Longhorns vs. Bronchos Preview

JONES (0-0) vs. BETHANY (0-0)

Schedule

  • Gates Open: 5:45
  • Ribbon Cutting: 6:45
  • Kickoff: 7:00

Storyline

There will be great expectations for the 2021 Longhorns. Fueled by a wealth of experience on both sides of the ball. Coach Dave Martin’s squad returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense. The Longhorns will be led by Senior Quarterback Carson May. The Iowa-bound signal caller threw for over 3,000 yards in 2020 and accounted for 40 TDs (26 in the air/14 on the ground). The Oklahoman ranked the Longhorns #2 in the class 2A preseason poll. The tradition rich Bronchos will try to rebound from a disappointing 5-6 record in 2020. The Oklahoman ranked Bethany #12 in the 4A preseason poll.

Rematch

The Longhorns and Bronchos last met in the opening game of the 2020 season on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. Jones beat Bethany 31-7 in that contest. Carson May was 19-28 for 178 yards and two Touchdowns to go with 100 yards and a Touchdown on 13 carries on the ground.

Opposing Player to Watch

Keep an eye out for 6-2 WR/DB Jocelyn Malaska for the Bronchos. Malaska likely won’t leave the field all night for Bethany. Malaska will play defensive back for Texas Tech and would love nothing more than to steal an interception or two from Carson May.

Key Matchup

Bethany Offense vs. Jones Defense. The Longhorns should be able to move the ball against the Bronchos. If the Longhorn defenders can slow down the Bronchos it will be a long night for Bethany.

New Home

The Longhorns get to show of their new stadium for the first time Friday night. It makes it even more exciting that the first two opponents will be storied teams from upper divisions. The Community is in for a real treat.

A Word from the Superintendent

“On Friday, August 27th, we will experience our first game in the newly renovated Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium. We know the community will be excited to be a part of this experience, and they will be very proud of the final product. Operations will be close to what you’re familiar with other than a few changes. Parking will NOT be available along the west of the stadium or between the baseball and softball fields. This area will need to be clear for emergency vehicles. Also, the “old concession stand” and restrooms are gone. All restroom facilities are located in the south end zone next to the new concession stand. There’s plenty of seating, and each seat is in a prime location. The gates open at 5:45, there is a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45, and the game starts at 7 pm. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, so we can show off our new stadium.” -Dr. Carl Johnson

Return of the “Town Hall”

Last year, the fans could not enter the field after the game for the “Town Hall” due to COVID protocols. Family and friends may enter the field AFTER the conclusion of the 4th Quarter. Pro Tip: No food, drink or chewing gum on the new turf.

Fearless Prediction

Jones 34 – Bethany 13. Carson May throws for 2 TDs and runs for another and the Longhorn Defense holds Bethany Scoreless for first half.

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