When: Saturday, September 25, 7 PM
Where: Javelina Stadium, Kingsville, TX
Weather: 81 Degrees and Sunny @ Kickoff, Wind 11 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
QB-Jaiave Magalei 6’3, 235 LBS, RS-JR, Tacoma, WA (Lakes)
QB-Eric Rodriguez, 5,11, 190 LBS, FRESH, Missouri City, TX (Fort Bend Travis)
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-Kader Kohou, 5’11, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Euless, TX (Trinity)
Returner-Dominique Ramsey, 5’9, 180 RS-SR, Converse, TX (Judson)
Going for in 9 in a row-In the history of this stories series where both programs have won multiple conference and national championships and placed some alums in impressive places in the professional football world, no team has won 9 straight. The Lions own the streak for most wins in a row, with 8 straight. A couple have been close but most have been blowouts. It is a rivalry, so throw out the record books and get ready for a game.
Asking Offensive Questions-I got a lot of good feedback on my statistical analysis of why the offense is struggling so much. We have 3 quarterbacks on this team currently, and though I have not been told this for sure, some observers have noticed that Jaiave Magalei does not look 100% from a health perspective and that might be a big reason why the offense is really sputtering. The offensive line is doing their job, the running backs are averaging 140ish yards per game, but when you are only averaging 289 yards of total offense and other teams are outdoing you in just one category, it might be time to make a call to the bullpen as Russ noted earlier this week.
We Need This-A convincing win over Kingsville would firmly put the Lions back into the Division II Top 25 poll and move them closer to getting back into the AFCA ratings. That loss to Midwestern State is looking better and better as it looks like MSU will be the one to challenge the Lions for LSC supremacy, and right now, they are leading and undefeated in both overall and conference play. Right now the fan base is very anxious and not happy, a big road win over a long time rival that has a winning record would be just what the doctor ordered.
Defense Needs Rest-The defense cannot be on the field playing both offense and defense. If the Lion offense can move the ball and keep the defense off the field for a decent period of time, the Lions win this game because the defense has done their job all year. The offense cannot leave the defense on the field at all times and if the defense gets a turnover, they need to turn those into points, and preferably touchdowns. One hand will help feed the other.
Eastern New Mexico @ Midwestern State-Hounds put up a fight, but the Mustangs are too much.
Texas-Permian Basin @ Western New Mexico-Aside from the long trip, that is the only test the Falcons will get as they will get a good win over the Mustangs.
West Texas A&M VS. Colorado-Mines-The Buffs will get a huge test as they face a top ten Mines team on The South Plains, but Mines looks to be a bit better than the Buffs.
Angelo State @ Central Washington-Tough Challenge for the Rams, but I believe they squeak one out up in the Pacific Northwest against CWU.