# 24 Texas A&M-Commerce Lions VS. Texas-Permian Basin Falcons-Storylines, Starters, and Stuff You Need To Know.

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Texas-Permian Basin Falcons

When: Saturday, November 9, 4 PM

Where: Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium, Commerce, TX

Weather: Sunny and 62 Degrees at Kickoff, Wind North @ 5 MPH

Watch/Listen/Stats:

Radio: Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce) or stream http://www.ketr.org Charlie Chitwood (Play By Play), Brock Calloway (Color/Analysis) BJ Laudermilk (Studio/Updates)

Watch: http://www.lonestarconferencenetwork.com/commerce/

Stats: http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=tame

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Projected Starters:

Offense (Multiple)

QB- Miklo Smalls, RS-Soph, 6’2, 185 LBS, Plano, TX (Plano East)

RB-Antonio Lealilee, RS-Junior, 5’11, 210 LBS, Copperas Cove, TX (Copperas Cove)

WR- Ryan Stokes, Senior, 6’3, 185 LBS, St Louis, MO (McCluer North)

WR- Kelan Smith, RS-Junior, 6’1, 170 LBS, Dallas, TX (First Baptist Academy)

WR- Greg Craddick, Sophomore, 6’6, 185 LBS, Converse, TX (Judson)

TE- Tyler Guice, Senior, 6’3, 250 LBS, Atlanta, GA (Eagles Landing)

LG- Deion Malone, Senior, 6’3, 295 LBS, Batesville, MS (South Panola)

LT- Amon Simon, RS-Junior, 6’5, 275 LBS, Humble TX, (Atascocita)

C- Christian Hernandez, Sophomore 6’1, 265 LBS, Frisco, TX (Lone Star)

RT- Richard West, Sophomore, 6’6, 240 LBS, San Antonio, TX (East Central)

RG- Dixon Siuele, Junior, 6’2, 305 LBS, Pago Pago, American Samoa, (Samoana)

Defense-(4-2-5)

NT- Pierre Leonard, Senior, 5’10, 300 LBS, Tyler, TX (John Tyler)

DT- Chris Williams, Senior, 6’1, 285 LBS, Atlanta, GA (Sandy Creek)

DE- Elijah Earls, RS-Junior, 6’0, 240 LBS, San Antonio, TX (Stevens)

DE- Jaylon Hodge, Junior, 6’0, 275, Houston, TX (Fort Bend Travis)

LB- Dominique Ramsey, RS-Junior 5’9 180 LBS, Converse, TX (Judson)

LB- Terrell Collins, Senior, 6’0, 245 LBS, St. Louis, MO (Hazelwood Central)

LB- Jalon Edwards-Cooper, Senior, 5’11, 175 LBS, Spring, TX (DeKaney)

LB- Neema Behbahani, Senior, 6’1, 230 LBS, Plano, TX (Plano)

DB- Sammy Gray, Senior, 5’11, 180 LBS, Elk Grove, CA (Cosumnes Oaks)

DB- LA Dawson, Senior, 6’0, 180 LBS, Austin, TX (Lyndon B. Johnson)

DB- Felipe Chambers, 6’1, 190 LBS, Fair Oaks, CA, (Del Campo)

Specialists-

Placekicker-Jake Viquez, RS-Junior, 5’10, 190 LBS, Rockwall, TX (Rockwall)

Place Holder-Preston Wheeler, Senior, 6’3, 200 LBS, Austin, TX (Bowie)

Punter-Andrew Gomez, Junior, 6’2, 210 LBS, Richardson, TX (Richardson)

Long Snapper-Wyatt Leath, Junior, 6’4, 245 LBS, Rockwall, TX (Heath)

Return Specialist-Dominique Ramsey, RS-Junior 5’9 180 LBS, Converse, TX (Judson)

Return Specialist-Kader Kohou RS-Junior, 5’11, 190 LBS, Euless, TX (Trinity)

Storylines: Time flies when you are having fun, and this season has been loads of fun, especially games at the Hawk. In 4 games, the Lions have dominated all opponents and this class could be 1 of only 2 classes in the past 10 years that has been undefeated at home, and tomorrow should be no exception. It could be the the last home game we play this season, and that should mean something for this group of Seniors, many of whom played on the National Championship team 2 years ago.

UTPB is a program on the rise and I actually root for them with the notable exception of when they play the Blue and Gold of course. UTPB has been slowly inching closer and closer to getting out of the bottom half of the Lone Star Conference. Their school and student body is totally behind them and they want winning football in the Permian Basin. They picked up a huge conference win, beating Eastern New Mexico for the first time in school history last week. They also came within a score of defeating a defending national champion last year. This team plays hard. They do not have the horses right now to contend, but they do have the heart, and sometimes heart can and does beat talent. If the Lions want to make a final home statement at home, tomorrow would be the perfect time. Hopefully it will be the type of win that allows starters to rest some and guys down on the depth chart some playing time. Because next week the playoffs start, and they start with Angelo State. But first, the biggest game of this season is UTPB, and it is time to have a take no prisoners approach and put this one away early and convincingly.

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