand total yards. A virtual rookie will be running the show though. Junior quarterback Caleb Lomonac will be the starting signal caller. He is a 6-4 junior who has a strong arm. Brindley says having a veteran team around him will make his transition easier.

Smoky Mountain starts its season at home against Robbinsville on August 23.