Longhorns vs. Bulldogs Preview

JONES (0-1) vs. LINCOLN CHRISTIAN (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:00

Location: Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium, Jones, OK

Storyline:

The Jones Longhorns will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Bethany Brochos last week. The Bulldogs are riding high after a 52-14 win over Beggs last week. This will be the 7th straight season the Bulldogs and Longhorns have played. The Bulldogs own a 4-2 record and have won the last three contests.

Opposing Player to Watch

Lincoln Christian QB Max Brown. The Senior QB is a Central Michigan Commit. Brown is productive both on the ground and it the air. He showed off his rushing ability in the contest last year, rushing for 132 yards and 3 scores on 16 attempts. If the Longhorns want to upset the 3A runner-up from last year, they must contain Brown.

Key Matchup

QB1 vs. QB1. If you look through the High School football schedule for Friday Night you will be hard pressed to find a better matchup of Quarterbacks. It is amazing that the game that features two Division I QB commits will be in Jones, America. Under the lights of the new stadium, it should be worth the price of admission.

Return of the Band and Fans

It was great to see the stands full of fans and the band playing the national anthem last Friday.

Closing Drives

If you look at the stat book, last week Bethany outgained Jones by only 5 yards. The big difference was the Bronchos ability to close drives. The Longhorns were 5/14 on 3rd Down and 3/6 on 4th Down. Unfortunately all three of the turnovers on downs were drives that stalled inside the red zone. Moving the chains will be a key for the Longhorn offense.

Outlook

The Longhorns are in for tough test on Friday Night. This Lincoln Christian team is talented and deep. This will most likely be the most talented team Coach Martin and the Longhorns will face all year. Coach Martin has continually emphasized the need to continually improve. The team that takes the field in the November should be a much more complete team that took the field last week. The best way to make those strides is to improve just a little each week. Coach Martin identified areas in offense, defense and special teams that need to improve. This game should be a good barometer of the improving.

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