Lobo Practice

The Longview Lobos practice Monday, April 29, 2019. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Here are a few things to look for:

OFFENSE

Two areas where the competition remains high for spots: Offensive line and wide receiver. Outside of returning center Parker Cox, the Lobo offensive line has been a work-in-progress this spring as the Lobos look to replace four multi-year starters. Tim Polk and Trevor Ford have been mainstays at tackle but the guard positions have been a revolving door. Joaquin Tovar, who took over at halftime of the state semifinal game and started in the state championship, will be out with an injury. Malik Miller has seen plenty of time at guard. Xavier Evans and Syre Moore are in the mix as are sophomore Conner Cox and Jatavian Bush. The Lobos are solid at tight end with Jhailon Braden, Austin Pencheon and Owen Kuenemann.

At receiver, Kaden Kearbey is the primary target but the other receiver spot has seen plenty of rotation with Kyas Moore, Keith Halton, CJ Hopkins and Ja'Von King. JD Williams is seeing time at slot, tailback and backup quarterback. RB Kaden Meredith has made a number of catches throughout the spring.

One big thing: The word of the the spring, consistency. The Lobo offense, which has had to replace a lot and paired with a strong spring from the defense, has sputtered at times. A clean showing in the G-W Game will give way to 7-on-7 this summer which will be big for Haynes King and the new faces to continue to gel.

DEFENSE

Longview looks to wrap up a solid spring on the defensive side of the ball. The front has set the stage for a strong few weeks from the Lobo linebacker corps and down safeties in Tyshawn Taylor, Laqualon Hale, Kybrien Jackson-Jamerson and Malik Cannon. Shannon Jackson, an incoming junior, has been a bright spot in the move to safety from JV running back and Robert Pierce is back alongside him.

Dakirin Buchanan is back at one CB spot and Patrick Webb has seen plenty of reps opposite him. The competition is still high on that side of the ball and this Lobo defense has the potential to have an edge and big-hit ability throughout.

One big thing: Depth on the defensive line and the second CB spot.

OVERALL

Consistency (I know, change the record) will be big tonight and depth. The plan is to roll three teams in the varsity portion of the game in order to get as many players on film as possible and hopefully find some backup roles.

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Hayden Henry is the beat writer for the Longview Lobos and covers sports throughout East Texas.