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Longview Q & A

By Rick Kretzschmar rickk@news-journal.com
Aug. 28, 2010 at 7:15 p.m.


Sports writer Rick Kretzschmar visited with Longview head coach John King after King and his staff watched video of the Lobos' 31-9 win over Marshall in the season opener for both teams on Friday.

<strong>Q: What part of the offense was the biggest factor in its strong play in the second half, in which Longview out-scored Marshall 21-0?</strong>

A: We were able to sustain drives and wear them down a bit. The running game really got going and we were helped by a couple big pass plays.

<strong>Q: How do you feel about the way quarterback LaDarrin Robertson played in his debut as a starter?</strong>

A: Hot and cold. He did some things really well, and there were some things he didn't do well. There were times he dropped back too far in the pocket and that could get us in trouble in the future if he does that. We had some busted plays, but that was a team problem.

<strong>Q: Marshall had 68 total yards in the second half. What was the key to shutting the Mavericks down?</strong>

A: Because of the long drives on offense we were able to rest our defense. They did a good job of stopping their running game after the long touchdown run by (Jaquan) Kelly.

<strong>Q: What players who didn't receive a lot of publicity played well?</strong>

A: I thought Thomas Jones and Cornelius Williams played well on the defensive line. Diop Johnson did a good job at linebacker, Joe Brown played well at safety and so did both cornerbacks: Jaquale Darden and Brian Tomlinson.

<strong>Q: From your standpoint, what started the brawl between the teams with 8:00 left in the third quarter?</strong>

A: It was mouthing between kids. One player shoved the other and the other player shoved back, then other players got involved. The problem was kids coming off the bench from both sides.

<strong>Q: Will there be punishment for the players involved, and if so, what will it be?</strong>

A: Our kids know that if that have a personal foul called on them or if they are ejected, they will do work. The punishment is running, and since everybody on the team was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, everybody will run. For those who had major involvement, including those who were ejected, there will be a loss of playing time against John Tyler this week. The extent of how much playing time they will lose has not been determined.

<strong>Q: Any injuries?</strong>

A: Bumps and bruises, but nothing too severe.

<strong>Q: John Tyler was impressive in how physical they were in last year's scrimmage against Longview. Is that a factor, or a distant memory?</strong>

A: It's a distant memory. It's two different teams now, but they're still playing at a good level. John Tyler came into its own in its game against Lufkin on Friday (a 17-14 Lufkin win). People say you have your biggest improvement from the first game to the second, so we will have to be ready for that.

<strong>Q: Longview didn't play John Tyler the last two years. Did you miss playing them?</strong>

A: Yep. We tried to keep the schedule open for them, but we couldn't work it out. We couldn't match weeks.

<strong>Q: This is your home opener at Lobo Stadium, where there was considerable construction in the offseason. What will fans notice the most?</strong>

A: Fans will notice the lights. The lighting is much improved. The new turf is immaculate. There's no flaws in it.

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