LONGVIEW — Going up against defending state champion Longview on the Lobos’ home turf Friday night, Temple committed zero turnovers and had 66 fewer penalty yards than the host team. And Wildcats star wide receiver Quentin Johnston produced his best game in more than a month, with a touchdown among his three catches of 40-plus yards.

The fact that Longview still won in runaway fashion despite those things is a testament to how strong a team the Lobos have.

At times demonstrating their potential, Temple and Belton labored through growing pains and tough stretches last season while guided by coaches in their first campaigns with the programs. Those experiences could cultivate upside for the local Class 6A squads this winter as each welcomes back…

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Every season has ups and downs, moments of triumph mixed with times of difficulty.

Temple’s offense has been productive all season with one constant source of strength — its offensive line of senior center Markel Carter, senior left guard Dakari White, senior right guard Daniel Lopez, senior left tackle Dayton Lewis and junior right tackle Alex Rodriguez.

RaShonta LeBlanc made it clear and kept it concise when explaining what she expects from her team. Entering her second season as head coach of the Temple Tem-Cats, LeBlanc doesn’t seek perfection, but she does want maximum effort out of her players in every practice and every game.