Longoria visits SMU

Derek Longoria, the multi-faceted Brownwood star, recently watched SMU defeat Tulsa. What was his reaction and how are things going this season for the future Mustang?

The 2010 Brownwood Lions have strung together one of the most impressive seasons in recent prep football memory. The top-ranked 3A team has blazed through the competition, routing every foe by at least 30 points.

The "closest" game -- if you want to call it that -- came in Week Two, when the Lions walloped defending state-runner up Graham by a 37-7 margin.

For the season, the 8-0 Lions are averaging an amazing 54.6 points per game, and they haven't scored less than 54 points since Week Three.

During the summer, SMU secured a commitment from Brownwood's Derek Longoria, a versatile prospect who plays safety, running back, and is even an all-state punter.

Last weekend, Longoria watched SMU prevail over Tulsa. What were his thoughts on watching his future school and how has the season been progressing?

"I liked the game against Tulsa," he said. "I talked a good bit with Darius Joseph, the receiver from Abilene. I remembered him from the state 7-on-7 championships. I sat by him the entire time. We didn't really talk about recruiting; we just talked in general about things."

Longoria wasn't fazed by the fact that many SMU students were out of town last weekend due to Fall Break.

"I don't care how many fans are or aren't at a game," he chuckled. "All I care about is playing football."

What does Longoria have to say about his school's magical season?

"Well, first off," he laughed, "I got decleated in our last game. The quarterback tried to sprint through the line and I was blindsided by a wide receiver. It knocked the wind out of me, but I got up and got back to business.

"My tongue is bruised and there's a huge knot on it. It took me an hour to eat half a hamburger after the game.

"I don't have any of my stats yet from the last game. The coaches post them after the weekend and I'll see them this week, but I don't really care about stats much. All that matters is that we win.

"Snyder, the last team we played, is by far the best team we've faced. The previous week, I heard that we broke the (Big Spring) quarterback's leg. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but that's what I heard. I hope he's okay.

"We've been scoring on almost every drive and I haven't gotten to punt but one time lately. I had one punt against Snyder, and it was a 30-something yarder into the wind. I was just trying to make sure that I got it off."

Brownwood defeated 5-2 Snyder to the tune of 61-20. Big Spring (5-3) fell victim to the Lions by a 56-21 margin. Longoria and the Lions are open this week before Sweetwater (4-4) comes to town.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Brownwood's performance has been the fact that they've destroyed winning teams. Among the schools that the Lions have faced (and throttled): All Saints (6-2); China Spring (5-2); Llano (5-2); and Graham (5-2). The only Brownwood opponents with losing records are Stephenville (3-5) and Gatesville (2-5).

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