Lyle Leong Jr., a former Tech receiver, got his first win Friday night as the new head coach for the Levelland Lobos over the Plainview Bulldogs in a stunning comeback victory 27-26.
Leong Jr. played for the Red Raiders from 2007-2010 and actually saw game action in all four years at Tech. The 6’1 WR was very productive in his time in Lubbock, especially his junior and senior seasons. In his junior season, he had 45 receptions, 571 yards, and 9 Touchdowns.
But, his senior season will be what he will be remembered for at Texas Tech, given he had one of the best seasons scoring-wise in Texas Tech history. He had 74 receptions, 926 yards, and 19 Touchdowns which is tied for second-most in history only behind another great Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.
Leong Jr. was named the new head coach of Levelland at the beginning of the summer. He also holds the responsibility of Athletic Director.
In their first matchup, they faced off against the Plainview Bulldogs and made huge plays early on. Junior RB Marco Guillen took a handoff in the first quarter and ran 76-yards to the house to give Levelland the lead 7-6 going into the second.
It would be a back and forth game the rest of the night, but the Lobos would come back to beat the Bulldogs 27-26, giving Leong Jr. his first win as a head coach.
Starting the season off 1-0 is certainly the best way for a new head coach to start his campaign, and what’s even better is the style he did it in with such a close contest with the game on the line to get the go-ahead score late in the 4th quarter.
The Lobos have a big test next week as they travel to Snyder on Friday, Sept. 3, with the kick-off set at @7 p.m. We wish coach Leong Jr. nothing but the best of luck the rest of the season as his Red Raider family here at Guns Up Nation will be rooting for him.