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Insider: Lobos begin prep for Lufkin

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Aug. 22, 2016 at 9:50 p.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2016 at 9:50 p.m.


Monday featured a lot of moving parts in more ways than one.

The return to school, first of all, and then a shift in practice with an opponent in site.

"It was a typical first day of school and that always adds a new dimension," head coach John King said. "We're all headed in the right direction and, for the most part, what we asked them to do was done.

"Today's practice was totally different than it's been the past two weeks with the addition of scout teams, where to go, where to be and how to do it. I thought, as far as game prep and executing our plan, we made some positive strides. It's certainly not where we want to be but that's what the rest of the week is for. We've got to be better on Day 2."

King made the comment this past week that the Lobo defense has thrown countless looks defensively throughout the fall at the offense. Monday brought heavy rotations of personnel and formations for the defense.

2018 DL Jason Bush

On the defensive front, D'Marjai Dearion, Chase Davis, Montavian Reed, Jason Bush, Jeffrey Jones, Jadarrion Blakemore all were among heavy rotation between a three-man and four-man front.

Monday was perhaps the strongest day of practice so far in the secondary.

2017 DB Daajman Taylor had an interception and several PBUs throughout the day as the Lobo secondary tightened up throughout. 

2019 S Jephaniah Lister has emerged over the top for the Lobo secondary.

2017 ATH Ke'Undre Wilson spent the day in a green jersey after going back-and-forth between the defense and offense this past week, including Friday night's scrimmage against Pine Tree.

2017 LB Kobe Davis has been steady throughout the fall as one of two returning starters.

Fellow 2017 LB Steven Skinner finished the preseason practices, including the scrimmage strong. 

I spent more of Monday watching the defense but did turn around several times to see Kendle Johnson make a few big catches at WR, Eric Timberlake deep down the field, Kendrevian White using the power-run game and FB Trajan Bush doing a little bit over everything.

Coach King said he challenged the team post-practice but would not reveal what that challenge was exactly.

  • LOBO FAN BUS: A fan bus for Longview Lobo football fans wanting to attend Friday’s season opener against the Lufkin Panthers in Lufkin will depart from the guard shack at Longview High School at 5 p.m. Friday. Cost to ride the bus is $25 (does not include game ticket). Fans may purchase tickets and sign up to ride the bus beginning today at the LISD Athletic Office. For information: (903) 758-3369 or (903) 452-7954.

Much more from Longview's preseason opener at Lufkin coming this week in the News-Journal and online at ETVarsity.com. 

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