This season marks the 112th meeting between the Longview Lobos and the Marshall Mavericks.
In a series that dates back to 1909, the two squads have met every season since 1933. Holding a 64-42-5 series advantage, Longview has seen a long run of dominance over their rivals to the east but that's not to say there hasn't been plenty of battles of the years. The two schools have met nine times for a district crown over the years, with plenty other up and down battles.
Here's a list of the top 10 Longview/Marshall meetings of all time:
#1. Marshall 35, Longview 28 (2 OT) - October 9th, 1998
While the end result for both squads in the 1998 season turned soured, as both squads failed to make the post season, at the time of meeting the Lobos came into Lobo Stadium ranked #1 in the state, still riding high from a previous season's run to the 5A Division I State Championship game, while the Mavericks came to Lobo Stadium at #4 in the state. It was Kendrick Starling's day from the get go, catching two touchdowns for scores and returning a 90 yard kickoff for a score. Marshall took a 21-14 lead into the 4th quarter before the Lobos were able to tie the contest midway through the quarter. After the two teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, Kendrick Starling's 7 yard receiving score put the Mavericks in the lead for good. A goal line stand by the Maverick defense on fourth and inches from the one yard line gave the Mavericks the upset win. It remains the last time the Mavericks won at Lobo Stadium.
#2. Marshall 28, Longview 25 - October 9th, 2015
Longview had defeated Marshall 14 meetings in a row leading into the 2015 match up. Marshall, riding high at 5-0 on the season, felt this was the year they finally would be able to end the second edition of the streak. Senior quarterback Justin Hart would make sure that would come to pass, behind 317 yards passing. After grabbing a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, Longview would claw their way back into the contest to take a 25-21 lead into the 4th quarter. Cameron Haller's 4-yard run in the final frame put the Mavericks up for good. The win would clinch a share of the district crown for the Mavericks, but a late season loss to Texas High also handed the Lobos a share for the crown. As of this, it is the last time the Mavericks have beaten the Lobos.
#3. Longview 20, Marshall 15 - November 8th, 1991
A year removed from a state championship, the Mavericks were struggling and just looking to end the season with a winning record. Longview, however, was looking to avoid losing to the Mavericks for the fourth consecutive season for the first time since the early 1950s. The Lobos also had a district crown on the line for them. Longview's John Washington got the scoring going with a 9-yard reception in the first quarter, to give the Lobos a 7-0 halftime lead. After Marshall tied the game in the 3rd, Longview retake the lead on a 6-yard run by Andre Davis in the final quarter. Roy Taylor would put Marshall infront 15-14 following an 81-yard fumble return with just over 5 minutes to go in the game. After having to give the ball back to the Mavs, Longview was able to get a gift as Marshall's punter punted the ball into his own line giving the Lobos the ball on the Marshall 30-yard line late in the game. Jason Dodson would leap into the end zone from a yard out with just under two minutes to play to put the Lobos up 20-15. But the Mavericks weren't done. Marshall drove all the way down to the Lobo 7-yard line but the clock had expired giving the Lobos the victory and the district crown, thanks to a loss by John Tyler the following afternoon.
#4. Longview 17, Marshall 16 - October 17th, 1969
A mid season meeting that meant very little at the end of things come in at the number four spot, as the 1969 Lobos and 1969 Mavericks were battling for nothing more than pride. The Lobos were fresh off a loss to Texas High the previous week while Marshall was suffering from back to back loss after opening the season undefeated. Longview's Rodney Cox got the scoring started with a 2-yard run before Marshall's Mike Jenkins followed with his own 2-yard rush. Longview took a 14-10 lead into the 4th quarter after Rodney Cox rushed in from a yard out. Marshall took the lead, however, on the next drive as Marshall drove down to the Lobo four-yard line after a 13-play drive. After holding Marshall on consecutive plays from the one, the Maverick's James Phelp went over from there on fourth down with just nine minutes remaining. A missed extra point would prove costly though as Longview took their chance on Jimmy Hill. Jimmy Hill's 19-yard field goal would seal the deal as Longview knocked off their rivals, 17-16.
