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FIRING UP THE DEFENSE--Levelland defensive lineman Isiah Brown tried to fire up the Lobos’ defense during a timeout. The Lobos kicked off district with a 46-26 win over Estacado at Lobo Stadium last Friday. Levelland’s next game will be at home against Borger Friday. (Staff Photo)
 

The Levelland Lobos picked up their first district win of 2016 at home 46-26 against the Estacado Matadors last Friday.

The Lobos are now 5-3 on the season and 1-0 to start off district.

"I was pleased with our overall effort on the field. We had to fight for some things, but I liked how we came out of the locker room and played our game in the second half," explained Levelland Head Coach Jared Sanderson.

On offense, the Lobos racked up 583 yards of total offense against the Matadors

"Our kids played well on offense. We got back to what we do after a rough couple of past weeks. A lot of our success last week had to do with Nick being able to move and get outside the pocket," said the coach

"When Nick is able to be mobile he draws the attention of defenders. Most of our big plays come from Nick when he scrambles out the pocket," he continued.

Nick Gerber completed 32-46 passes for 468-yards and six touchdowns.

Noah Childers had eight receptions for 109-yards and one touchdown.

"Noah had a really good night. He spot plays for us, but when he got in last week he made the most of his opportunity," he explained.

Jeff Elliott finished the game with 11 catches for 167-yards and two touchdowns.

"Jeff had a big night," stated Sanderson. He was able to get loose behind the secondary for some big plays."

Receivers Zack Estrada, Daniel Hurn and Kegan Dent also had touchdown receptions during the game.

For the season, the Lobos are scoring right around 21 points in the third quarter.

After halftime, the Lobos come out and put opponents away in the third quarter.

The Lobos met their 21 points average last Friday when they faced Estacado.

"I do not know what it is about that quarter, but I do feel the leadership from our upper classmen helps trigger those third quarter outburst," explained Sanderson.

"We have a great group of seniors and a strong cast of leaders on the team this season," he added.

"These players are very coachable. We make adjustments at the half and the kids execute them well in the second half," he stated.

"When we are behind or in a tight one at the half, we always find a way to pull a way in the third quarter," Sanderson continued.

Sanderson said he does not mind points on the board in the third quarter, but he would like to see him team come out and jump on opponents earlier in the game.

"We need get into an offense groove early on in games. I liked our first drive last week, but then their defense stopped us on our next drive," stated Sanderson.

"We have to be able to put a complete game together. We left several points off the board last Friday, because we had turnovers in the red-zone," he said.

"We have to start taking better care of the ball and making the most of each possession," the coach added.

"Our defense also played well in the third quarter, but we gave up two touchdowns in the first and fourth quarter; we cannot do that," Sanderson explained.

The Lobos’ defense finished the game with one sack and three interceptions.

Hurn, Dent and Devin Lopez each picked-off a pass in the secondary.

"We had three picks and a sack, so as far as our effort goes, I was really proud of the defense," Sanderson said. "What we have been doing on defense here lately has been great, but we have to work on our tackling."

"Estacado has a good back and we struggled to get him down early on. Later in the game, we figured out how to contain him, so I like how the players responded to our adjustments," he said.

"Like the offense, I want to see us start faster and finish games strong," the coach continued. "We have given up way to many cheap points late in games."

"Braden Price had another good night up front. I think he finished the game with a sack and a couple of tackles for a loss," he stated.

Sophomores Jersson Hernandez and Devin Lopez played great for us. Hernandez made a huge fourth down stop and Lopez picked-off a pass," he explained.

"We had four sophomores play defense for most of the game," he added.

Friday the Lobos will rollout the welcome mat for the Borger Bulldogs.

"Right now, you cannot look at records. Borger has struggled this year, but we have to be a better team and play our best Friday," Sanderson.

"I want to see a complete game in all tree phases," stated the coach. "Again, I want us to start fast on both sides of the ball."

"On defense, They have a strong defensive line Our main focus is us and king sure we play our best Friday night

 


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