When: Saturday, September 11, 6 PM
Where: Choctaw Stadium (Formerly Globe Life Park) Arlington, TX
Weather: Sunny and 93 Degrees at Kickoff, Wind NNW @ 9 MPH
Radio-Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce)-Charlie Chitwood (Play by Play), Brock Calloway (Color/Analysis/Updates) or Stream via http://www.ketr.org
Live Stats Link-http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=364484
Offense (Multiple Formations)
QB-Jaiave Magalei 6’3, 235 LBS, RS-JR, Tacoma, WA (Lakes)
RB-Antonio Leali’ie’e 5’11, 210 LBS, SR, Copperas Cove, TX (Copperas Cove)
WR-Kenedy Snell, 5’9, 190 LBS, SOPH, Waxahachie, TX (Waxahachie)
WR-Kevin Ledee, 6’5, 190 LBS, RS-SOPH, Cypress, TX (Cypress Ridge)
WR-Chance Cooper, 6’3, 205 LBS, SR, Leander, TX (Rouse)
TE-Chris Dascher, 6’2, 250 LBS, RS-SOPH, Boca Raton, FL (Olympic Heights)
OL-Amon Simon, 6’5, 290 LBS, RS-SR, Atascocita, TX (Atascocita)
OL-Travis Daft, 6’1, 255 LBS, RS-JR, Prosper, TX (Prosper)
OL-Christian Hernandez, 6’1, 285 LBS, RS-SR, Frisco, TX (Lone Star)
OL-Richard West, 6’6, 240 LBS, RS-JR, San Antonio, TX (East Central)
OL-Anthonie Thomas, 6’8, 320 LBS, JR, Houston, TX (Madison)
DE-Elijah Earls, 6’0, 240 LBS, RS-SR San Antonio, TX (Stevens)
DT-Bryson Stewart, 6’2, 250 LBS, FRESH, Missouri City, TX (Ridgepoint)
NT-Devin Beamon, 6’1, 290 LBS, JR, Forney, TX (Forney)
DE-Jaylon Hodge, 6’0, 275 LBS, RS-SR, Houston, TX (Fort Bend Travis)
LB-Michael Noble, 6’1, 230 LBS, SOPH, Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)
LB-Cedrick Wilcox III-6’0, 235 LBS, SR, Port St. Lucie, FL (Treasure Coast)
DB-Darius Williams, 5’9, 185 LBS, RS-JR, Fort Worth, TX (Arlington Heights)
DB-Dominique Ramsey, 5’9, 180 RS-SR, Converse, TX (Judson)
DB-Kader Kohou, 5’11, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Euless, TX (Trinity)
DB-Alex Shillow, 5’10, 185 LBS, RS-JR, Pflugerville, TX (Pflugerville)
DB-D’Ante Smith, 6’0, 185 LBS, FRESH, Richardson, TX (Berkner)
PK-Jake Viquez, 5’10, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Rockwall, TX (Rockwall)
Punter-Mitchell McGarry, 6’3, 210 LBS, RS-FR, Queensland, Australia, (Gregory-Portland HS)
Holder-Matt Childers, 6’4, 190 LBS, RS JR, Henderson, TX (Henderson)
Deep Snapper-Wyatt Leath, 6’4, 245 LBS, SR, Sunnyvale, TX (Sunnyvale)
Returner-DB-Kader Kohou, 5’11, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Euless, TX (Trinity)
Returner-DB-Dominique Ramsey, 5’9, 180 RS-SR, Converse, TX (Judson)
While not being played in Commerce, this is the closest that we have had to a home game in a long time. The team that comes knocking is Midwestern State, a team that always gives the Lions a tough out. Last time we met with our good friends from Northwest Texas, we pummeled them and beat them in all 3 facets of the game. There is a desire within Bill Maskill to wipe that memory from his mind, and no doubt the current MSU players who were there are not used to getting hammered like they did in Commerce 2 years ago. They will bring their fans, and is half the distance to Commerce, so lets get ready for a large MSU contingency. Here are the keys to the game.
Overall-DO NOT OVERLOOK TO NEXT WEEK. I cannot repeat how important that is. It is in the nature of teams to overlook an opponent and read their press clippings. If we drop this game, next week’s game means not near what it would mean if we came into the game undefeated. MSU will come to play, so we need to be ready. I know, who can’t wait for West Florida at the Hawk next Saturday? But it is that just that, NEXT Saturday. Have to take care of business THIS Saturday.
Offense-THROW, THROW, THROW, THROW, and then run. MSU’s pass defense is very vulnerable given their performance against an average Quincy squad. If there ever was a time to throw it all over the yard, Saturday woul dbe a good time to try it. If the passing game overwhelms MSU, expect them to drop 6-7 guys back into coverage and then use the running game to gash the Mustang Defense. If the Lion offensive line plays well and there are few mistakes made, that should get the Lions in a good position to put this one away early, but that is just one part of the equation.
Defense-The Lion Secondary will get tested much more than it did last week. Dillion Sterling-Cole is a good passer and has the look of a good QB with good pocket presence. The MSU O-Line is pretty good in their own right. If you are the Lion defense, assignment defense is a MUST with a good QB and a good line to protect them. Blitzing at different times may or may not work, it depends on how MSU adjusts, but keep the pressure ON. This will be a chess game between the MSU offensive staff and DC Xavier Adibi. It will be interesting to see how a loaded Lion secondary faces this challenge.
Special Teams-Lions have the clear advantage hear and need to use it. Jake Viquez might be the most feared kicker in the conference right now but not just because of his ability to put through 50 plus yard field goals, but because of his mastery of the pooch kick. Those things cause turnovers if you don’t have a good hands team on the return unit. Also, now that they will not be kicking into a mini hurricane, seeing how Mitchell McGarry our Aussie punter does. He needs to get reps but hopefully not too many because our offense needs to score. When Ramsey or Kader get the ball kicked to them, they need to set up good returns.
Rest of the LSC Action-
West Texas A&M @ Texas-Permian Basin-The Buffs will win in a nailbiter, but no shock if Justin Carrigan has his team beating WT. It could happen.
21 Angelo State @ Chadron State-Rams will roll in this one. Chadron is down and out.
Western Colorado @ Western New Mexico-I think these Mustangs will join the Lions and the Rams in being 2-0. Western is miles ahead of what I thought they would be, so im going with them.
Eastern New Mexico VS. Adams State-Hounds win in a tight fashion.
Texas A&M-Kingsville VS. Western Oregon-WOU takes a close win over the Hoggies.