The Levelland Lobos will be traveling to Fort Stockton Friday to take on the Clint Lions in a Class 4A Division 1 bi-district match-up.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. and Levelland schools will be dismissing early to provide adequate travel time. Travel time is three and a half to four hours.
Admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for students.
The pep rally will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
Head Coach Jared Sanderson says he doesn’t know much about Clint, which is located in the eastern part of El Paso County in a school district that has four high schools.
Clint has played mostly El Paso area and New Mexico teams.
Clint fell to El Paso 41-20 in its season opener; beat Austin, an El Paso school 33-14; beat Horizon, another El Paso school, 48-30 and fell to Hatch Valley in New Mexico, 14-7. It beat Tornillo, 53-0; fell to a Silver City, N.M. team 24-7 and beat Fabens, 29-13. It beat Mountain View, an El Paso school, 49-6 and San Elizario, 68-27. It fell to Andrews, 49-6 last Friday.
Sanderson says Clint runs the ball out of the wish bone and run option. The quarterback does a good job running the show, Sanderson adds.
He says Clint plays fast but the team is not very big up front but makes up for it by being pretty fast.
Clint has height in the secondary which could present a problem if Levelland doesn’t up the ball up a little bit.
“Our defense can’t allow big plays,” he says, adding that the Lobos should be able to man up and get a lot of contact in during the game.
He concludes that being in the playoffs is unchartered water for the Lobos. The last time the Lobos advanced into the playoffs was in 2007. The last time the Lobos won a bi-district game was in 1996.
“We just have to approach it as just another game,” he said, acknowledging that is tough.
As for last Friday’s 70-64 overtime victory over Pampa, Sanderson says the entire team did a great job.
The Lobos accumulated 758 yards of total offense including 494 on passes.
“Nick Gerber, of course, played a great game. I especially appreciate the way he has matured, especially since starting district.” says Sanderson. Gerber is a sophomore.
He completed 29 of 40 passes for 494 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Gerber also carried the ball nine times for 78 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Qualin Miller led the rushing offense with 19 carries for 167 yards.
Nathan Gonzales carried the ball four times for 37 yards.
Sanderson is especially proud that eight guys caught passes during the game. “That’s really impressive and makes it hard for an opponent to defend,” he adds. “It makes for a good, physical night.”
Trenton Jones caught eight passes for 180 yards and four touchdowns.
Tandon Jones caught six passes for 84 yards; Michael Godbolt caught three for 29 yards; Jeremiah Ramirez caught two for 20 yards; Jeffrey Elliott caught three for 113 yards and the overtime touchdown; Lukas Bontrager caught three for 30 yards; Daniel Hurn caught three for 38 yards and Qualin Miller caught one.
Sanderson praises the offensive line which provided opportunities for effective runs and passes.
He says Qualin Miller did a good job running and even made yards after contact.
He is also proud that the defense has improved. “It has gotten better, especially in the back. The defense adjusted well in the second half,” adds Sanderson, saying that the defense will be critical in preventing big plays Friday.
Isaiah Cortez had 10 tackles and eight assists while Alex King had eight tackles and three assists.
Michael Godbolt had seven tackles and six assists and Nate Gonzales has seven tackles and three assists. Paul Ochoa had five tackles and eight assists; AB Ramirez had four tackles and three assists; Matt Trammel had two tackles and an assist and Brian Martin had two tackles and four assists. Kody Duncan, Braden lamb, Michael Mata, Daniel Hurn and Braden Price all had a tackle. Mata, Roy Flores, Chris Simmons, Tyler Hastings, Adrian Rodriguez, Ryan Davis and Dominick Puente were all credited with defensive assists. Ramirez and Gonzales both had sacks during the game against Pampa.
“It was a great team effort all the way around,” he said.