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Shane Stephen raises expectation for Lubbock High FB in year two

LUBBOCK, Texas -


Lubbock High finished 1-9 during the 2018 season. This year, the second year head coach, Shane Stephen believes his guys will be "range ready".

Stephen raised the expectations for his guys. He said last year it was about setting the foundation. This year, it's about moving forward.

"If at the end of the year we only have one victory, probably going to be a little more disappointed," Stephen said. "I don't know where we're going to steal the other victories from but we definitely want to move the bar up."

The Westerners lost key players in Noah Gutierrez and Jack Hogan. Stephen said it's time for new players to step up into leadership roles. One of those guys will be junior quarterback Brandon Smith.

"Another year of maturity, also just knowing the system, he's gotten a lot stronger he's grown into his leadership role so he's the guys that's stood out," the head coach said of the QB.

Smith played in five games his sophomore year. He was 15-48 through the air for 203 yards.

"I have good vision of the defense and I can get the ball wherever I want, whenever I want and that's what I've really improved on," Smith said.

According to Smith, he's a good pocket passer with a solid receiving corps.

"We've got Louie, we've got Brandon. We have a bunch of guys that have a lot of talent and are going to be good to us this season," the QB added.

Stephen said he's looking for the dark horses on the team, who will become big difference makers.

"We only had 16 kids that were still on the roster from last year," Stephen said. "So we've got a lot of kids that are going to have an opportunity to prove themselves."

The Westerners open the season on Thursday, August 29th vs. Seminole.

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