Kyree Koonce Looking to Get Back Up to Speed for the Mustangs

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The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the playoffs in Jeff Woody's first season The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the playoffs in Jeff Woody's first season

Running back Kyree Koonce had a dominating start to the season for the Monticello Mustangs last year, with over eight-hundred yards of total offense, and thirteen touchdowns, in just five games.

But his season was cut short by a broken leg, and he had to watch the rest of the campaign from the sidelines.

"That was the worst thing that I ever had to go through," says Koonce.  "It was worse than breaking my leg. It was worse."

The senior Koonce will be the main returning offensive weapon for the Mustangs this season.

Koonce says, "I feel really good. I had some doubts about a week ago, but now that I'm out here and doing it, I feel really well and confident."

Monticello head coach Jeff Woody says, "Kyree looks good. A little rusty, little rusty. He's about 95%, and he's moving, and shaking, and cutting on slippery track. He's got to get confidence back in that foot. He's going to be ok."

Senior linebacker Seth Miles says 95% of Koonce is still better than most.

"It's very tough," says Miles.  "Kyree will go one way, and I'll fall, or someone will fall, and he'll shift the other way, so you have to get back up before he goes around."

Miles is part of a Monticello linebacking corps which returns intact.

The Mustangs finished as Co-Jefferson District Champions in their first season under Woody last year, before getting knocked out in the second round of the state playoffs.

Miles says, "The past two seasons have come down to one play. We have to go through every rep as hard and as fast as we can, to prepare for things like that that could happen this year."

"It's baby steps," adds Woody.  "We have a lot of work to do, as does everybody else. We've got goals, we've got high expectations. With that comes, we got to work hard. It's a tough league, and you got to bring you're 'A' Game every week. If not, somebody's gonna get you."

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