The foundation of Grapevine was shocked when it was announced Gary Mullins was a finalist for the LaMarque job. It was even more shocking when he didn't get the job. Now, he is left in Grapevine with more questions than answers and 9 starters return from last year's squad. Most of the skill players have graduated so a lot of new faces will have to step in to help on both sides of the ball.
Young John Mundy looks to take the reigns at quarterback. He has good size and speed and could develop into a raw talent. They will have to find a running back but the offensive line will be pretty solid. Evyn Perry, Austin Harrison and Michael McLaughlin lead the offensive line. The team lost some good wide receivers so they will have to replace them as well. The offense will need to develop - they will not put up big numbers as they did in the past.
The defense might be the strong point for Grapevine this year. There is a lot of talent on the defensive line. Chase Ackinson, Chris Harold, Blayne Ray and Ryan Guthrie anchor the line. This may be the second best defensive line in the district. The linebackers will be solid with Alex Klingbiel, Elisha Davis and Jeff Taylor. The secondary will be young and will need some players to step up, but Trevor Noel should be decent.
Initially, we had Grapevine third - but usually when coaches try to bolt, they know there is a desert ahead. I look for Grapevine to be 4th, the offense to struggle and Grapevine to even possibly fall out of the playoff race. The school is very small and almost dropped to 4A last realignment. The depth just isn't there, and the talent is dispersing around the area. Grapevine will need some young players to step up to rescue this season.