McNeil might have the best wide receiver-quarterback combo in all of District 13-6A.
Jordan Kerley and Zane Kampfer both had outstanding seasons as juniors a year ago even if the final standings didn't reflect that. Now seniors, the dynamic duo is looking to help the Mavericks make the playoffs this year.
"I've been with him since freshman year but we've gotten together," Kampfer said. "I'm a quarterback that has a lot of targets to go to and I'm excited and lucky. I know a lot of quarterbacks don't have that."
Kerley was the Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 2016 and was a first-team selection last year while Kampfer was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Kampfer finished with 2,648 passing yards with 22 touchdowns through the air and ran for 162 yards and five scores. Kerley caught 73 passes for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Mavericks last season.
"Both of them had great seasons last year," McNeil head coach Howard McMahan said. "They've had good summers and they're having a great camp so far. I expect good things from both of them. They should be two of the better players in the district and they should be two impact players for us."
Elsewhere on the McNeil offense, Donovan Brown returns at running back and Winton Hutchinson will join him in the backfield behind an offensive line that brings back a trio of starters.
Brown finished second on the team in rushing last year 183 yards but failed to find the end zone in seven games.
McNeil begins the district season against two district teams that missed the playoffs last year, hosting Vista Ridge and face Round Rock on Sept. 14 and 21 respectively. The Mavericks have a difficult end to the year, facing Stony Point, Hendrickson and Cedar Ridge in the final three games.
Kampfer said the offense will have a faster pace this season. After throwing 14 interceptions a year ago, one of his personal goals for the season is to control the ball little more and work the field.
"We're fast," Kampfer said. "This year we transitioned to tempo and we're going to be snapping the ball every 20 seconds. I know in college there are only a few teams that do that. We don't have a huddle, we just go quickly with it. It's going to be exciting."