By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Mustangs will open against Parker's Legend, then league play against the high end of Jefferson County. First game set for Oct. 9.
Progress toward having a unique, make-shift 2020 football season during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Mullen continued on Tuesday, when the Mustangs’ league designation and schedule was released.
Once again competing in Class 5A, Mullen will open with a nonleague opponent before jumping into what is being called the Jefferson County League, the Metro West League from the past two seasons.
First-year Mullen head coach Jeremy Bennett appreciates more of the nuts and bolts of a season that was given the go-ahead only last week and is gradually falling into place.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “We open with a good opponent that gets us ready for what in my opinion is the toughest (big-school) league in the state.”
It will be a six-game regular season followed by either a playoff showing (eight teams will advance) or a seventh game to be determined. Each team will have three home games and three on the road.
In Week 1, Mullen will begin by hosting Parker’s Legend in nonleague. Bennett said it will be Oct. 9 at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Week 2 will have Mullen away against Ralston Valley; Week 3 home against Arvada West (possibly homecoming); Week 4 away vs. Columbine; Week 5 home against Pomona; and Week 6 away vs. Lakewood.
Bennett said his team’s home games will be on Fridays with 7 p.m. kickoffs and with 5A Jeffco teams sharing two district sites, Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood and the North Area Athletic Complex (NAAC) in Arvada, sites and dates are to be announced.
The Mustangs will open practice on Thursday (Sept. 24) and the coach said anticipation from the program couldn’t be much higher. Players have been participating in off-season training for months.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity.” Bennett said.