Mavs need defensive team effort to stop rivals
Sept. 6, 2017 at 4 a.m.
Finding a rivalry as historic as that of Marshall and Longview is a hard thing to do. Friday's meeting between the two will be the 107th as the Lobos have a record of 59-42-5 against the Mavericks.
Claude Mathis is in his first year as head coach of the Mavs but he has a strong appreciation for the historic rivalry.
"Just knowing Longview and knowing Marshall, and just hearing about how tickets are being sold, everybody is beating down the door for tickets, and just talking with the community, you can really appreciate it," Mathis said. "That's what football is all about, especially Texas football."
Mathis says it will be anything but easy for the Mavs to earn their 43rd win against the Lobos.
"We've got to be physical against those guys," Mathis said. "They're going to be a physical ball club. They're going to play smash-mouth football. Coach (John) King has been doing this for a long time and those Lobos have a lot of tradition so it's going to be one of those things where defensively, we have to step up to the plate and we've got to be physical up front."
Mathis added that the Lobos offense can give many looks.
"They can be in the spread, they'll be in the I, it just depends on what they want to be in but most of all, they'll be with a tight end probably with an offset back in the I."
When asked what Lobos players can give the Mavs a hard time, Mathis simply answered, "all of them."
"They have a good front," Mathis said. "Their offensive line is pretty good. Their guard, I think No.64 is really good, he's coached really well. Their offensive line is coached really well. They've done a tremendous job with their offensive line. I know they've rotated some quarterbacks in last week's game but they have the skill guys to go along with the offensive line."
Three Lobos saw action at quarterback last week. Senior A'Darius Carter went 4-for-4 for 55 yards. Sophomore Haynes King went 1-for-1 with 48 yards a touchdown. Senior Jordan Lawson finished by going 6-of-12 for 24 yards. Wide receiver Kamden Perry caught four passes for 75 yards and one touchdown. Jessie Anderson had 15 carries for 124 yards and one touchdown. Keilyn Williams had two carries for 63 yards.
In order to slow down the Lobos, the Mavs will look to guys like Marje Smith who came away with eight tackles and one sack last week.
Omar Acuna tacked on another sack as did Ed Silas who had four tackles, three of which were behind the line of scrimmage. Defensive back Champ Mathis had 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Jar Washington had nine solo tackles.
"We need everybody," Mathis added. "It's going to take a team effort. There's no one particular person that has to step up in this ballgame right here. I honestly can say when it comes to a different unit, our defensive line and our linebackers a really going to have to play well this game."
Tickets will be on sale today and Thursday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. until noon. Tickets cost five dollars for adults and three dollars for students. Tickets at the gate on game night will cost six dollars. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Lobo stadium.