Wolves red-hot, readying for Mansfield

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The Timberview football team continues to impress in all facets of the game and is beginning to turn some heads among state pollsters.

The Wolves moved to 4-0 on the season with a 34-7 victory against Grand Prairie last week and will square off with rival Mansfield at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Newsom Stadium.

Coach James Brown said he knows his team will have its hands full with the Tigers on Friday and said he expects for Mansfield to give the Wolves all they can handle.

“They are going to be a physical football team,” Brown said. “They're going to run the football. They're going to pound it at us. With Julius [Lewis, running back] coming back, that was a big lift for them. It's going to be a challenge for us. We've got to ensure that we can bottle them up offensively.”

Timberview had a strong effort in its district opener against Grand Prairie on Friday night, but Brown said he did see a few things that could have been better.

“It was one of those games where we were a little flat,” Brown said. “I think we may have been looking forward to Mansfield a little bit. Grand Prairie does a great job, and they have a great quarterback, but I felt like we had some opportunities we didn't make the most of.

“We were in the red zone three times against Grand Prairie where we didn't score. I felt like we still played pretty good defensively. We moved the ball pretty well between the 20s, but once we were inside the 20, we struggled a little bit. But that's part of the growth and development of our kids.”

Brandon Simmons had an interception return for a touchdown against the Gophers, making it the second straight week that the Wolves defense has scored in a game.

“The defense is unbelievable,” Brown said. “They are enjoyable to watch as a coach on the sideline. They have done a phenomenal job. We've really limited guys rushing the football against us this year. We've been very good against the pass. People always look to Ed [Paris] and Brandon [Simmons], but the guys up front are controlling the line of scrimmage right now.

“[Alejandro] Anzaldua and [Samuel] Amaka at the DT, and [Michael] Badejo and [Dacion] Harris at defensive end, and the three linebackers of [Rashaad] Burton, [Brandon] Garner and [Jacob] Addison did a great job of controlling the box.”

Brown said, while his team has played pretty well in most areas, there are a couple of things he would like to see improve as the season moves forward.”

“I think that we have to do better on kick off coverage,” Brown said. “We've got some concerns there. With the guys that lay in front of us in our district, we've got to improve in every aspect of the game.”

•  Over at Mansfield, the Tigers defeated South Grand Prairie on Friday by a score of 14-7.

Caleb Evans threw touchdown passes to Blake Shipman and Braylon Royal in the game and Lewis rushed for 105 yards for Mansfield.

•  Lake Ridge came up just short against Prosper, losing 57-42 on Friday night in a game running back Duke Carter rushed for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

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