EASTLAND FEATURE: Mavericks’ “Little Big Man” is surprising everyone … even himself

Jesus Lopez

EASTLAND ā€” To say that Eastland senior nose guard Jesus Lopez isn’t the prototype for the position could be viewed as a gross understatement. He’s not the 6-foot, 300-pound ship’s anchor that coach’s dream of planting in front of an opposing center. 

 In fact, he’s not even close to it. 

What he is, at 5-7, 165 pounds, is an anomaly ā€” and a stunningly effective, all-district anomaly, at that. 

“We were kind of skeptical with it at first,” said Eastland coach James Morton of last season’s decision to move Lopez to the nose position. “We were playing him at linebacker and we needed someone to play hard and get after it and Jesus was the guy who kept coming up in our conversations. 

“So we ended up making that move with him. It was a good move for him and it was a good move for our team too.” 

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