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Longview's Caraway to undergo MRI, likely miss home opener

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
Sept. 2, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Longview will likely be without its all-district senior quarterback when it hosts North Little Rock (Ark.) on Friday.

Bivins Caraway will undergo an MRI on his left leg today or Tuesday and is doubtful for the Lobos' upcoming game, coach John King said Sunday afternoon. Caraway was injured in the first half of Longview's 41-8 season-opening loss against Coppell on Saturday.

King declined to comment on whether Caraway injured his knee.

"They'll do the MRI on maybe Monday, but with the holiday it'll probably be Tuesday," King said. "The way it looks now, he probably won't (play Friday), but who knows."

Caraway completed 3 of 10 passes for 29 yards and one interception, while also getting sacked twice and losing two fumbles as the Lobos struggled to handle Coppell's defensive pressure, leaving the Louisiana-Monroe commit open to multiple big hits. He limped off the field and didn't return after taking one of those hits" while releasing a pass in the second quarter.

Junior backup Stephon Dunn replaced Caraway for the remainder of the game and will enter the week as the No. 1 quarterback, King said. He completed 2 of 5 passes for 49 yards in his varsity debut, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to JaMycal Hasty on the final play of the game.

"He did fine," King said. "He made some mistakes, but he kind of got thrust into the fire. He did some good things and he's going to compete. We're going to try to get a plan together that he can be successful in."

Sophomore quarterback Dezmond Chumley will also get increased reps with the varsity offense this week.

Including two sacks, Longview ran the ball 21 of 26 plays after Caraway, who threw for 2,424 yards and 22 touchdowns last year, left the game.

"(Not having Caraway) puts a little more emphasis on us playing better as a team everywhere," King said. "Running the ball, maintaining blocks, getting off the field, being better in the kicking game. All that is just compounded."

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