Insider: Lobos prepare for final non-district game; Injury update
In Lobo Insider
Sept. 11, 2017 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated Sept. 11, 2017 at 9:01 p.m.
Longview is back at Lobo Stadium for the third-straight game on Friday in the Lobos' final non-district game against South Oak Cliff.
While the Lobos went to work on Monday with work in-house and in prep for the Golden Bears, they did so without two offensive starters.
Running back Jessie Anderson and starting center Kaylon Allen were both sidelined with injuries in Longview's 41-7 win over Marshall this past Friday night.
"We've got a couple of guys that are out," Longview head coach John King said. "Jessie Anderson, our running back, we'll be without his services the rest of the year.
"With Kaylon, we're waiting to find out later in the week but he won't play this week."
Anderson, who totaled 205 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries through two games, came to the sidelines early in the second quarter after finishing with 59 yards in the quarter, 45 coming on a touchdown run on his first carry. He injured his wrist, which was in a cast on Monday, on the play.
Allen, who was in a walking boot on Monday, came out with an apparent leg injury later in the second quarter against the Mavericks. Sophomore Parker Cox (5-11, 226) took over at center from that point and went through first-team drills during Monday's practice. Fellow sophomore Malik Miller (5-8, 250) was up from the junior varsity with the varsity team.
"I thought that last week after we lost Kaylon early on, Parker came in and played well as a sophomore," King said. "He made some mistakes but he's a sophomore. The effort and the want-to is there and he's only going to get better the more he plays.
"With Jessie, we didn't get that news until after the game but one place we do have depth is running back. It's going to be a different guy and maybe a little bit different scheme."
Keilyn Williams (5-96, 98-yard KO return), Jaquan Edwards (11-40, TD), and Nigel Foster (3-19) all figure into the mix at running back. Fullback Paul Hutchins went for 70 yards on nine carries against Marshall. Jason Roundtree had a 52-yard run and added two more carries for 74 yards against the Mavericks.
"That's why we practice the way we practice as a whole team," King said. "We know that football is a tough and physical sport. We get a lot of kids reps during our practice and it's next make up. That's why we practice with ones, twos and on the junior varsity so we can make moves when we need."
Longview took a 62-14 win over South Oak Cliff a year ago at Lobo Stadium. The Golden Bears enter Friday at 1-1 on the season with a win over Ennis (29-28) before falling to Lancaster this past week, 56-20.
The Golden Bears are led senior safety Kanion Williams, an Oklahoma State commit, and 2019 DE/OLB Steven Parker. The Golden Bears feature six other players who hold offers as well, according to Scout.com's Gabe Brooks.
"We're going to have to have a good week of practice and play well on Friday night," King said. "They're a very talented football team with very talented players. They've played well against two tough opponents.
"They were young and talented a year ago so I don't think they'll be in shock coming back to Lobo Stadium for the second time in a row. They made the trip last year so they know what it's about. We'll have to be ready to play."
Stay tuned to the News-Journal and ETVarsity.com for more on Longview vs. South Oak Cliff throughout the week.