Wall provides spark on both sides of ball in Green-White game
By Jimmy Carter
May 17, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.
Deionte Wall had on his green No. 1 uniform and was ready to play linebacker in Longview's Green-White game Friday.
But then a Lobo coach stopped the rising senior in the locker room and told him to grab his white No. 3 jersey, too. The running back-turned-starting linebacker was finally going to get his first carry of the spring.
"It really did get me excited," Wall said.
Wall started the spring game at linebacker and helped Longview's defense shut down the first-team offense early in the scrimmage. But he turned the Green-White game into the Wall show when he put on the white jersey and lined up in the backfield.
He beat the second-team defense to the corner and outran pursuit for an electrifying 70-yard touchdown run on his first offensive touch of the spring, showcasing the 4.33 40-yard dash speed that caused him to miss most of spring practice while competing on Longview's 4x100-meter relay team. He only got one other carry, but again utilized his speed and an array of moves to pick up 27 yards and finish with a game-high 97 yards on just the two touches.
"No doubt Deionte is a great running back," coach John King said. "We know that. He's doing pretty dang good at linebacker, too. So he possibly could play both ways."
That was music to the ears of Wall, who made the position change to linebacker when he finally participated in his first spring practice Monday.
"If I can just get in shape and work really hard over the summer, I think I can do it," Wall said. "I want to do that."
His explosive play on offense stole the show, but he also played well on defense, providing a fast, physical presence at linebacker.
The first-team defense stopped the offense on the first two drives of the scrimmage. The starting offense managed a field goal on its third drive and later scored its only touchdown in five possessions against a defense sprinkled with second-teamers.
"I thought our defense played well," King said. "They swarmed to the ball and didn't give up many big plays. They forced several three-and-outs. We had some opportunities. Had some missed throws and miscommunication on the offensive side a couple times. Thought it was a good scrimmage. Nobody got hurt. That was big."
The defense continued to look strong out of its 3-4 scheme, a look the Lobos began working out of the final week of spring practice once Wall got done with track.
"There's no doubt it's probably our best personnel package for people we're going to play down the road," King said. "I feel good about it versus the spread as well as power running teams. It's a good changeup for us to have.
"I still like our four-man line based out of the 4-2-5. I think it's a good defense to run versus both, too. I think it gives us a good mix."
It was a mixed night for the starting offense. Quarterback Dezmond Chumley struggled at times and finished 10 of 22 for 109 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
The junior continued to try to shift into football gear after missing all but the final week of spring practice because of the baseball playoffs. He did have a solid end to his day, hitting Dorian Leonard for a 10-yard score on the first-team offense's final possession.
Longview's one-two backfield punch of junior JaMycal Hasty and senior L'darrius Peterson had modest production against the first-team defense. Both were solid, but neither was able to find the holes Wall had against the second defense.
Hasty finished with 24 yards on six carries, while also catching three passes for 48 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown from sophomore Cameron Castleberry. Peterson had nine yards on two carries.
"I feel good about all three of them," King said. "I think that if Petey and JaMycal were a little more patient, they would have had some better runs. I thought they were trying to hit the home run a little bit and excite the crowd. And they can do it. Have to take the good with the bad there.
"But I think with understanding down and distance situations and going with what we need to get to move the sticks, I think once we get in a game situation they'll be ready to do what we ask them to do. They knew it was going to be limited touches today and they were trying to make the best out of every time they touched it."
The second-team defense forced four turnovers in the scrimmage. Castleberry played well in the junior varsity segment of the scrimmage, hitting fellow sophomore receiver Jon Sorey for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
The game was the conclusion of Longview's spring practice. The Lobos begin summer 7-on-7 in June.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">GREEN-WHITE STATISTICS (varsity only)</span>
- Marquies Hunter 5 run (2nd team)
- Andres Perez 42 FG (1st team)
- Deionte Wall 70 run (2nd team)
- Dezmond Chumley 10 pass to Dorian Leonard (1st team)
<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="1" bgcolor="#000000"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6"> <tbody> <tr bgcolor="#CCCCCC"> <td> </td> <td><strong>1st Team Offense</strong></td> <td><strong>2nd Team Offense</strong></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>First downs</td> <td>12</td> <td>13</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>Rushing</td> <td>16-66</td> <td>21-221</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>C-A-I</td> <td>10-22-1</td> <td>6-10-2</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>Passing</td> <td>109</td> <td>73</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>Yards per play</td> <td>4.6</td> <td>9.5</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#DDDDDD"> <td>Fumbles-Lost</td> <td>1-0</td> <td>2-2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div align="center"> </div>
<strong>Rushing – </strong>Deionte Wall 2-97 (1 TD), Dezmein Dennis 4-47, Quatorian Jacobs 6-39, Marquies Hunter 5-32 (1 TD), JaMycal Hasty 6-24, Dezmond Chumley 3-18, Stephon Anthony 1-13, Jeremy Powell 5-13, L'darrius Peterson 2-9, TEAM 1-1, Garrett Shields 1-(-3), Lance Cooper 1-(-3).
<strong>Passing</strong> <strong>–</strong> Dezmond Chumley 10-22-1 109 (1 TD), Lance Cooper 4-4-0 29, Cameron Castleberry 1-4-1 28 (1 TD), Garrett Shields 1-2-1 16.
<strong>Receiving –</strong> JaMycal Hasty 3-48 (1 TD), Dorian Leonard 4-44 (1 TD), Stephon Anthony 3-27, L'darrius Peterson 1-19, Clayton Layman 1-16, Payton Taylor 1-10, Jordan Whitaker 1-9, Chris Pellum 2-9.
<strong>Fumble recoveries </strong>– Jaylon Mack, N/A
<strong>Interceptions </strong><strong>–</strong> Kory Walker 2, Jhauvarian Moore
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