Insider: First look at Longview vs. Dallas Jesuit
In Lobo Insider
Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.
Updated Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.
Thanksgiving football returned to Lobo Stadium on Monday as Longview prepares to take on Dallas Jesuit in the second round of the playoffs.
With the Saturday game, Monday was a 'light' day around Lobo Stadium but all were in attendance as preparation over the holiday break gets underway.
"We've got our Lobo football family up here, players, coaches, trainers, support, staff and it's always nice and a fun time," Longview head coach John King said. "Our kids look forward to it, practicing on days when they don't have school. It's a reward for a strong showing in the regular season and getting out of round one.
"It's fun but we've got work to do to prepare for a good football team."
Today, the routine was back on schedule.
"We used Monday to go over the kicking game, let the JV scrimmage and went through a lot in meeting and film," King said.
King also said that Lobos came out of a 42-21 win over West Brook in good shape, injury-wise.
"We came out pretty healthy, other than the usual bumps and bruises," King said. "So it was nice to have that 'extra' day to get some bodies well. It was a very physical game and we were fortunate to get out of that without getting anyone hurt. We've already had our fair share of those."
So here's a first look at Dallas Jesuit, who come into Saturday at 7-4 and, like the Lobos, on a seven-game win streak:
The Rangers opened the postseason with a 79-55 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial, a win that's been indicative of Jesuit's season: simply outscore their opponents.
Jesuit is averaging a gaudy 556 yards per game (296 passing/260 rushing) and 47 points per game. The Rangers allow 38 points per game as well.
It all starts with junior quarterback Parker Towns, the Dallas Morning News' leading passer in Class 6A and the DMN's Player of the Week for the bi-district round.
Towns finished 13-for-18 for 335 yards with three touchdowns passing and added155 yards on nine carries and four more touchdowns in the opening-round win.
On the season, Towns has passed for 3,127 yards with a completion mark of 70 percent. In 307 pass attempts, Towns has thrown five interceptions. His big rushing night against GLC was a season-best by far.
"Offensively, their quarterback is exceptional," King said. "His completion rate is through the roof. He doesn't miss many throws and has some great skill kids he's throwing to and a big offensive line.
"They are very dangerous on offense. They can tempo or slow it down. They've got a great scheme and never beat themselves offensively. They've got good ball security, don't turn people lose or bust assignments.
"They're just a well-oiled machine."
(Much more on Saturday's game coming this week in the News-Journal and ETVarsity.com)