Longoria, Lions get revenge

In 2009, Class 4A Stephenville defeated the Brownwood Lions, but things turned out differently this year. SMU commit Derek Longoria had a huge night for Brownwood , which ran its record to 3-0 with a 33-point drubbing of the Yellowjackets last Friday.

"The score made it look easy," said Brownwood senior Derek Longoria of his team's 49-16 win over Stephenville, "but we had to play our hardest to come out with the W. We only led, 14-10, at the half.

"We held their running back, James Myles, to only 76 yards; he had 180 against Aledo. They like the power running game and throw less than 10 times a game and our defensive coordinator, Coach Howard, had a good scheme that prepared us well.

"I had an interception, 11 tackles, and I scored a touchdown on a 51-yard screen pass.

"The pick came in the end zone. They had a 3rd-and-2 just inside our 30, and they tried to throw into the back of the end zone. I read it perfectly, jumped, and caught it.

"On the screen pass, I had gained 15 yards (at RB) on the previous play. Our coach called the screen and I got the ball and took off. It's a play where our quarterback rolls to the right and I wait on the left.

"He threw it back to me and it turned out that both of their linebackers had blitzed on the play. I was free in the open field and beat their two cornerbacks and a safety - breaking three arm tackles along the way."

This week, Brownwood puts its 3-0 record on the line vs. 2-1 Llano.

"They're talking about how they're going to end our winning streak," Longoria said of Llano, "but I don't think they know what they're up against. We'll find out at 7:30 P.M. tomorrow night.

"They're primarily a running team that likes to run the power and the sweep. They have a 6-foot-7 quarterback who is a monster in size, compared to most other players."

Longoria, an SMU commit who plays safety, running back and punter for Brownwood, gave complete credit to his head coach, Bob Shipley, for the Lions' fast start.

"Our conditioning - all the sprints and work that Coach Shipley has had us do - is what has helped us the most this year," he said.

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