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SAN ANGELO–The pairings for the Lone Star Conference first round playoffs were set last weekend. The Angelo State University Rams will face No. 12, Texas A&M-Commerce Lions in the semifinals of the LSC Playoff Championships at Memorial Stadium in Commerce, Texas; kick-off is this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.
Coach Will Wagner, defensive stalwart, Clayton Callicutt and record-setting, quarterback, Kyle Washington were interviewed prior to Thursday afternoon's practice on their upcoming road trip against the Lions.

Since this is the third time that the Rams and Lions face each other in a year, Coach Wagner was asked what his team has done to prepare for a different outcome (Lions won an earlier game this year, 38-35).
"We' ve gone back to correcting things where we went wrong when we played them," he said. "The main thing we have do is go out and execute." Wagner mentioned that his team will have some new things in place for the game against the Lions.

Coach Wagner was asked how comfortable his team is going on the road to play.
" I actually think we play a little bit better on the road because there's less distractions (to deal with.)"

Defensive lineman, Callicutt, tied for the most sacks with 31 last weekend against the Tarleton Texans. Callicutt was asked how he felt about being tied for the most career sacks.
"It was an huge honor," he said. "It was something at the beginning of the season that I worked towards getting, at least tying or trying to break the record." Callicutt still has an opportunity on Saturday or in the second round, should his Rams' team get by the Lions.
Callicutt said his team's focus on is ending the Lions season and in the process the Rams going back-to-back as LSC champions. 
"We're a strong defense and we can compete with anybody in the conference." We continue to do that with the next two games and hopefully we will come out on top with another LSC championship," he said.

As for quarterback Kyle Washington's overall perspective on his team's mental preparation for the Lions' game.
"We want to build on our confidence and take this momentum coming from the second half of the Tarleton game both offensively, defensively and specials team-wise into Saturday's game," Washington said.