Greetings, Lions fans, it’s that time again. What the majority of Texans see as something just short of Christmas Day. The opening weekend of football. The dog days of summer are gone, and while the heat remains, the sport of passion, tradition, and pure excitement have returned. From Division 1 all the way down to the numerous youth leagues throughout the state, Football is back.
Let’s get down to it. How does the Lion offense shape up against a traditionally tough Javelina defense?
For the most part, the Lions have seemingly done a great job of reloading an explosive offense. The notable departures are Luis Perez, Jared Macharro, and D’Arthur Cowan. Those are some big shoes to fill. According to sources familiar with the events of the past spring and fall camp, not only have those shoes been filled, but have an opportunity to be even better. The offensive line has started to jell and is making progress. Kane Wilson, a standout junior college transfer, has stepped up and won the starting job at Quarterback. He’s picked up the offense quickly. He appears to have all the ingredients-Size, speed, arm strength, and mobility-to be the latest in a long line of star Lion QB’s.
The receiving corps returns largely intact except for Cowan, and Buck Wilson. Vincent Hobbs is one of the best tight ends in all of Division 2, Marquis Wimberly, and Darrion Landry lead what could be the best position group in the conference. Kelan Smith was a pleasant surprise filling in for an injured Wilson during last season’s championship run.
The running backs have a chance to be even better. Both Carandale Hale and EJ Thompson provide a terrific one two punch, and with the addition of Ovie Urevbu, now give Coach Matt Storm a three-headed monster to unleash on opposing Lone Star Conference defenses. The same sources that reported on the progress of the offensive line also mention that there is a real standout runner among the transfers/true freshmen.
The Lions have owned the series with the Javelinas in recent history, including last year’s 38-7 win in Kingsville. The Lion offense is loaded. The game is in the friendly confines of The Hawk, and ESPN will be in town. There are so many reasons to be excited, Lion Fans. Let’s pack the stadium. It’s time to unleash the beast.
See You at The Hawk.