Zone Preview: Game of the Week: Longview (0-1) vs. Marshall (0-1)
Sept. 2, 2016 at 12:55 a.m.
Time: 7:30 p.m., tonight
Stadium: Maverick Stadium, Marshall
Longview: John King
Marshall: Clint Harper
Last week: Lufkin 35, Longview 24; Tyler Lee 34, Marshall 7
Up next: South Oak Cliff at Longview; Marshall at Ouachita Parish (La.)
WHEN LONGVIEW HAS THE BALL
Players to watch
Longview: OL Kendall Starling ... OL Cameron Quinney ... RB Kendrevian White (25 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDs) ... RB D'Crayvan Polk (13 carries, 46 yards, TD) ... FB Trajan Bush (6 carries, 58 yards) ... QB Gaylon Wiley (3-15-1, 32 yards) ... TE Jaylin Brown ... K/P Chris Kessler ... WR Eric Timberlake
Marshall: S Detrevion Macon (16 tackles, FF) ... DL Marje Smith (8 tackles, TFL, sack) ... S Corteze Hurd (14 tackles) ... LB Sheldon Williams (12 tackles, FR)
Keys: Longview hit the ground running in a season-opening loss at Lufkin, running the ball 52 times for 317 yards. There's no secrets between the Lobos and Mavericks and, in Marshall's win over Longview in 2015, King said the Mavericks did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage and scheming the Lobo rushing attack. So that's the key and it's no surprise that the Lobos need to take control up front in order to get the ground game going. The Lobos look to improve passing-wise as well and King said that begins with calling more high-percentage attempts as opposed to Longview's 3-for-15 passing game against the Panthers. White made a strong debut as RB No. 1 for the Lobos, notching his first career 200-yard game on 25 carries. Marshall allowed 416 yards on the ground this past week against the Red Raiders but the Lobos need to find a way to get the passing game going to bolster the run attack and both of those areas begin up front.
WHEN MARSHALL HAS THE BALL
Players to watch
Marshall: RB Cam Haller (5 carries, 15 yards) ... OL Chasen Hines ... QB Hunter Herrington (5-16, 35 yards; 7 carries, 13 yards) ... RB Ar'tavius Brooks (5 carries, 18 yards) ... RB Jacorey Mitchell (2 carries, 16 yards, TD) ... OL Kendrell Booty ... OL Kameron King
Longview: S Traveion Webster (4 tackles, PBU) ... S Jephaniah Lister (10 tackles, 2 FF) ... LB Ja'Quavion Faggans (11 tackles) ... DB Daajman Taylor (2 PBUs, 3 tackles) ... LB Kobe Davis (7 tackles, TFL) ... DL D'Marjai Dearion (TFL) ... DL JC Blakemore (4 tackles, sack, TFL) ... DL Jason Bush (4 tackles)
Keys: Marshall's offense stumbled out of the gate this past week, finishing with 82 total yards of offense (48 rushing, 34 passing). The Mavericks used three different ball carriers along with junior quarterback Hunter Herrington. The Mavericks field a strong offensive line with Hines, King and Booty with plenty of playmakers to work with, led by Haller, who touched the ball six times in the season opener. King and the Lobos expect that number to change. Longview's defense allowed 320 total yards of offense against Lufkin — 188 in the air and 132 on the ground — so for Marshall, it's a matter of settling down and finding what works and with the foundation up front, the Mavericks have the capabilities of moving the ball both ways.
Did you know: Tonight is meeting No. 106 between the two teams ... Marshall snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Lobos in 2015 with a 28-25 win at Maverick Stadium ... The Mavericks last won back-to-back games against the Lobos in 95-96
Twitter-sized preview: Last week and last season mean little in this rivalry game where one team will move forward at .500 and the other will start the season 0-2.