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From the Den: King talks Marshall win, 2-0 start

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Sept. 10, 2017 at 6:26 p.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2017 at 6:26 p.m.


Longview took a big win over Marshall to start the season 2-0 on Friday.

Here's what head coach John King had to say Saturday morning from the Lobo Den:

On 2-0 start:"We're happy to be 2-0 but there are some things that we've got to improve on still. I think we can play a lot better football than what we played (Friday night). To go out and handle your business against the two teams we've played, we are where we want to be. We'll take it but like I said, we've got to improve in some areas and still make the right steps towards being a good football team."

Overall against Marshall: "It wasn't the prettiest game but we made plays in the right spots when we had to make them. After the touchdown, I felt like our defense was pretty stellar all night long.

Offensively, we made big plays at key times. We got off schedule on first and second downs and were in long-yardage situation. Marshall did a good job, they loaded the box on us and gave us a few different looks that we had not prepared for and made some plays as well.

It was hard-fought. Go in 20-7 at half then two fumbles. We had a chance to drive the nail and we didn't do it. They had life but again the defense gets the stops that we needed. Hitting Jaylin (Brown) over the middle put the icing on the cake."

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On eight ball carriers with 285 total rushing yards: "Paul (Hutchins) set the tone with some big runs. I thought all of the running backs ran well. Marshall gave us the look where we could run the dive option and we ran it. The quarterbacks did a good job of creating it and Paul ran well. I tell them all that some night is going to be your night and sometimes it's not. It depends on the look that we get and how people want to play us. Paul did some good things. He's played well the past two weeks. Jason (Roundtree) too."

Line play:"Defensively, again, we were able to rotate them in and keep them fresh even when they tried to tempo us. Everyone did a good job of handling it. Offensively, I would give them a B, we turned a few loose and had a couple of missed assignments."

On the kicking game, Chris Kessler with four tackles:"If he kicks it out of the endzone, he wouldn't have to tackle anyone. He made a good tackle. That's Chris, he's a competitor now. He covers on the kicks as a safety, one of them got out there and he completed his assignment after he kicked the ball. I hate to punt. Two 50 yarders. But elsewhere, we've got to continue to improve on the kick game, kickoffs and especially on punts."

On the QBs:"I thought Jordan (Lawson played well, threw the ball well. He saw the open receivers and completed some deep balls. AC (A'Darius Carter) did some things well and there were a few times where if he didn't get pressure, he could've hit some open receivers. We missed a protection there and had a couple of drops there. It wasn't, as a whole, we didn't play as well as we did last week. It didn't feel that way anyway.

The nature of the past two games hasn't made it any easier. Both have dealt with some miscues from everyone around them. Last week it was Jordan, this week was AC. On the first play, we miss a touchdown because of the protection, then we drop a hitch, get a ball tipped and it's a three-and-out. It's the same thing that Jordan experienced last week."

Moving forward: "South Oak Cliff is an improved team. They were young and athletic last year. But it's the final tuneup for us because we're about to hit a stretch where it's going to be very tough and we're not playing well enough to win that district right now."

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