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Large Senior Class Starts Bonnett’s Legacy at PCM with High Standards

Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 5:59 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Eric Gotschall

PCM head football coach Greg Bonnett jokes that his coaching peers say he set the bar too high in his first year as head coach. While Bonnett says he’s planning on making winning part of the culture for the Mustangs in the future, he quickly acknowledges that none of this season’s success would have happened without significant contributions from a very athletic and hard-working senior class.

Bonnett says his upperclassmen led by example as a group, making adjustments to his adjustments in schemes on the field and buying into his philosophies as a coach.

“There were some things that we had to work on with this group of guys, and they just really bought in to what I was telling them. I think they could see what we were teaching them as a staff come to life on the football field,” said Bonnett.

“Once that started to click and they kinda figured out that we knew what we were talking about – and they were seeing success with it – that motivated them even more. We had some guys really step up and play different positions that they hadn’t played before, but they took it upon themselves to figure it out and make the best of it”

PCM’s explosive offense will look much different next season, as the Mustangs lose nearly everyone to graduation, including a close-knit offensive line that opened gaps for the running game and provided protection for the passing attack. PCM’s defense also takes a big hit as well, but Bonnett insists that another crop of solid athletes await their opportunity to showcase their skills as leaders on the field and in the locker room.

In all, 24 seniors played their final season in a Mustang football uniform, compiling an 11-1 overall record, claiming the District 8 title, and reaching the Class 2A State Quarterfinals.