Lion defensive players getting pointers on the sideline on Friday night.
Coach Rowe's Livingston Lions Beat Down Houston Washington, HOUSTON, September 9, 2011 - In the second game of this young 2011 football season, the Livingston Lions went to Butler Stadium in Houston and took care of business. While the Lions exhibited gridiron supremacy over the Booker T. Washington Eagles, in all their domination, they still showed room for improvement (but we'll get to that in a minute). The offense clearly looked nearly unstoppable as they ran, passed, blocked and steam rolled their way to the endzone right from the git go. Their bread and butter running game was running like a well oiled machine. Running backs Devante Mays and Antonio White provided a one two punch for the ground game while Quarterback Chevoski Collins provided the element that must've had the Washington coaches pulling their hair out. Collins put on a highlight reel performance as he passed and ran the ball very well. I don't have the stats, but I think he threw two touchdown passes and ran for several touchdowns. Antonio White scored at least two touchdowns and Devante "Bull" Mays ran for at least two (one for over 70 yards). Mays has the size and the speed run over defenders in his path inflicting pain on would be tacklers. The offensive line blocked well (anchored by Cole Galloway and Dekarian Wyatt). The offense was so efficient that they only punted twice on the evening (both punts in the fourth quarter when the game was all but over).
While the defense has improved since the 2010 season, and the secondary has also improved, it appeared to this reporter that the secondary still needs a little tweaking. They stopped Washington's passing game effectively on several occasions, but also gave up a number of passes as well. The improved defense also took the Eagles' running game for the most part. At the end of the night it was Lions 54, Eagles 34. While the Eagles did score 34 points, the score is not quite indicative of how badly the Lions beat the Eagles. The game was a lopsided affair.
The 2011 Livingston Lions are quite fun to watch in every aspect of their game (offense, defense, special teams). Their next game is a home game against Huntsville on September 16th. Folks ya don't want to miss this game. Come on out, it's inexpensive and great fun!
Willie Openshaw, Editor
Head coach Randy Rowe stresses unity to his men in a game that epitomizes team sport.
Senior running back, Kyle Neal runs for good yardage and symbolizes Lion toughness.
The swarming defense shut down Washington's running game for most of the evening.
Devante "Bull" Mays has the nice combination of speed and size. Mays caps off a 70 plus yard touchdown run leaving the Eagle defense eating dust.
Punishment is what Mays dishes out to would be tacklers. (note the face of the tackler...he doesn't look like he's having fun).
Dangerous Speed: Chevoski Collins ran roughshod all over the Eagle defense.
Lion defenders sacked the Eagle quarterback at least five times on the night (be sure to see the highlight reel).
Quarterback Bryant McClendon looks to pass.
Defensive Back, Damion Collins forces a fumble.
Quarterback Chevoski Collins crosses the goal line again. By the end of the night, the Washington Eagles had seen enough of Chevoski Collins.
Wide Receiver, Jacoby Landers hauled in a long pass from Collins and put the Lions inside the 1 yard line for a first and goal situation that set up a Lions touchdown.
Jaime Aguilar kicks in an extra point.
Chevoski Collins also plays defense. In this image, Collins batted down a pass that was intended to be a touchdown.
Defensive End, Kade Burman leaps high to block a kick. Burman proved to be a nuissance for the Eagles throughout the game.
At the conslusion of the game, Quarterback, Chevoski Collins finally sat down.
Inspiring Words: Head Coach, Randy Rowe talks to his men at the conclusion of the game.
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