When: Saturday, October 30, 4 PM
Where: Ernest Hawkins Field at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, Commerce, TX
Weather-71 and Sunny at Kickoff, with Temperatures dipping rapidly by 6 PM.
Radio-Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce)-Charlie Chitwood (Play by Play), Brock Callaway (Color/Analysis/Updates) or Stream via http://www.ketr.org
QB-Miklo Smalls, 6’2, 225 LBS, RS-JR, Plano, TX (Plano East)
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)
Crunch Time-Regional rankings have come out, and the Lions are not even in the top ten yet. One would maybe panic at this point but right now, there is no reason to. The Lions welcome a good UTPB team to The Hawk, and need a big win against a team with a winning record in region to make a case to be in the top 7. There are 3 weeks left to go, and a lot can, and will happen in those three weeks.
Cash That Check-With much love to Jake Viquez for all he has done in getting us points this year when the offense has sputtered in the red zone, I want touchdowns, and I’m sure Jake does too, because as much as he likes hitting field goals, Jake likes winning. Seriously though, moving the ball between the 20’s and getting turnovers deep in the team’s territory are writing checks. No point in writing them if you are not going to cash them. Score touchdowns, which means ball security, no stupid penalties, and no trying to be cute and play tricks. Just make routine plays and put the ball in the end zone, we have the talent to do it.
Defense-The Defense of this team is # 2 in the ENTIRE country. This is a defense I feel can stand up to ANY offensive attack and hold it at bay. They have done nothing but get better since the beginning of the season, and few teams have moved the ball on them with any real success. This defense has me pumped that if we win out, and make the playoffs, we could get some serious redemption in the postseason for how we played earlier. This unit, if they stay healthy, will get nothing but better.
Get that Man The Ball-JT Smith needs touches, and as many as possible. For those that do not know, JT was either the 3rd leg or anchor leg on the National Champion Sprint relay team this past spring. Think Reggie Kincaid 2.0, but with some extra football juice. If Smith gets the ball, watch out. Last week, he was the key in the Lion’s offensive attack. Find a way to get him the ball.
Get a big win-The Lions need a true statement win, something they have not had this year. A big win against a good UTPB team would be big for their shot at the Regional Rankings. The Falcons are a good team and have won big this year, and could win an LSC title. If the Lions play to their potential, a big win is not out of the question. A big win over UTPB, combined with some movements THAT WILL HAPPEN in the first set of regional rankings could give the Lions a big surprise come Monday morning.