Longview got a little bit of everything and just what they wanted overall on Monday to cap spring practice.
Moving the ball offensively, flying around to the ball offensively and a number of players getting their hands on the ball were the top priorities in the annual Green-White Game at Lobo Stadium.
“I think our defense did a good job of getting lined up properly and they were flying to the football, as they have all spring,” Longview head coach John King offered as his first impression. “We moved the ball alright today offensively on a very limited play script because we had to get out of here healthy.
“The biggest thing is that we got plenty of looks with the first team with a number of those guys being battle tested. Then, we were able to look the second and third teams a lot as well. Good effort today. I was pleased.”
Quarterback Haynes King used the quick pass and boot pass to target four different receivers at least twice during the first-team, 24-play portion. Returning started Kaden Kearbey had two catches as did Keith Halton and Kyas Moore. Tight Jhailon Braden had a short pass to move the sticks and the longest throw of the day went to junior tailback/receiver/backup quarterback JD Williams.
Junior Kaden Meredith along with Jharious Jones handled the running duties.
“JD had a great spring and Kaden ran the ball well when he had some room,” King said. “There were some bright spots but a controlled scrimmage is like that sometimes. We knew what we wanted to accomplish today and I think we did that.”
Both Kings commented on the Lobo defense’s speed — ‘a blur’ as John King said. Defensive linemen Sawyer Goram-Welch and Joe Jones were standouts ahead of the linebacking corps of Tyshawn Taylor and Laqualon Hale, who each offered a big hit or two in the scrimmage. Running back-turned-safety Shannon Jackson was in the mix as well. Cornerback Dakirin Buchanan provided solid coverage on his side of the ball.
After an up-and-down spring session, King said the Lobos head into the summer with plenty of tape to review.
“We’ve got 16 days of practice on video so we’ll be busy evaluating every aspect of it over the summer to make sure we’ve got what is best for our football team out there,” he said. “Spring is spring. It’s frustrating at times but it served its purpose.
“We’ve got work to do from now until Aug. 12 when we start back up to become a better football team. We’ve got a chance to be a good team but we’ve got some stuff to clean up.”