When: Thursday, September 1, 7 PM
Where: Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium, Commerce, TX
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms. Low 71F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%
Radio-Lion Sports Network – KETR 88.9 FM, Commerce (http://www.ketr.org) Charlie Chitwood (Play By Play) Brock Callaway (Color/Analysis) BJ Laudermilk (Sidlines)
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Quarterback Jagger LaRoe- The Dallas native and Ohio State transfer looks to take the reigns of the Lion Offense. He has battled another impact player for QB1 status and we will see what potential this highly touted transfer really is.
Quarterback Ja’ive Magalei- The Man who started the first 5 games of the season last year may not be the starter, but I can guarantee you he will see playing time Thursday night, unless Mother nature calls it off (let’s hope it doesn’t). Our sources inside the program have said that he has “come a country mile and a half” from last year, and he was not exactly a scrub last season. Don’t be shocked if you see him more than you might think.
Running Back/Receiver JT Smith- I have said it once, and I will say it as many times as I have to. Y’all better RECOGNIZE JT Smith. He has the kind of speed you can’t coach and only a few humans on this planet have. He has two gold medals for national titles for a reason. Find a way to get him the ball and see what he can do, and I don’t care how you do it.
Defensive Lineman Ben Hutch-Hutch showed up last year and made an immediate impact. He anchors a pretty strong defensive line. Aside from being a good pass rusher and run stopper, he is a sound fundamental player and does the little things like deflecting passes at the line.
Punter Mitchell McGarry-Our leg of thunder from Down Under, the Aussie punter had a massive turn around from the way he started his time as punter, and now the job is his and his trend line is going UP. If the offense sputters or gets behind the chains, this guy has shown he is past the point of letting things like the wind get to him. Don’t dismiss him because he is the punter. They are critical in tight games, and we will have some this year.
Well, this is it. We are a Division I football program. Lincoln University of California comes to Texas and this looks to be a walk in the park matchup. LU lost their season opener to Webber International in Florida, but they will come to play. I have seen film, and they play hard, they are just outmatched. This game will allow us to see what we have from starters to reserves to even guys 3-4 deep on the depth chart. Are we better on offense than last year? The Air Raid offense returns to Commerce and a lot of the assistants on offense are Air Raid disciples. Will Kyle Williams become the next great defensive coordinator to lead the Blue Gang Defense? Are we more disciplined? Can the O-Line keep LaRoe or Magalei upright? When JT Smith get the ball, will his speed really kill? Is our defensive backfield up for the challenge of Division I?
A lot of questions, and all will be revealed in due time.