If Lone Jack football were a stock, it’d be trending in the right direction.
The Mules have incrementally improved over the last three seasons, and finished last year at 6-5, equaling the number of wins posted in the previous two seasons.
Rebuilding takes time, and Lone Jack coach Jason Fenstermaker knew it wouldn’t be an overnight fix. Still, it’s not hard to see why the team is improving.
“It’s just kids buying in. We have more kids out, more kids in the weight room and buying into the hard work of being successful,” Fenstermaker said. “This is my third season. Once you start getting a few to buy in, and when they start getting successful on the field, it shows the younger kids what’s needed. We have even more this year, and it’s slowly growing, hopefully.”
Junior quarterback Joey Brandon and senior running back Nick Kirk each rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Junior Josh Hopper was an all-conference performer at defensive back, and Fenstermaker is expecting some big things from sophomore wide out Justin Moore.
“We lost five all-conference players on defense. It’ll be next man up on the defensive side,” Fenstermaker said. “Last year we were a hard-hitting defense. With seven new starters, it’ll be a way for them to figure out who they are on that side.”
The Mules got a taste of winning last season. They wouldn’t mind having a whole plateful of it this time around.
“Our goal is to get better every game. That’s a complete cliché, but that’s honesty where we’re at,” Fenstermaker said. “We’ve got good skill positions coming back, but we’re young and inexperienced on the offensive line which is what matters most. We’ll go as far as they take us.”