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After two straight home losses, the latest a 63-19 loss to St. Pius the Lobos hope to get back in the win column with a victory over Estacado Friday.

"A lot of people think I am crazy, but I feel like we got a lot better last Friday, stated Jared Sanderson, Levelland Head Coach.

"More than anything, I think our mentality changed. Being able to play against a team of that caliber showed us we can play with anyone," Sanderson said.

"We shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and our defense gave up too many big plays, but other than those two things I thought we played well," he continued.

"In the near future, that loss against St. Pius will help us be a better football team. They are a good football team," Sanderson added.

"St. Pius will be one of the best teams we play this season and it was a great learning experience. Those guys were big athletic, fast and strong. In my opinion, they can beat some good 6A schools," he stated.

The second half Lobos started to find their rhythm in the third quarter and put together a good drive.

"Well, we have always been a second half team. All year long our guys have believed in each other and trusted our system," said Sanderson.

"Our mentality coming out of the locker room for the third quarter was go win the second half," he continued. "We take away some of their big plays and cut down on our mistakes, and we maybe have ourselves a different ball game."

The Lobos’ offense racked yards during last Friday’s game, but only found the end-zone twice.

"We moved the ball well and racked up a bunch of yards, especially in the second half. In that third quarter, our offense settled down and got in a groove," stated the coach.

"Nick Gerber’s mobility was limited, but he still found a way to run the offense. Another thing that I was proud of was our run game," he added.

Sophomore Chris Gerber powered the Lobos’ run game with nine carries for 84-yards and one touchdown.

"Chris had a good game on the ground. He ran hard and fought for everything he got last week," he stated.

"Qualin Miller also had some tough runs during the game. Those guys both had good games carrying the ball," Sanderson explained.

"But, those guys could not run the way they did without our big boys up front. I thought for the most part our offensive line handled what the St. Pius’ defense was throwing at them well," he continued.

Jeff Elliott led the Lobos’ receiving core last Friday. He finished the game with eight receptions and a 159-yards.

"Jeff played well, he made some big catches on key downs. He also got behind their secondary a couple of times for a big gain," said Sanderson.

The Levelland defense struggled with making open field tackles and plays on the ball.

"We were in position several times, they just got on top for a big play. We also have to tackle better in space. We cannot miss tackles in the open field," the coach said.

"Our defensive line looked better last week. We squeezed through a few times and got some pressure on their quarterback," he explained.

"Christian Perez and Zeke Bermea each had good games. They were all over the field making plays. We did a good job of fitting the run," Sanderson stated.

"As far as run defense goes, we have gotten a lot better as a team. I thought we had some guys played really well against a vert talented offense," he said.

The Lobos have dropped their last two games at home, and will look to bounce back with their district opener Friday at Lobo Stadium.

The Estacado Matadors will roll into town riding a four game win streak and on defense, the Matadors have only given up one touchdown in their last four games.

"These players are excited and ready to get back on the field. mentally we are in a good place heading into our district opener," said Sanderson.

"Estacado is on a four game win streak, and they have done a good job of out scoring opponents. During their streak, they are out scoring teams, 118-7," he continued.

"It is another game where we will have to adapt to a teams speed and size up front," explained Sanderson.

"The key for us to get a win is jump on them early," stated the coach. "We have struggled with starting fast this season. We have to play fast and be consistent the entire game."

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