Jones era begins tonight

Bob Jones, a Lexington native and 1977 LHS graduate, returns to his alma mater to try and make the Minutemen a Class B power once again. Jones has an impressive resume, having helped coach North Dakota State to the 1985 Division II National Championship. Jones really made a name for himself in the Texas High School ranks having taken Converse Judson to two state championships, winning the title in 1995. Even more impressive than that, however, is that he coached former Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas.

The Minutemen will be very strong at the wide receiver position, led by seniors Danny Ibarra (5'8, 140), Tim Sikes (5'8, 140), and Nery Cabrerra (5'10, 185). Junior Patrick Spicer (5'9, 150) is expected to be a big contributor as well. Veteran senior quarterback Trevor Miller (6'1, 160) returns after starting part of last season. His senior leadership will be very important to this football team and he'll need to be able to step up and make big throws for the offense to be effective. Equally important is Lexington's ability to run the football. Senior Joe Walker (5'11, 190) should get the starting nod with junior Eric Lemus (5'8, 180) seeing some action as well.

Three senior starters return up front in center Lucas Burch (5'11, 205), Jorge Gutierrez (5'11, 250), and Daniel Torres (5'10, 235). Kody Kenton (6'1, 175) is another lineman who could see significant playing time. Its going to be crucial for the offensive line to be physical at the point of attack, driving defenders backwards and such.

Burch looks to have another big year at linebacker as he racked up 107 tackles last season, along with three fumble recoveries. Walker and Cabrerra look to make their mark at the position as well. Kenton could also see playing time there. Torres and Gutierrez anchor a defensive line that will need to make big plays in the backfield. Last year, at least on the road, the Minutemen defense had a hard time getting off the field. They have to force teams into third and long and then be able to finish on third down.

Ibarra and Spicer are the top two players who will be patrolling the secondary. It will be important for Lexington's defensive backs to be physical at the line of scrimmage, knocking players off their routes and throwing off the timing of plays. Lexington begins the season tonight on the road against Scottsbluff. Kickoff is set for 8pm central and we will have the game for you on AM 880 KRVN.

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