Scouting Longview

I’m going out to Guyer tomorrow to have some chit-chat with John Walsh and several players, but here’s what I know about Longview, the team that ended Guyer’s season last year in this very round with a 41-30 win.

The Lobos, much like Guyer, return all of their skill players from last year. And that’s a scary proposition. QB Aaron Johnson, who almost single-handily beat Guyer last year returns, as does RB Tyler McCray and WR Carey Fortson.

But some things have changed for the Lobos. Johnson is not the every-down quarterback. The Lobos like to split him out wide at times and get him in open space on little bubble screens where he can really do some damage.

And as great as Johnson was last year under center against Guyer, it was BY FAR his best game of his career, and still is. That had something to do with some coverage issues in the Guyer secondary and linebacker corps.

One thing I think we can all agree on is that Guyer’s secondary is head and shoulders above last year’s group, which featured many of the same faces.

The Lobos like to play smashmouth football. So does Guyer. Guyer’s offensive line has been on a roll lately, and that will have to continue on Saturday as they need to open up spacious holes for J.W. Walsh and Jaimaine Wilhite. On the defensive side, Guyer’s defense must continue to be opportunistic as it has been all season, no more than on Saturday against Ryan and Scotty Young. And they better be ready to see a heavy dose of the run for four quarters. Last year, the Wildcats held McCray in check until about the final eight minutes, when Longview pulled away on a couple of big McCray runs and a ginormous Johnson run on a key third-down conversion.

Longview has made a habit out of making things hairy early on in games this year, and pulling away late. That didn’t happen in wins against Waco Midway, which was won on a stopped two-point conversion, and Carrollton Newman Smith, which were both was last-minute a late victory by a field goal. But many other games have gotten out of hand in Longview’s favor in the fourth quarter.

If the Wildcats can force three turnovers and take care of the ball, I like their chances to win this game. More to come later this week…