PREVIEW: Lockney football gearing up for 2021

LOCKNEY — The Lockney Longhorns were one of the top turn-around football programs in the Panhandle/South Plains when they finished with a 7-2 season record in 2020 and qualified for the playoffs in the COVID-stricken season that caused numerous cancellations. The Longhorns averaged close to 40 points per game in 2020.

The Longhorns have a new head coach in Cory McCombs, a native of Hamlin. Indications are that Lockney will be a run-first offense in a spread formation, and aggressive on defense. McCombs has spent the largest portion of his 20-plus year coaching career as a defensive coordinator.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football (DCTF) has picked the Longhorns third in District 5-2A-II behind Ralls and Hamlin. They play both of them on the road in 2021.

Here is a look at Lockney’s 2021 schedule with 2020 season/district records in parenthesis, predictions of 2021 district finish by DCTF, plus 5-2A-II opponents in bold:

Aug. 27 @ Ropes (5-5, 1-3 2-2A-II) – 4th
Sept. 3 vs. Floydada (2-8, 1-4 in 2-2A-I) – 5th
Sept. 10 vs. Boys Ranch (0-9, 0-5 in 1-2A-I) – 6th
Sept. 17 @ Plains (2-9, 2-2 in 1-2A-II) – 4th
Sept. 24 @ Odessa Compass (1-8, 1-3 in 1-3A-II) – 4th
Oct. 1 vs. Memphis (3-7, 0-4 in 4-2A-II) – 5th
Oct. 8 vs. Crosbyton (1-9, 0-4 in 5-2A-I) – 5th
Oct. 15 – open date
Oct. 22 @ Hamlin (12-1, 4-0 IN 5-2A-II) – 2nd
Oct. 29 vs. Roscoe (1-10, 1-3 in 5-2A-II) – 4th
Nov. 5 @ Ralls (7-4, 4-3 in 5-2A-II) – 1st

Lockney will have two scrimmages with Sanford-Fritch and Hale Center prior to their 2021 debut
under coach McCombs.

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