Learning from the Lobos

Scrimmage against Longview helps varsity team prepare for season


Photo by Jonathan Naples

Quarterback Rian Cellers hands off the ball to running back Tracy Cooper while head coach Gerry Stanford watches the play from midfield at Lobo Stadium in scrimmage against Longview High School. The Tigers identified their strengths and weakness in the match-up against a defending 6A-2 champions.

Story by Doug Kyles, staff writer

In a scrimmage last week against the defending 6A-2 champions, the Tigers got their first glimpse of their potential in a match up against the Longview Lobos.

Considering last year’s struggles and failure to make the playoffs, the team has a positive view of their chances this year. 

“The scrimmage shows that we have a chance to go to state,” senior safety Marquavius Fisher said. “This team, this year is better because we work as a team.”

The starting offensive line is, almost without exception, new. Although inexperienced, they received praise from their upperclassmen. 

“This year’s line is really young,” junior quarterback Rian Cellers said. “There is not a lot of room to improve. Our receivers executed the plays right; running plays were executed well too.”

The Tigers’ defensive line made a strong debut in last Friday’s scrimmage. Similar to the offense, many new faces are in the huddle. The defensive line worked well together throughout the game, displaying tremendous effort.

“[The defensive line is] pretty young too,” Cellers said. “They stopped [the Lobo offense] when they needed to be stopped.”

Overall, the Tigers are excited by the new bond of this year’s team and are optimistic of how the team will perform in their second year in District 7.

“As a team, I just know we have way better chemistry than last year,” senior receiver Kobe Webster said. “There’s a bond, we are more of a family. We got each others’ back from the beginning of everything.”

The Tigers head to Waxahachie Thursday to face Pflugerville Hendrickson in a tough, non-district matchup. While this game has no effect on whether the team goes to the playoffs, it will serve as a way for others to see if Texas High football is all it’s cracked up to be.

“It’s our first real game, it’s not a scrimmage, so everything will be live,” Cellers said. “It’s a show of what we’ll be and how we’ll look this season and hopefully we’ll make it to the playoffs.”