Longoria, top-ranked Lions thriving

Last Friday, Derek Longoria and the Brownwood Lions continued to demonstrate why they hold the top spot in Texas' 3A classification, walloping 2009 3A Division II state runner-up Graham, 37-7. The next opponent for the Lions is 4A Stephenville, which defeated Brownwood last year. What does Longoria anticipate this week?

"We made a couple of mistakes," said SMU commit Derek Longoria in regard to his team's 37-7 victory over Graham (1-1) last Friday, "but our defense shut them down. We had them on lockdown all night.

"They only managed to score on our second team and it was pretty fun. They played us close (28-27 Brownwood win) last year, and we heard that they were saying that we couldn't stop the run - that we can only stop the passing game."

What type of success did Graham have in establishing the running game Friday night?

"It wasn't happening," said Longoria. "Overall, I had 8-to-10 tackles and an interception, but another one of our defensive backs got flagged on the play where I picked off the pass.

"I didn't play the whole game, and I didn't play any offense (Longoria usually sees some action at RB). My back was a little sore from the game the week before and it was bothering me a little, so I only played defense. I've been going to the chiropractor and it's fine."

Stephenville, this week's opponent, blanked Brownwood last year, 35-0. The Yellowjackets are 1-1, having lost to Aledo in Week Zero.

"I think they're the No. 4 team in Class 4A," said Longoria. "We're not going to back down and hopefully we'll get the win. Last year, they were huge and fast - at least 260 pounds across the board - on the defensive line.

"We're ready for them. It's going to be their cowbells in the stands making noise against our fans' shakers."

Stephenville is led by RB James Myles.


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