If it were an actual game and not a scrimmage, the West Texas Lions would have their first ever win as an organization on Saturday – and one to write home about – as the first-year team blanked cross-town foe, the El Paso Armor 14-0.
“Our defense did a great job in getting our first shutout,” team owner Jesse Rose told Developmental Football USA. “Our defensive line and linebackers were dominant and our secondary held strong besides a couple of slips.”
For the Armor, this was their first live action of the year against an opponent in a different colored jersey.
“All I can say for the Armor is that we weren’t fully loaded, but I take lots of positives out of this scrimmage,” Armor head coach Fonzie Gomez told Developmental Football USA. “Now we have something to build on. We will always have improvements that we’ll get fixed.”
Running back “Showtime” Mike Davis led the charge for the Lions in the scoring department, by breaking not one, but two, long runs for West Texas touchdowns.
“Our offense was carried again by Mike Davis,” Rose said. “He’s patient with his blockers and his momentum is always moving forward and his best quality is that he is humble and he gives his line all the credit in the world. This guy is going to make plays every time and I’ve seen him do it since high school.”
In addition to paving the way on the ground for Davis to have a big night, the offensive line handled their business and did a good job protecting new, 6-foot-6, 230-pound quarterback Kian Homme, who the Lions are excited to have added in recent weeks.
“This kid is a stud,” Rose said. “He has a rocket arm, quick release, and reads defenses well. Our receiving core struggled a bit tonight, but it’s nothing we can’t fix. Our passing game will be deadly with Kian Homme at quarterback. Once we build a solid receiving core, our passing game will be feared across the state.”
Backing up Homme is a young talent, Sergio Ramos, who also made the most of his reps on Saturday, Rose said.
Defensively, the unit as a whole played a near perfect game and kept the Armor entirely off the scoreboard through four quarters.
“J.J. Ortega locked down his side at outside linebacker,” Rose said. “Kevin Loera, our young stud, dominated the game and big Lequan McWhorter plugged the middle as always. Those are just a few on the defensive side, which all did good for the most part.”
Even if it was just a scrimmage, Saturday’s performance was a good way for West Texas to bounce back following their 48-12 pre-season loss to the Las Cruces Kings two weeks ago.
“The Lions improved from their last match-up against the Kings,” Gomez said. “They still have areas for improvement. We wish them luck in the MPFL.”
The Lions look to carry this momentum into their regular season opener March 4, when they travel to Lubbock to face the West Texas Outlaws.
“After this game we’ve learned what we need work on and we will grow from there,” Rose said. “The goal is to win a championship, as it always has been, and we will work towards that 100 percent. I feel confident in our next game, but we’ll never take an opponent lightly.”
“Since this was the first contest against somebody different, it was really positive,” Gomez said. “Now we look forward to prepare the guys for the New Mexico Rush. It will be a great contest.”
The Lions and the Armor are believed to be the two toughest developmental teams in the Sun City, so if a controlled scrimmage is any indication, the Lions are in pretty good shape.