Mingus struggled to be competitive all of 2019, losing all but one of its games by double digits, including a 45-2 thumping by Flagstaff in which Eagles running back Luis Jaramillo dominated with 173 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
But, in the same way he says of all opponents, Hanley doesn’t want his team to overlook Mingus all because of last season’s results.
The Eagles forced Harrison into four interceptions in last season’s game, but with a young defense — notably in the secondary — Harrison will go up against some new faces this time around.
The Eagles graduated some of their top options in the secondary a season ago such as Dayton Koyiyumptewa, who led the team in interceptions with six in 2019, as well as versatile defenders Luke and Stephen Canizales.
“Our kids are ready and we are ready to hit somebody besides ourselves,” Hanley said.
Like their counterparts across town, the Eagles are also looking at a new starting quarterback this season.
Morgan Bewley is slated to make his first start at QB for Flagstaff after sitting behind former Eagle Joe Weidinger in 2019. Bewley didn’t play much at all a year ago, attempting just eight passes and completing four for 91 yards.
Bewley is more of a dual-threat option than Flagstaff has had in its past two starting QBs Weidinger and Henry Tagle, giving Hanley and new quarterbacks coach John Buckley a potential run-pass-option attack to toy with this season.