Over the past three weeks, it’s been about progressing for the Lobo offense and learning for the Longview defense.
Both sides of the ball will cap the spring practice session today with the annual Green-White Game, set for a 5 p.m. start at Lobo Stadium. Admission is free.
“I feel like it’s been a pretty physical and labor-intensive spring practice with a lot of learning and teaching on both sides of the ball,” Longview head coach John King said. “We’ve got some questions answered and there are still plenty to be answered before the season gets here.
“I think the effort, for the most part, and the attitudes have been pretty good for the three weeks that we got after it.”
Jephaniah Lister was a happy guy on Monday at Lobo Stadium.
There was the usual high energy on Monday as Longview hit the first day of a four-week long …
With 155 players expected to dress out overall, the game will feature 12-play series between the varsity first team and second team as well as a junior varsity session. King said the plan is to get around 120 total snaps combined. (full format below)
Coming into the spring, the Lobo offense, where a bulk of Longview’s returning players are back from a run to the state semifinals in 2017, has focused on growing and building on that returning corps. For the defense, where graduation hit the hardest, questions still remain but King said a foundation has been established.
“I want us to put on a good show,” King said. “This is just the end of the spring but there’s still plenty of work to do, plenty of spots still up for grabs.
“I want us to go out there with solid effort and execution, fly around a little bit and let Lobo Nation see what the Lobos are going to be about. We’ve got to get after it on both sides of the ball.
Longview’s offense returns players at just about every position from a year ago, a unit that’s set the stage over the past three weeks of practice.
Finding depth was a priority for the Lobo offense, who returns starters at quarterback, the offensive line, running back and wide receiver.
“We didn’t have as many questions on that side of the ball coming in, obviously,” King said. “It’s been about developing depth on the offensive line and running back and we had to find a backup quarterback and there’s been a couple of guys that have gotten reps there have done well with the different things we’ve asked them to do.”
King expects a crisp day from the offense, that has seen a number of combinations in the backfield as well as at wide receiver.
“We’ve got to execute and it would be nice to get in a rhythm,” King said. “We need to sustain some drives, mix it up and have some explosive plays.”
RETURNERS: QB Haynes King, RB Keilyn Williams, RB/FB Jessie Anderson, WR Kamden Perry, WR Jacob Johnson, OL Gavin Roberts, OL Parker Cox, OL Kaylon Allen, OL Marcus Williams, OL Marcus Harry, TE Daquavion Randall, QB/P/K JK Martin
NEW FACES: RB/QB JD Williams, RB Kaden Meredith, WR Kaden Kearbey, TE Jhailon Braden, FB Kevin Jones, OL Brady Miller
The bulk of the process and rebuilding has been on the defensive side of the ball over the past three weeks for Longview.
With a heavy rotation in certain spots this past season paired with a few key returners, the process has been a day-to-day operation.
“The defensive line and secondary, those were the biggest questions but I feel like we got more answers up front than we do in the secondary, there’s still some shuffling that’s going to have to be done there,” King said. “We have seen some perform well at times and sometimes not so much. It wasn’t too consistent.”
The defensive line has brought a heavy rotation and different combinations throughout the spring, ahead of a steady performance at the linebacker as well as certain spots in the secondary.
“Competition is always good and we’ve had that,” King said. “The more there is at certain positions, which we have several still up for grabs as far as who is going to be the guy, the more production you get out of them.
“I feel like they have all competed well. There’s days they’ve had the upper hand and there’s days they’ve taken it on the chin but they’ve come back to work each day.”
Overall, King wants the defense to apply what has been built and not let the Lobo offense take control.
“We’ve got to get lined up and chase the football,” King said. “We can’t give up plays because we’re misaligned or because of poor technique.
“We’ve got to make the offense earn it.”
RETURNERS: S Jephaniah Lister, LB Ja’Vontae Writt, DL Jaylon Allen, DL Jared Reese, DL Jaydyn James-Rollins, DL Jordan Wallace, DB Tainique Taylor
NEW FACES: DL Sawyer Goram-Welch, DL Andrew Beltran, LB Tyshawn Taylor, DB Juvarrs Lampkin, DB Jharyn Jackson, DB Robert Pierce, DB Cameron Phillips, DB Patrick Webb