Unity the root of Lovelock football's excellence

LOVELOCK, Nev. (KOLO) - “This town is rounded around football. They want to come out here on Friday nights,” said Lovelock senior lineman Davis Murphy.

It’s hard not to like Mustang football in Lovelock. The team is tough, they play for each other, and the standard is as high as it gets.

“They just expect to win and they know what it takes to win,” added head coach Mike Brooks.

Lovelock has won the last two Class 2A State Championships, and the team is thinking three-peat this year.

“We’ve been dreaming of winning state titles for the school,” said senior quarterback Derek Sandusky.

Coach Brooks added “they’ve all been playing together since they were in first and second grade so they’ve been playing for each other and with each other.”

During the Mustangs’ title runs, team chemistry has been at the forefront of their success. And this year’s group is no different.

“They can’t get away from each other even if they wanted to,” Brooks laughed.

Senior lineman Davis Murphy added “when we have a bad play, that person who did it calls themselves out and say ‘no, we’re good, let’s progress on this next play.”

Self-accountability isn’t a new concept for the Mustangs. The high expectations maintained by first year head coach Mike Brooks aren’t new either. The former Mustang player and his coaching staff have been around this group of players for years.

“We understand what their mindset is and what they want from us,” Murphy said.

“Any team is going to produce how the coach produces so if they can see that I’m fired up and intense they’re going to feed off that,” Brooks added.

This season Lovelock expects to be the last team standing once again. It could be the Mustangs’ second three-peat this decade.

“There is a lot of pressure for us to be that again but we don’t have that this year because we have a great team and bond,” said senior lineman Axel Gonzalez.