TEAGUE — The Teague Lions had to rearrange their first line of protection. When an offensive lineman suffered an injury early in the season, Teague had to shuffle the pieces to find the right fit. It wasn’t until the injured Lion returned to the field that Teague found the perfect combination.
“It’s been really good,” Teague head coach Donnie Osborn said. “The last five weeks we’ve been able to run the football really well. That’s been our biggest improvement and has helped us the most is our offensive line.”
With the offensive front coming together, Teague is now following the old cliché. The Lions are peaking at the right time with two weeks left in the regular season. From Osborn’s perspective, Teague has yet to reach the “really good” status.
“We’re still trying to get there,” Osborn said. “Usually by this time of year you want your teams to be playing really well. We are playing good. We’ve won four in a row. We don’t think by any stretch of the imagination that we’re playing our best football yet. We’re pretty optimistic.”
In order for the Lions to reach that next level, Osborn wants to see more consistency from his team. One game, the offensive line plays well, but the passing game doesn’t have much success. Another game, the air attack is lethal but the running game is docile.
“We have to put it all together at the same time,” Osborn said. “Once we put it all together one night at the same time, we’re pretty tough.”
The Lions already have individual pieces that are daunting on their own. Teague boasts a pair of powerful, yet speedy, running backs. Tayvis Coleman leads the way with 993 yards, while Gelico Green, who was slated as the third string back during two-a-days, is the Lions’ second guy in the backfield with 590 yards.
Add to that duo a handful of athletes out at receiver. Tyrese Heard has 331 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Heard has 299 yards and three touchdowns and Dayveon Dixon has 182 yards and five touchdowns.
“Tyrese has been battling injuries all year long,” Osborn said. “When he’s been healthy, he’s been phenomenal. Antonio, our other skill guy, was out three weeks. We just got him back. Dayveon Dixon is another one of our skill guys that’s been a great weapon. When those guys are clicking, they’re rolling. We’re making teams have to defend several different things, just not one part of our offense.”
Orchestrating all the talent around him this season is quarterback Zack Satterwhite. He’s completed 79 of 135 passes for 879 yards and 11 touchdowns to go with 169 rush yards and four touchdowns.
“He does exactly what we want him to do,” Osborn said. “He doesn’t try to do more than he needs to do. He makes all the right reads in the passing game. He knows he just has to get the ball to our running backs and those receivers. On top of that, he’s done a great job of ad-libbing some things. If there’s a play broken down around him, he just takes off. I tell you what, he’s managed this whole thing very well.”
Entering Week 10 of the regular season, Teague is currently tied for second in the District 9-3A Div. I race with West at 4-1. Malakoff is currently leading the way with a 5-0 record.
The Lions’ lone district loss came against West the last week of September when the Trojans rolled to a 42-26 victory.
“When they played us, they got after out tail,” Osborn said. “They were on a mission when they got off that bus. We had beaten them the last two years. Last year was with no time left on the clock. I think that had been kind of a thorn in their side for a year because they let us come back and win that game. We beat them in the third round of the playoffs two years ago. West is a good football team. They’re very physical.”
After that loss, the Lions strung together four straight wins, with the most recent against Groesbeck, 22-20. Friday night, Teague takes on Malakoff.
“They’re going to score some points,” Osborn said. “They’ve got a really good quarterback who is a three year starter. They’ve got a couple good skill players and a really good running back. Our defense has to play good enough just to make them earn everything they get. We can’t give them any cheap touchdowns, give them any home runs so to speak. We’ve got to make them earn it all. Then we’ve got to have a great night offensively. We’ve got to be able to run the ball and throw the ball.
“I’m confident. I think we’re up to the task.”