ET Football: Lobos prep for home opener
Sept. 5, 2016 at 10:34 p.m.
After opening the season with trips to Lufkin's Abe Martin Stadium and Marshall's Maverick Stadium, Friday's home opener with Dallas South Oak Cliff is a welcomed one for the Lobos.
For the first time in 2016, Longview is back at Lobo Stadium on Friday, a night that includes Green Out and homecoming festivities.
"Hopefully, we'll be excited about being and home and play like we are," Longview head coach John King said. "The season opener at home is not often Week 3 of the season but we're here for a couple of weeks and hopefully we're ready to play in the friendly confines on Lobo Stadium."
Friday also is about business as the Lobos prepare for its final non-district tuneup, which started with a mid-morning Labor Day practice on Monday.
"Laboring on Labor Day," King said. "We had a good practice, good attendance and we got done what we needed and wanted to do."
The season-opening trips included familiar faces in the Panthers and Mavericks. On Friday, Longview takes on South Oak Cliff -- a week before their District 11-6A opener against Mesquite Horn.
Friday marks the sixth meeting between the two teams and the first since 1991.
"They're not a team we're too familiar with but they're a very talented football team," said King of the Golden Bears, of whom the Lobos have a 4-0-1 series lead against. "You watch them on tape and they've got a lot of team speed -- a lot of tremendous athletes at the skill positions offensively and defensively, they're very fast with a lot of guys on the defensive line that move like running backs."
South Oak Cliff, who competes in District 11-5A, enters with an 0-2 mark on the season with losses to Ennis (30-20) and Lancaster (51-7), who teams who both have 1-1 records. Ennis fell to John Tyler, 30-14, this past week and Denton Ryan took down Lancaster in Week 1, 35-23.
Longview enters the week at 1-1 with a loss to Lufkin, 35-24, and a win against Marshall this past Friday, 56-7.
Offensively, the Lobos have rushed for 638 yards on 95 carries, led by senior Kendrevian White, who is averaging over eight yards per carry with six touchdowns.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ja'Quavion Faggans and sophomore safety Jephaniah Lister have 18 tackles each through two games. Lister has caused four fumbles, has a tackle for loss and the Lobos' lone interception of the season.
"We've got to continue to get better," King said. "There's areas we've got to continue to improve on offensively, defensively and in special teams.
"Our kick coverage is going to have to get better, we've got to limit the big plays we've allowed and produce a few of our own."
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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