Horns outpace Sanford-Fritch in rain-affected first scrimmage

PLAINVIEW — A heavy downpour of rain and lighting forced the Lockney Longhorns and Sanford-Fritch Eagles to move their football scrimmage on Friday from Mitchell-Zimmerman Field in Lockney to Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium in Plainview.

After getting everyone situated, the Longhorns turned in a solid first scrimmage of the season by outscoring the Eagles 1-0. Senior running back Austin Rodriquez scored the lone touchdown on a 20-yard run. Lockney’s workhorse running back senior Nathan Ceniceros had a good outing by rushing for 80 yards. Senior Earnest Alvarez got praises for some carries he made on offense, and junior linebacker Dax Poole was recognized for his outstanding play on defense.

“We got very good effort from the team as a whole. I was especially pleased with the physical play, intensity and high energy on both sides of the ball,” said Lockney head coach Cory McCombs.

“Our defense played extremely well in their initial outing by not allowing Sanford-Fritch a first down, plus intercepted two passes which always provide a momentum swing.

The most disappointing news of the scrimmage was that starting quarterback senior Pablo Morales rolled an ankle taking him out of action.

“The report we have received is a grade two ankle sprain which hopefully will heal soon. However, we will be overall cautious on Pablo’s return to action,” McCombs said.

Morales is starting his fourth year as the Longhorn’s quarterback and they expecting big things from his play making ability and leadership skills.

The Longhorn JV turned in a strong performance by outscoring the Eagles JV 2-1. Lockney will have one more scrimmage on Thursday at Hale Center against the Owls. Lockney will kick-off the 2021 regular season on the road on August 27 against the Ropes Eagles.

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