Longoria and Lions serve notice

On Thursday, Brownwood and SMU commit Derek Longoria served notice to the rest of the teams in the Texas Class 3A Division II bracket, scoring an amazing 88 points in a first-round playoff romp over Iowa Park.

"The game went good, except for the first quarter," said versatile Brownwood senior safety/punter/running back Derek Longoria, who is committed to SMU. "The first quarter took forever - 55 minutes - and the second quarter lasted around 50 minutes.

"We had a lot of penalties and they were tied 14-14 with us at one point. That had us on our toes, because we've taken and kept the lead in every game. We were thinking, 'what's going to happen here?'"

After the initial scare, however, the Lions settled down to blast Iowa Park by a final score of 88-24. Regardless of the lopsided margin of victory, Longoria left the field with respect for the 8-3 Hawks and their quarterback, Lee Clubb.

"We rolled after the first quarter, but their QB was danged good," Longoria said. "He's definitely an athlete. He scored all of their touchdowns."

A team player who avoids talking about his own individual accomplishments, Longoria didn't mention the fact that he picked off Clubb and returned the errant throw 60 yards. That play, however, was wiped out by an offsides penalty on Brownwood.

When quizzed about his biggest plays over the past few weeks, Longoria did finally acknowledge his passing prowess.

"I threw a touchdown pass on Thursday," he said. "It was on a 28 stretch where I look like I'm going to run the football. I've thrown three passes over the past two years and they've all gone for TDs. Last year was the first one - against Breckenridge.

"I've had about 18 tackles in the last few games, and I haven't had any interceptions. We've been holding every offense under 100 yards rushing, so the running backs don't usually make it into the secondary, and our corners have been either batting every pass away or intercepting it themselves.

"I've only punted once - against Wylie - and it went for about 60 yards."

This week, Brownwood will face the 9-2 Bridgeport Bulls.

"Coach Shipley says that they throw a lot and that they have a decent line," said Longoria. "I've heard that their quarterback is hard to tackle and hard to bring down. I'm ready to find out what they have."

Brownwood is 11-0 and has defeated every foe by at least 30 points.

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