Lassiter is all about throwing the ball, and it does it well.
The Trojans have scored 86 points in their wins over Hillgrove and Sprayberry to start the season. At the pace that they are going, they will average 43 points a game.
Lassiter will now face neighboring rival Kell, and the Trojans may have difficulty picking apart the Longhorns defense with their aerial attack when the teams meet tonight at Frank Fillmann Stadium. While Lassiter may have one of the state’s dynamic group of receivers in Juwan Dickey, Ryan Jenkins (committed to Clemson) and Willie Police, with quarterback Eddie Printz throwing to them, the Longhorns possess arguably the state’s best secondary.
“We’re going to have to put pressure on the quarterback,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “We can’t let (Printz) stand there all afternoon and all night and decide who to throw to. We have to make (him) move around a little bit. We have to put pressure on the receivers and we have to put pressure on the ball carrier.”
That job will likely fall to defensive end Michael Valero, who has 11 tackles on the season. He is experienced enough where he may be able to find his way to Printz.
Lassiter’s receiving corps will be matching up with Kell’s Brendan Langley (South Carolina), Quincy Mauger (Georgia), Taylor Henkle and Julian Burris.
“We’re going to need to go downfield with Juwan and Ryan,” Irwin said. “We also need to possess the ball if we can’t run it. I’d like to see us execute better in the passing game. That takes everyone at every position. Eddie played well last week against Sprayberry. He had no interceptions and didn’t put the ball in danger very much.”
Printz has already thrown for 507 yards.
Lassiter has started fast in both games. The Trojans put up 37 unanswered first-half points against Hillgrove before holding on to win 37-29, and it also scored 42 first-half points in its 49-10 victory over Sprayberry.
Kell’s solution for Lassiter’s offense is limiting its own mistakes and controlling the football. If the Longhorns can have a couple of long, sustained scoring drives it will keep the Trojans’ offense on the sidelines.
The Longhorns have always thrived on the running game in recent years with bigger backs like Brian Randolph, now at Tennessee, and Jordan Chambers. Now, Cook said Kell’s backfield consists of smaller running backs, which means the Longhorns are relying more on quickness and speed to get through a Lassiter front seven that’s known to barrel through opposing offensive lines.
Jamari Moore is the Longhorns’ leading rusher with 139 yards. Langley has added 83 yards on the ground with 69 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Burris is also an offensive threat with 96 receiving yards to lead the team.
“They have athletes that can make a home run on you,” Irwin said. “They are very methodical and can be very explosive. It will be a challenge for us and it will get us ready for some of the (running) teams in the region like Milton, Walton and Roswell.”