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Longview's King wants to see leaders emerge from 7-on-7

By Gabriel D. Brooks
June 14, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Longview football coach John King hopes Saturday's 7-on-7 football state qualifier event in Tyler can show him who the Lobos can depend on to lead them in the fall.

"I'm interested to see how the kids respond," King said. "It's on them. They've got to get there and provide their own transportation and get the team together. We'll see if the leadership steps up."

Since coaches cannot be involved in 7-on-7, the players have to take on the transportation and organization responsibilities. King hopes to find out who wants to become a leader through his players going through that process.

Longview is one of 16 teams competing in Saturday's state qualifier hosted by Tyler Lee at Lindsey Park starting at 9 a.m. The Lobos compete in Pool A against Beaumont Central, Whitehouse and Sulphur Springs. Pool B includes a Lindale squad, a Tyler Lee squad, Rockwall and Brenham, while Pool C has Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Jacksonville and Lufkin. Pool D is Denison, Terrell, and two more teams from Lindale and Tyler Lee.

King said position battles aren't necessarily what he's looking for when he watches the Lobos during 7-on-7.

"Just see their alignments and see how they're lining up defensively against certain formations," King said. "I just want to see them do the little things right."

Each pool winner advances to semifinal matchups. The two semifinal winners advance to a championship contest and qualify for next month's state 7-on-7 tournament at Texas A&M in College Station.

Longview enters Saturday's competition with Bivins Caraway at the helm. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior-to-be quarterback committed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday, choosing the Warhawks over offers from Navy, New Mexico and Texas State. Caraway threw for 2,424 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior, when he ran for 190 yards and six touchdowns.

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