Levelland Lobos are breaking records and setting new standards
There is nothing like playoff high school football, on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Levelland Lobos against the Andrews Mustangs for the second time this season, in the third round on Friday night.
Levelland High School isn't known for its football team, breaking state records, or making deep runs in the postseason, until now.
"Our goal was to play in December, I think it being a game away, it's really got the team just pumped up and ready to go," Levelland Lobos quarterback Nick Gerber said.
December football has been the goal since two-a-days in August.
"I think everyone is excited about it because we haven't had a team like this in a long time. The last nine win season was in 1958, so it has really been a big step for us," Gerber said.
This team setting new standards under the Friday night lights.
"We started out better this year than we have in the past, the last two years we have been 0-3 the first three games. We got a big group of seniors, great leadership, so over all it has been a great year and our kids are excited to be playing still," Levelland Lobos Head Coach Jared Sanderson said.
That leadership has taken the Lobos to the third round of the playoffs, and in the process, a highly-coveted record was broken.
"It was in the middle of my game, one of my coaches actually said it, but I didn't really think about it too much because I was trying to win the game. After I kinda thought about it and I was like, wow that's a lot, but it's a great accomplishment, but we want more," Gerber said.
During the Lobos area round game against Decatur, the Lobo's quarterback Nick Gerber broke the single season scoring record with 73 touchdowns and did it in only twelve games. The previous record, was 71 touchdowns set in 2014 over sixteen games, by Navasota's Shelton Eppler.
"I knew he was close and I didn't know, you get caught up shoot you score 80 points, you don't know which one it is, going back and reflecting on it, it was a neat moment," Coach Sanderson said.
Next up for the senior QB, the Andrews Mustangs, a tough opponent who hung a one point loss on the Lobos in overtime back in September.
"We feel fortunate to be in the position, playing them again, this week and our kids the thing that's fun about play-offs is playing other teams in other regions and different parts of the state, but whenever you can play somebody you are familiar with it makes it that much more exciting," Coach Sanderson said.
"Our biggest mind set is just finishing out every play, every down, every quarter and I think if we have that finish mindset we will be fine on Friday night," Gerber said.
While the stats and numbers are very impressive, the numbers are not the legacy from this senior classes. "I hope they remember that we like to win and we like to just come to work and work hard and I couldn't be more proud of these seniors," Gerber said.
"Every year we try to just keep adding stories to that foundation that we laid four years ago, and these guys have certainly done that and they have set the bar really high for the future of Levelland football," Coach Sanderson said.
Each player, coach and fan hoping these seniors will still be putting on the pads come December.
The Lobos will take on the Mustangs at 7:30 on Friday, November 25th at Lowrey Field.