With preseason over, Longview shifts focus to opener
Aug. 24, 2013 at 11 p.m.
The preseason is in the books for the Lobos.
Friday night's scrimmage with John Tyler wrapped up two weeks of fall practice, following a spring session, and brought mixed results as Longview gets set to open the regular season.
It also set the tone for a week of practice that will conclude with Coppell waiting at Allen's Eagle Stadium at the end of it.
Lobo head coach John King said there's going to be some reshuffling of players this week after seeing "quite a few bright spots" after reviewing game film from the tune-up in Tyler.
"After watching film, I definitely say quite a few bright spots," King said. "There are definitely some things that we're going to have to get corrected too, whether it's scheme or personnel.
"We're going to have do some reshuffling."
Longview's offense was a bright spot Friday night, something that may have caught some off guard.
Junior quarterback Dezmond Chumley opened the night perfectly after completing his first eight pass attempts to six different receivers en route to a 10-for-12, 122-yard night. He had one touchdown strike and scrambled for a 16-yard gain after a busted play, something that he didn't see too often in the tune-up.
"I thought, offensively, for the first 15 plays we were as sharp as we've been this time of the year," King said. "Dezmond threw the ball well and did it with some pressure in his face. For the most part, he had time to throw it too and just made some good decisions."
Coming into the scrimmage with a question mark, King was pleased with the performance of the offensive line, which saw two sets of five players rotate in throughout.
"I was pleased with all 10 of them to be quite honest. That was a bright spot," King said. "They protected well and allowed us to move the ball efficiently."
JaMycal Hasty lived up to the hype as well, seeing time at running back and at quarterback in the Lobos' "money" formation. He had six carries for 97 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run, and completed his lone pass attempt of the night.
"He did a lot of good things," King said. "The thing that impressed me was how he handled both roles and he was a real leader for his team.
"When he made a mistake, he owned up to it. When he made big plays, it was everybody else that had a part in it."
Texas commit Dorian Leonard set up Longview's third touchdown in the controlled portion of the scrimmage - in which the Lobos held a 4-2 scoring advantage over the Lions - with catches of 37 and 20 yards before tweaking his ankle on a catch which ended his night. King said he was fine and it was no cause for concern.
Stephon Anthony was on the receiving end of a touchdown toss after being questionable entering the night. Tight end Jordan Whitaker and receiver Chris Pellum were also targets for Chumley.
With Deionte Wall sidelined for 6-7 weeks with a foot injury, Longview showed depth at running back with Marquies Hunter (2-15), Jeremy Powell (3-25), Petey Peterson (2-10, TD) and Quatorian Jacobs (2-27) all taking snaps.
Defensively, Longview held John Tyler to two scores in 25 plays in the controlled portion and gave up two scores in the two 15-minute running-clock halves.
The loss of Zaycoven Henderson was more evident in the live-ball portion with John Tyler junior quarterback Geo McCollister and running back Jeremy Wilson moving the chains to the end zone twice in the two halves, scoring the first on a 14-play drive.
"We didn't do any scheming or any real preparation for John Tyler and our defense saw some things that we don't do and I think that played a big part on Friday," King said. "That was the first time they've lined up against somebody different, and against those guys, they didn't know what was coming."
Roderick Alexander and Omar French impressed on the defensive front for Longview.
"Both of those guys looked sharp, getting off the ball, chasing the ball down and went with total effort all night," King said.
Decord Flanagan made several tackles, had a sack and broke up a pass.
King also was impressed with the secondary play of Shaun Lloyd, Chris Coby - who blocked a field goal - and Travin Howard.
"I thought we did some decent things early on. We had some chances to get off the field early but gave up some third-and-longs, jumped off sides to give them first downs, and we didn't tackle too well," King said.
Kicker Andres Perez drained four point-after attempts and put up Longview's lone points of the live-ball portion with a 31-yard field goal.
"He looked really sharp, hit them good and split the uprights. He's going to be a weapon for us," King said.
Longview finished the night with no turnovers, but was hit with four penalties on the night.
"No turnovers was nice to see. We did a good job with ball security, which is something we've been harping on," King said. "We had a few penalties, one that led to a touchdown for them.
"Overall, there weren't as many miscues offensively as what we've seen in the past at this time."
Monday will bring a big test for the Lobos as they lock down their personnel heading into the season opener. King hopes his team builds on Friday's outing.
"They better respond in a positive way and get those things corrected or it could turn into a long night on Friday," King said. "People are going to have to be unselfish with some of the position changes that we're going to have to make, whether it be from a one to a two, safety to a linebacker, whatever the case. We're going to have to get some things shored up.
"There's going to be some people that it's time to put up or shut up."
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