QCS Senior Writer
The Longhorn’s potent passing offense was too much for the Tatum Coyotes’ young secondary as Logan won Friday’s home opener 54-16.
“I am pleased with how the guys performed tonight, though I think we can more plays out of our offense,” said Kene Terry, Longhorn’s head coach.
Terry said there were some dropped passes by open receivers that would have brought about a fresh set of downs and kept the Coyotes defense on the field. He said those dropped passes and penalties set the team in long down situations where a conversion is necessary.
The Longhorns’ had several fourth down conversions against the Coyotes defense, four of them were 4th and long resulting in quarterback Wyatt Strand scrambling in the back field until he found wide receiver Wesley Gudgell for the first down and four touchdowns.
“We have been playing sports together since we were young and I know when I put it up there he will come down with the ball,” Strand said.
Gudgell had five touchdowns during the game, each pass thrown by Strand.
Strand ran for two touchdowns during the game and was able to connect with several receivers including Michael Estrada and Jared Lubera to extend the Longhorns offensive series.
“We have a very green secondary, not taking anything away from coach Terry and the Longhorns,” said Gary Durham, Coyotes head coach. “Coach Terry always does a great job of preparing his team and the Longhorn play with a lot of heart.”
Durham said the Coyotes have three new players in the secondary and two new defensive ends who are trying to fill the gaps left by veteran players lost to graduation.
“We’ll get better as the season progresses,” Durham said. “We look forward to seeing the Longhorns further down the road.”