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MEET THE LEHMAN LOBOS
Welcome back to Chaparral Stadium deep in the heart of Austin, Texas as we gear up for game five as the Westlake Chaparrals host the Lehman Lobos. Bruce Salmon returns for his second year at the helm of the Lobos program. Following a winless 2018, the 2019 campaign started with a huge 24-21 road win over New Braunfels Canyon. Trailing 14-10 at the half, Lehman outscored Canyon 14-7 in the second half and led 24-14 well into the fourth quarter until a late Cougar touchdown.
Lehman rushed for 149 yards in their lone win behind senior Keyshaun Williams and sophomore Kanui Guidry. Both ran for touchdowns while freshman standout Jaidyn Brown collected his first varsity interception and his first touchdown pass. The youth movement is strong with the Lobos as the addition of a third high school in Hays Consolidated ISD has affected Lehman’s enrollment. Bruce Salmon has taken the talent he had a year ago in the Lehman freshman class and fused them with returning varsity players to create a roster with over 60 players.
Despite back-to-back losses to McCallum and Austin High, Lehman has finally settled in on a quarterback in sophomore Logan Travis. In a run heavy offense, Travis may not be the focal point, but with two weeks of preparation, expect the young quarterback to grow up quickly against the Westlake defense. While experience may not be on the Lobo menu, athleticism is very much the main course. Lehman is loaded with talent at the skill positions on offense. Guidry and Williams make up a mean combo platter as the duo has averaged just over 110 yards rushing per game. The bright spot for Lehman in their first three games in their ability to take care of the football. The Lobos come into the annual match up with Westlake with a positive turnover ratio. All four turnovers came at the hands of Austin High, a game that featured seven turnovers between both teams.
Defensively, Lehman has a pair of linebackers that are worthy of Westlake’s attention in the run game. Jalen “JD” Brown and Robert Vasquez are a senior and sophomore combination in the middle of a new Lehman 3-4 defensive front. As teams head away from the elder Brown, Vasquez has answered the challenge and leads the team in total tackles with 17 in three games. Exceptional Lobo athletes also lurk in the defensive backfield as Keon Bailey returns for his senior season. Junior safety Roy Mallet joins Bailey and he’s already making an impact as a noteworthy defensive threat with an interception return for a touchdown against Charles Wright. Pay attention to freshman Jaidyn Brown as Westlake will have to deal with him on all sides of the ball.
Westlake is a perfect 4-0 following a dominant 63-8 win over Austin High last Friday night. The offense exploded immediately with 35 points in the first quarter. The theme of the evening was summed up in the first five plays as the Chaps forced a three and out, blocked a punt to take over in the red zone and scored on the first offensive play.
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