By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large
At this point, perhaps, the Lehman Lobos are trying too hard. Who really knows?
The Lobos will try once more for that elusive first district win Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium, where they’ll play Del Valle. The Lobos are 3-4 overall and 0-2 in District 17-4A. Del Valle is 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the district.
Lehman took an especially disappointing loss last Friday, 52-22 at Elgin. It was a game in which Lehman’s small roster of 28 players didn’t play a role in its late collapse, since Elgin only has 24 players.
Instead, the game showed that Lehman’s problems truly are matters of execution, which continues to be a theme in east Kyle as head coach Steve Davis tries to whip up a tougher, more disciplined football team in the season’s last three weeks.
Against Elgin, the Lobos made four turnovers and one deadly special teams blunder when it allowed Elgin’s Justin Lee to return a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown right after Chris Duran’s six-yard touchdown run had brought the Lobos within 16-9 in the second quarter.
Little, tiny errors continue to haunt Lehman, whether it’s the difference between catching a pass or dropping it, putting a pass on the money or missing it, holding the ball or dropping it, missing an assignment or completing it, or any of the other small matters that matter a lot in the margins of a football game.
“It’s a game of inches,” Davis said, “and you have to take those inches.”
Now 0-16 in district football games during their three-year existence, the Lobos are in for another fight to resist the impulse to try doing too much, which is the source of many errors. When players try to run before they catch the ball, or they’re so determined to slip tackles that they lose track of ball security, that’s when games are lost.
Said Davis, “I tell them, ‘Inch by inch, it’s a cinch. Yard by yard, it’s hard.'”
Lehman senior running back R.J. Hardaway will try to reach 1,000 rushing yards tonight after carrying for 963 yards and 12 touchdowns in 135 attempts during the Lobos’ first seven games. Fullback Caleb Frank (269 rushing yards) and quarterback Chris Duran (249 rushing yards), supplement the Lehman ground game.
As usual, Duran’s sharpness throwing the ball will have a lot to say about how long the Lobos can keep their offense on the field. The senior quarterback has completed 38 of 95 passes for 627 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Del Valle is lagging this year after losing the skill power that made its teams so dangerous for the last two seasons. The Lobos will have to be especially mndful of Del Valle quarterback Jozef Cortez, who has completed 91 passes in 174 attempts for 1,141 yards. However, Cortez also has thrown six touchdowns against eight interceptions.
Aaron Chisolm leads the Cardinals rushing game with 408 yards in 48 carries, though Cortez had taken more carries. Cortez has 268 yards in 73 rushing attempts.Email | Print