Freshman Longhorns

The Freeport Longhorns go into today’s South Texas Youth Football Association’s Super Bowl with a perfect record at 9-0. Players are Naaron Goins, Jayden Bates, Noah Bonner, David Rojas, Bralen Smith, Ja’Marion Watson, Carson Hinton, JaShawn Allen, Michael Bosarge, Darayl Walker, Hunter Slimp, Kaleb Ruiz, Hector Ramirez, Dreylon Wiley, Landen Jones, Noah Bryan, Noah Watson-Norton, Amari Duncan, Benjamin Orbase, Elan Martinez and Murray Griffin. Head coach is Lionel Smith along with assistants Candon Walker and Kenneth Walker.

Some big games with local teams will be going on today at Alvin’s Memorial Stadium during the South Texas Youth Football Association’s Super Bowl.

This is the culmination of the youth season that started in late August.

At 9 a.m., the Flag Super Bowl will pit the Freeport Orange Longhorns against the White Longhorns; 10:30 a.m. will pit Freeport Orange Longhorns vs. Friendswood Broncos White; 12:45 p.m. Angleton versus Freeport Longhorns in the sophomore contest; at 3 p.m. the Freeport Longhorns take on Pearland in the junior Super Bowl and the senior game will be between Friendswood and Pearland.

In the freshman contest, these Longhorns know a lot about their opponent from Friendswood.

Freeport (9-0) and Friendswood are no strangers, already having crossed paths during the season.

“We faced them and beat them 31-0,” Freeport Longhorn freshman head coach Lionel Smith said. “But like I always preach to our team, everyone gets better during the season so this could be a different game than the first time we saw them. But if we get out there and everyone does their job and plays ball, we should get a trophy.”

Smith coached some of these same players last year.

“I got a couple of kids back from last year, but most were first-year players,” Smith said. “Most came up from flag from last year, but I’d like to keep this group together because I think they are a special group of kids who can play with anybody.”

Smith has enjoyed his offensive line and what they’ve done during the season. It starts with center Elan Martinez and continues with Amari Duncan, Landen Jones, Hunter Slimp and Dreylon Wiley.

“Week in and week out they have gotten the job done with their blocking,” Smith said. “They’ve allowed Bralen Smith, who is our premier running back, to score about three or four times a game.”

Joining Bralen Smith in the backfield are Darayl Walker and Naaron Goins.

“Our quarterback has also done a good job by keeping everyone poised and just running the plays that we have,” Lionel Smith said.

On the other side of the ball, the Longhorn defense has allowed just 13 points for the season.

“They are lights out, and it wasn’t until the fifth game of the season until someone scored on us,” Lionel Smith said. “I think during the season they also only gave up three or four first downs. They work hard on keeping everyone off the scoreboard.”

A few of those standouts include linebacker Carson Hinton.

“He is one of our smaller players, but he plays with a lot of gusto,” Lionel Smith said. “For his size, Carson has just made some outstanding plays, even for his size.”

Bralen Smith also plays defense and Ja’Marion Watson had several interceptions during the season including one run back for a score.

Lionel Smith likes keeping his players on their toes and that includes incentives.

“I tell the defense that for every shutout, they will get a Sunkist,” he said.

Joel Luna is sports editor for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0160 or at

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