Bulletin Staff Report
LUBBOCK — The Brownwood Lions first-team offense scored on its first two possessions, while the starting defense allowed just one touchdown during Saturday’s scrimmage with Class 5A Lubbock Monterey at Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium.
After a yielding a touchdown in the first four plays, the Lions defense stiffened under the direction of first-year defensive coordinator Chuck Howard.
Offensively, the first two plays called by new offensive coordinator Jeff Merket resulted in the Lions’ first touchdown as quarterback Graylon Brown hit tailback Levi Perez on a 30-yard pass, which set up Brown’s 40-yard scoring toss to Jaxon Shipley.
Brown completed 11-of-19 passes for 138 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while Shipley recorded a team-high five receptions for 74 yards. Perez also rushed for a team-best 65 yards on just four carries.
The Brownwood starting offense finished with 221 total yards during its snaps, while the first-team defense surrendered just 166 yards.
First-year head coach Bob Shipley was glad the Lions were able to get work in against a quality 5A opponent, and he was especially pleased by the sharpness of the opening two possessions. As the scrimmage wore on, however, play became sloppy at times, which Shipley wants to see corrected.
In the battle of second-teamers, Monterey scored once while the Lions were unable to cross the goal line. Among the highlights for the Brownwood second team, quarterback Mitch Stephens completed 4-of-7 passes for 41 yards.
Brownwood will scrimmage again Friday at San Angelo Central. The Lion freshman and JV teams will hit the San Angelo Stadium turf at 10 a.m., with the Brownwood varsity to follow at 11:30 a.m.
The Lions will then open the regular season at Gordon Wood Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28 when they host the Burnet Bulldogs, who Shipley led to the 2002 and 2003 Class 3A Division I state championship games.