Dublin passed its first test of the 2007 football pre-season here Saturday, as the defense shut Comanche completely down in the Lionsí first scrimmage.
"We had a number of guys play really well defensively," Dublin Head Coach Dwayne Ross said. "Our nose guard, Logan Morton, is just so quick getting into the (offensive) backfield."
Dublinís first-team defense stonewalled Comanche all day. The second-team Indian offense moved the ball, but the Lions made a four-down goal line stand to thwart their only scoring threat.
During a 24-minute live session with running clock, the Lions turned the ball over on downs deep in Comanche territory. Moments later, Sam Lopez made the defensive highlight of the day, as he intercepted a pass, setting up a quick Dublin score.
The Lions scored twice during the scrimmage, with converted wide receiver Dewayne Keith taking over at QB to lead the offense.
"Heís such a good leader," Ross said of Keith. "It was his first time under center in a game-type situation, and he looked good."
Ross said Keith missed on his first couple pass attempts, but settled down after that to have a good performance. He was helped along the way by sophomore Aaron Teague who was impressive with numerous big catches.
Joining Keith and Teague for the play-making party were Lopez, who made a pair of receptions, and DJ Sani, who is one of several Lions platooning at full back.
While the passing game looked impressive, Ross said the running attack needs work.
"Itís hard to replace Gerritt DeVries at fullback," Ross said of the teamís inexperience in the offensive backfield. "He was 6-3, 230 and could really run."
Ross said that while the play calls were evenly split between run and pass, it was the aerial attack that turned out all the big plays. This came as no surprise, he said, because he was aware before the scrimmage that Comanche plays great defense against the run.
Several players impressed Ross with their performance Saturday. He listed Mike Gonzales as a pleasant surprise, along with Teague. He also said the holdovers from last year were impressive, including Wesley Lyendekker, Derek Reeder, Keith, Sani, Lopez and Morton.
The Lions have one final tune-up before the regular season begins. Ranger will visit Dublin for a scrimmage this week. Ross said the action is tentatively set for Friday, but the schedule is subject to change due to weather concerns.