After a two week hiatus, Wylie East found themselves back under .500 on the season. It was a difficult performance for the Raiders, who lost their first district game on the year.
They’ll look to get back on the right foot against one of the top teams in the district in Longview. The Lobos are currently 4-1 on the season with a strong offensive attack. Here are Wylie East’s three keys to victory against Longview.
1. Limit the costly turnovers
The Raiders turned the ball over three times last Friday. Sherman was able to capitalize, scoring 17 points off of those turnovers. Turnovers can swing a game and it did for Wylie East as they fell out of it due to their own mistakes. On top of the turnovers, that doesn’t even include the errors made that costed the Raiders.
2. Stop the run
It was something Wylie East failed to do against Sherman, as they surrendered 339 yards on the ground to the Bearcats. Longview is no different unfortunately for the Raiders.
For the season, Longview averages 226 rushing yards per game. They’re currently on a four-game winning streak in which they’ve averaged 50 points a game. Led by a two-headed rushing attack in Kaden Meredith and Markevion Haynes, the two combine for 976 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing.
3. Find consistency on offense
It’s no secret that Wylie East is a run-first team. With running back Christian Johnson and quarterback Terrell Washington Jr., the Raiders again ran for over 200 yards against Sherman, finishing the night with 220 yards on the ground. The passing game is where they continue to fall behind. The Raiders for the game only had 260 yards of offense, 40 of which came through the air.
By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]