Football Tour VII King City
Eleven of the 16 teams in Monterey County have made the playoffs at least once over the last five years.
The Mustangs are not one of them.
Oh, King City has been close a number of times, coming within a win of making the postseason three out of the last four years.
While a 30 player roster is one of the smallest at King City in recent years, 18 to 20 players will start, meaning few will go both ways.
Mac Villanueva looks a little more comfortable in his second year as the head coach. Then again, he has a couple of dynamic receivers to work with as the offensive coordinator.
Junior Dominic Rose made an impression last spring at the Nike Football Camp along with senior flanker DeAndre Sharif.
The 6-foot-3 Rose was seeing double teams during 7-on-7 drills this past summer. Sharif is one of the fastest players in the league.
Two junior quarterbacks are battling for the starting job. Yet, according to Rose, he's built chemistry with both of them.
Slow starts are a tradition Villanueva would like to eliminate. King City started 1-3 last year, 0-3-1 in 2011, 0-2 in 2010, 1-4 in 2009 -- you get the picture.
The Mustangs first four games this season are against four playoff teams from last season, including two league champions.
Watch an interview with coach Mac Villanueva.