As of all of southeast Texas struggles to return to normal following the effects of hurricane Ike there is one thing that never changes and that is Texans love of high school football. Coach Randy Rowe’s Lions are set to return to action Tuesday September the 30th at 7:30 in Lumberton. The Lions look to get the district race off to a good start as they battle a tough Lumberton squad that’s coming off the schools first ever playoff appearance in 2007. The Lions displayed a lot of courage in their season opening loss at Bellville overcoming a large deficit and numerous turnovers to find themselves still in position to win the game in the fourth quarter.
ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL The 2008 version of the Lions will be led on offense by quarterback Dustin Harris who will give opposing defenders plenty of headaches with his ability to run and pass the football very effectively. Harris will have plenty of help on offense from the likes of RB Quinton Jackson, RB Jordan Nixon, RB Keaton Parker, WR/QB Josh Henderson, TE Colton Westcott, WR Brandon Prescott, WR Kevin Nettles, and newcomer RB/DB Undra Hollman proved he can pound the rock as well when called on. Paving the way for the talented Lion offensive skill group will be a young but scrappy offensive line. Anchoring the o-line will be the hard nosed senior center Victor Mathews he’s not big but he is plenty mean. Teaming up with Mathews to provide running lanes for the Lions will be OL Tommy Thinnes, OL Ben Lewis, OL Robert Rippy, OL Michael Lumpkin, and OL Mark Reynolds.
DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE! The stingy Lion defense will be led by senior Ricky Wagner who has a motor that never stops running as he makes plays from sideline to sideline from his defensive line spot. Wagner will be assisted in his efforts to shutdown opposing offenses by just to name a few LB Chris Landers, LB Buck Bland, DE Carlos Moreno, DE Devantee Ryans, DB Undra Hollman, DB Josh Henderson, DL Brandon McGowen, and DB Keith Wilson. Livingston can expect big things from the 2008 Lions as they move into a new district that is as football tradition rich as any in the state.
Clint Davis is a sports radio commentator for KETX 92.3
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