#5. Longview 17, Marshall 14 - November 3rd, 1978
Longview was suffering their worst season in the last five years. After winning at least a co-share of the district crown the previous four seasons, Longview came into the Marshall game with a 1-3 district record. The Mavericks shut down Longview's rushing attack on the night, holding the Mavericks to 89 rushing yards. But Longview quarterback Victor McGee was able to gain 222 yards passing on just 6 pass completions to help lift the Lobos. Marshall took a 14-10 lead into the 4th quarter, after a 3rd quarter Jimmy Williams 30-yard reception for a score. Longview was pinned deep in their own territory with just two minutes to go until Mike Faggett took in a McGee pass for 72-yards and the leading score. Marshall would not sniff the end zone the remaining portion of the game, as the Lobos walked away with the 17-14 victory.
#6. Marshall 13, Longview 7 - November 23rd, 1939
A Thanksgiving match up comes in at number six as the Lobos and Mavericks met for the 29th time, this year at Maverick Stadium. Longview had won six in a row in the series coming in. The two squads would battle to a 0-0 halftime draw before Longview's T.A. Scott got the scoring started in the third with a 16 yard reception on a pass from Edgar Worsham. Marshall's Sasser would tie the game at 6-all with a 35-yard pass reception. The Lobos, following an Edgar Worsham interception, would drive to the Marshall 26 yard-line late in the fourth quarter. The game would completely flip at that point. Bob Mason picked off a Worsham pass and ran 74 yards the other way to seal the deal for the Marshall Mavericks to bring home a 13-6 victory.
#7. Longview 6, Marshall 0 - September 21st, 1927
The 1927 season would eventually go down as one of the most successful seasons in Lobo history. Defensively, the orange and black men of Longview (at the time) would see only two points be scored on them the entire season, a record that still stands to this day. Coupled along side an 84-point victory that remains the largest margin of victory of Longview history, the 11-0-1 season is one of just three undefeated seasons in the school's history. However, coming into the season, it was not one of high expectations. Longview, a class B school, was taking on their rivals to the east Marshall, a class A school at the time. Marshall had dominated the series leading up to that point, winning 14 of the first 17 games, with only one win coming from Longview. The two teams met at Marshall's Fair Park for the Central East Texas Fair. Both teams battled to a 0-0 tie heading into the final quarter. Longview had the ball in the final two minutes before Leonard Ray rushed in from two yards out to give the Loboes at the victory.
#8. Longview 6, Marshall 0 - November 14, 1947
Longview's offense in the 1947 season nothing short of undesirable. Almost all of Longview's games came down to a single score, and their annual rivalry with Marshall was no different. Despite a strong defense, holding the Mavericks to just 113 yards on the night, the Lobos managed just 12 yards themselves and a single first down. But in the end, that was still enough. Meeting at Maverick Stadium, the Lobos came in undefeated on the season at 8-0, looking to clinch a share of the district crown. Marshall, #6 in the state, was fresh off their first loss of the season in a 7-0 loss to Texas High. Battling to the final quarter at 0-0, Ed Roach hauled in a 20-yard pass from Red Stuckey with just three minutes remaining in the contest to lift the Lobos to a 6-0 rain-soaked victory.
#9. Longview 38, Marshall 35 - September 8th, 2006
Marshall came into Lobo Stadium looking for their first win in 8 years in Longview, fresh off back to back trips to the Class 4A state championship games. While the Mavs have had the success in post season play that the Lobos had failed to, Longview was recently off their first loss in the regular season since the 2003 season. Longview jumped out to a 21-7 lead at halftime, behind three Jazmon Moon touchdowns, with Marshall's only score coming on a kickoff return. In the second half, the offenses got revved up, with seven touchdowns being scored. Marshall pulled within three behind a 3-yard run by Andrew Clough with just under three minutes to go as both teams combined for 739 yards rushing on the night. The Mavericks had a chance in the final seconds but a final hallmark went incomplete. The 35 points by Marshall remains the most points scored by a Maverick team in the last 20 years against Longview.
#10. Marshall 7, Longview 0 - November 2nd, 1962
In 1962, Longview was headed towards their second straight 2-7-1 campaign in what is the lowest point for Longview football. Marshall was fresh off a 6-point loss against Lufkin, which would ultimately cost them the district crown. But on this early November night, these two teams battled to the final quarter. The Lobos were held to just 59 yards on the night, as they were shut out for the third time on the season already. However, it was a fumble in the fourth quarter that ended any chance of a potential tie in Longview's favor. David Thomas carried the ball all the way to the one, before crossing over from that same mark, for the lone touchdown of the game on the first play of the final frame to lift Marshall's Mavericks to a 7-0 victory.