Time: 8 p.m., tonight
Stadium: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Records: Longview: 0-0; Temple: 0-0
Temple: Scott Stewart (5th season, 38-13)
Longview: John King (17th season, 179-37)
Up next: Temple at Magnolia West; Longview at Marshall
WHEN TEMPLE HAS THE BALL
Temple: RB Samari Howard ... WR AJ McDuffy ... QB Mikai Harrison-Pilot ... QB Humberto Arizmendi ... OL Alex Rodriquez ... OL Colby Rice
Longview: OLB Kybrien Jackson-Jamerson ... DL Joe Jones ... LB Laqualon Hale ... S Shannon Jackson ... S Tyree Hale ... CB Dylan Davis
WHEN LONGVIEW HAS THE BALL
Temple: LB Taurean York ... DL Cody Little ... DL Jayven Taylor ... LB Marshall Grays
Longview: RB Kaden Meredith ... WR CJ Hopkins ... WR Jalen Hale ... TE Austin Pencheon ... OL Tavion Sterling ... RB Markevion Haynes ... QB Landyn Grant ... QB Jordan Allen
Quick hits This rematch of the 2019 bi-district round will feature two similar teams squaring off to get the 2020 season started under the big lights of AT&T Stadium and the TV cameras of Fox Sports Southwest.
Both teams are expected to roll in two quarterbacks in action with the contrasting styles of Temple’s Harrison-Pilot, a safety a year ago, and Arizmendi, who is more of a pocket passer. For the Lobos, the post-Haynes King era begins with sophomores Allen and Moore, who have split time throughout the preseason. Both teams also return one starter on the offensive line and several on the defensive line with the bulk of the returners on defense.
That unit will set the pace in this one. Longview’s defense needs to contain the Wildcat offense that features Howard, who started a year ago at Lobo Stadium, as well as McDuffy. On the flip side, the Lobo offensive line is brand new and faces an experienced Wildcat front. Both teams, again, have returners and more experience at the second and third levels on defense.
Who is not new is Lobo running back Meredith, who enjoyed a big night against the Wildcats a year ago as a part of 1,600-yard, 20-touchdown junior season. He’ll be joined by Haynes for a one-two punch in the Lobo backfield. A big key for the Lobos is staying on schedule on offense so that whichever sophomore quarterback is out there can settle in on the big stage and begin to work to a number of Lobo weapons out wide.
On paper, both of these teams have the makings of strong teams but tonight’s season opener may very well look like that, the first game of the season – just in front of a few more eyes.
Did you know?Tonight’s game is a part of Texas Football Days on FSSW and part of DCTF and the UIL’s celebration of 100 years of UIL football ... This is the seventh meeting between the two teams with Longview leading 4-2