2017-10-06 / Sports

Confident about Homecoming

Hornets favored over Sidney, but recovering from sickness
BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Mason Moresco, back left, and Ryan Davidson (1) try to keep Hunter Lock (far right) moving forward as Lock is wrapped up by Cedar Park Summit defenders last Friday. 
CHERI JAY-WIENECKE | DISPATCH RECORD Mason Moresco, back left, and Ryan Davidson (1) try to keep Hunter Lock (far right) moving forward as Lock is wrapped up by Cedar Park Summit defenders last Friday. CHERI JAY-WIENECKE | DISPATCH RECORD Lometa’s defense has allowed fewer points per game than six of the top 10 teams in Six Man Div. I have allowed. That 23-point-per-game average is one of the key reasons for the Hornets’ 4-1 record, which Lometa hopes to improve tonight.

The Hornets host Sidney (0-4) for Homecoming today at 7:30 p.m.

Lometa is favored by 45 points in this week’s sixmanfootball.com spreads, but the big question is about the Hornets’ health.

Lometa head coach D.T. Torres said a stomach bug kept seven of his starters from practice on Monday. By Wednesday, a few players had returned, but there were three whom the coach had not seen since last Friday’s win.

It still should be a very winnable game, and Torres hopes to see some of his athletes get more playing time than they have had recently.

Kenneth Faught played a few downs against Cedar Park Summit last week.

Tonight, “He’s going to see a lot more snaps offensively and defensively, on the line and at safety,” Torres said.

Enrique Prado is expected to play more at corner and quarterback, even though starting QB Ryan Davidson was “healthy as can be” at the middle of this week. Davidson still will start, Torres said.

Sidney’s offense is “quite heavy on the pass,” Torres said, although the Eagles’ quarterback has the option to run on a lot of plays.

Austin Barrow is one of the Eagles’ top offensive weapons, Torres said.

“He is big, and he can throw, as well,” Torres said.

Barrow was a state qualifier in shot put last year. He has had success running on the edge as well as up the middle, Torres said.

The Eagles were off last week, and their most recent game was a 50-34 loss to Cranfills Gap. They have allowed at least 50 points in each game so far.

Lometa’s offense has not put up flashy stats as a team, but the run game, led by Logan Evans, has been strong.

Evans rushed for three touchdowns and 99 yards last week. He also assisted on 10 tackles, and he has multiple interceptions this year.

Torres also said Eddie Jaimes is “without a doubt” a defensive leader.

“He’s relentless,” Torres said. “He’s a great running back, too. We’d like to give him more carries, but he’s just so valuable on the defensive side right now.”

Jaimes, a defensive lineman, said Sidney has a pretty good line.

The Eagles’ fullback, “a pretty big dude,” is one of the top players Jaimes is preparing for.

“As long as we do what we practice here… we’ll get that game, we’ll get that W,” he said.

“Man up and just do our job,” Jaimes said. “If everyone does their job, we’ll do good.”

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The Lometa Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime of tonight’s game.

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