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Lobos' first spring scrimmage set for Friday

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
May 1, 2013 at 11 p.m.


No one will confuse Friday with Longview's season opener against Coppell or the big home game against Lufkin.

But the first scrimmage of spring practice will give the Lobos' coaching staff a glimpse of its team in a game-like situation.

"We're looking for execution in a scrimmage setting," Longview coach John King said. "We've got to do a little bit better job of securing the football and cutting down on mental errors up front on offense. On defense, we've got to quit giving up big plays."

The scrimmage will consist of around 60 plays and will likely start shortly before noon inside Lobo Stadium. Fans are welcome, but must check in at the guard shack on Airline Rd.

"We'll more than likely put JV and varsity on opposite ends for a while, then maybe go just varsity," King said.

The scrimmage will be a litmus test for how far Longview has come at the end of its first full week of spring practice. It will show the staff how much progress has been made at several areas in question, including on the offensive line, where the Lobos have to replace three graduating starters.

"I'm seeing progress every day," King said. "It's nowhere near where we want it to be, but I feel like our kids have the right attitude and are taking the coaching and trying to implement that in team settings and group settings. But we're getting better."

Longview also has to replace three starters on the defensive line. TCU commit Zaycoven Henderson is the lone returning full-time starter up front.

"I've seen some great things on defense," King said. "I think Deroderick Alexander has done some wonderful things the last few days. Zaycoven's been disruptive. Eric Abston, I thought he had a great day (Tuesday). And Decord Flanagan has been doing some good things."

Another area King and the defensive staff will keep an eye on is linebacker. Junior Jaylon Jackson and seniors K.D. Dixon and Roman Brown are among the leading candidates to replace graduating playmakers DeMarkus Lathan and Torean Sheppard.

"Jaylon's picking it up pretty well," King said. "K.D.'s a guy that needs more reps. Roman Brown needs more reps. We're rolling those guys in and trying to see if they'll be able to solidify the linebacker spot."

<em>(Follow Jimmy Carter on Twitter @jicartersports)</em>

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