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10/20/06

Longview Vs. REL Clash In District Matchup

For the past year, a bitter taste has lingered in the mouths of the Robert E. Lee Red Raiders.

"They got us last year, so we are going to be ready for this year," said REL defensive back Tekkerrein Cuba.

The Longview Lobos dealt the then defending state champions a 35-7 loss on national television.

"Last year we just didn't have the swagger," said REL quarterback Marcus Jackson. "I think we'll come out with much more swagger tonight and come out with a lot of confidence and play hard."

The Red Raiders thoughts all week have been on two things, shutdown and lock up the Lobos.

"Hopefully our defense will be able to tame them," Jackson said, "and we'll be able to put points on the board so we can keep them there."

But these days the Red Raiders feel like dancing. They are 5-1 overall, their only loss to one of the nations best in Euless Trinity.

Veteran players said it's been an intense week at practice and they are ready.

"We started Monday preparing," Cuba said. "I'm going to bring my 'A' game tonight."

"This is the best week of preparation we've had all year so I feel we'll come out ready tonight,"Jackson said.

But there is a sure motivator for the Longview Lobos. The defending District 12-5A champions look not to just repeat, but threepeat. 

"I don't even think we can describe how pumped up our boys are," said Lobo cheerleader Lainy Johnson.

"Winner of this ballgame of course will be 2-0 (in district) and have the inside track to the district championship and a playoff berth," said Lobo Head Coach John King.

It is those high stakes that have Lobo fans aching for another 'W' in the win column.

"Honestly, to be completely honest, I haven't even thought about losing," said student council member MaKenzie Hodge."I mean we are really confident and we practice hard. "

At 4-2 overall, Lobo fans also have something to dance about. Their team is young but has shown heart. The Lobos lost 21 of 23 starters from last years team. Fans felt it would be a good test for the young lobos against another team rebuilding.

"It's going to be a good game," Coach King said. "Whenever Longview and Tyler Lee play, it always is."
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