WEEK 1 PREVIEW NEW DEAL LIONS VS SMYER BOBCATS
Updated: Sep 1
NEW DEAL LIONS VS SMYER BOB CATS
NEW DEAL, TEXAS 7:00PM
The 2020 football season will officially get underway Friday August 26th, the New Deal Lions (2-2A DI) host the Smyer Bobcats (2-2A DII) at Noland Stadium. In 2019, the Bobcats finished the season with a 6-5 record as a bi-district finalist. Led by Head Coach Scott Funke, Smyer will return all but 3 starters after only one offensive and two defensive players from last year’s squad graduated. QB/DB Ethan Ramirez, 6’3” 190lbs, will be the player to watch for the Bobcats. Paired with Mathew Rocha in the back field, Ramirez, will force New Deal to have to be able to stop the running game of a big running back and an even bigger quarterback.
During last week’s scrimmage against Abernathy (4-3A DII), the Lions’ defense came out hot: in the opening possession, the Lions’ forced three Antelope turnovers and did not allow Abernathy to cross their own 40-yard line. Corners, Damoria Hall and AZ Soliz, shut down the passing game and Linebackers Leric Eaton and Kendrick Nelson were able to roam the entire field as the New Deal Lions’ defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. The tone was set by the defense was continued by the offense. Lead by Harley Patterson, the Lions’ offense attacked with a balanced running and passing game. New Deal put points on the board during their first series when Kyler Reed made the Antelope CB bite on his first move and left him behind as he ran up the New Deal sideline and was met in stride by a well thrown ball by Patterson.
Some would say you cannot learn a lot from a scrimmage, but the Lions looked strong against Abernathy and traveling to a 3A school is a tough task. The Lions came away with high hopes for week one after performing so well against the Antelopes. Smyer will present a different set of challenges than Abernathy. However, if the opening night jitters do not get the best of them, the Lions should be 1-0 going into week 2.
South Plains Sports Prediction: New Deal - 35 : Smyer -12
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Post Antelopes vs Tolar Rattlers
Tahoka Bulldogs vs Plains Cowboys
Sundown Roughnecks vs Muleshoe Mules
Floydada Whirlwinds vs Tulia Hornets