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Coppell QB Colby Mahon passes for 4 TDs in big win over Longview
UNIVERSITY PARK — Coppell wanted to recollect some swagger after missing the Class 5A state playoffs last season. Coppell’s 41-8 victory over No. 9-ranked Longview at SMU’s Ford Stadium will do a lot to restore its confidence.
“It’s the first game, you don’t know what to expect,” Coppell coach Joe McBride said. “I told them not to get down on themselves for last year. We had some injuries, got our noses rubbed a little bit. I told our kids to be confident in themselves. I couldn’t be prouder of our kids. What I know is that Longview is a butt-kicking machine and they are well-coached, and we played well against them.”
Coppell, which lost four of its last six in 2011, led Longview 28-0 three plays into the third quarter after senior receiver Cameron Smith broke loose on a 90-yard touchdown catch. Smith, who missed most of last season with an injury, caught four passes for 145 yards, including two touchdowns. Smith broke two tackles at the Coppell 14 and outraced the Longview secondary into the end zone.
Coppell finished 6-4 last year after going 24-3 in McBride’s first two seasons.
Making his first start at Coppell, senior quarterback Colby Mahon completed nine of 11 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. But it was Coppell’s under-center, I-formation running game that kept Longview off-balance when Coppell switched from its spread formation. Coppell had scoring drives of 81, 91 and 94 yards.
Led by the defensive line rotation of Cole Odette, William Udeh, Soloman Thomas and Luis Carreno, Coppell suffocated a usually high-octane Longview with eight tackles for losses. Longview senior quarterback Bivins Caraway limped off the field in the first half and did not return. Caraway will have further tests to determine his status.
Coppell linebacker Tanner Masters forced two fumbles, and cornerback Troy Parker set up a touchdown with a 35-yard return to Longview’s 1-yard line.
Coppell led 21-0 at halftime, but it was a defensive showcase with an opportunistic offense. Coppell led 7-0 on a 36-yard catch by Smith from Mahon, who transferred after starting at Bridgeport last season. Smith made an adjustment to make the catch after one of two defenders tipped the ball. A fumble caused by Masters set up the drive on Coppell’s 41.
Sophomore running back Charles West made it 14-0 on a 1-yard run that was set up by a 35-yard interception return by Parker. Coppell led 21-0 when senior receiver Jacob Logan turn a 5-yard slant into a 61-yard scoring catch as he broke two tackles and cut across field to cap a 91-yard drive.