|LONGVIEW - One bad quarter brought long streaks of good tradition to an end for Longview on Friday.
Lobo mistakes helped John Tyler score 28 points in the second quarter, all the points the Lions would need to hand the Lobos a 28-14 loss at Lobo Stadium. Two Longview turnovers and a short punt helped John Tyler's cause in the second frame.
The loss snapped a 28-game home winning streak - not including a forfeit to Shreveport Evangel in 2008 because of an ineligible player - stretching back to a 14-0 loss to Lufkin on Nov. 6, 2003. It is the first on-field loss at home since John King took over as Longview's head coach in 2004. Meanwhile, John Tyler (1-1) - ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press' Class 4A state poll - celebrated snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Lobos dating to 2000.
"We stunk it up in the second quarter. It was turnovers on offense, a poor kicking game and we gave up big plays on defense," King said. "We stunk it up on offense the whole game."
Longview (1-1) played the majority of the game without starting quarterback LaDarrin Robertson, who apparently suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. King said Robertson's status is questionable for next Friday's game at Allen, the No. 5-ranked team in AP's Class 5A state poll.
The game started well for Longview as Robertson connected with Eric Hawkins on a 90-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage. After Robertson left the game, Sophomore Bivins Carraway filled in at quarterback. Carraway finished 10-for-21 passing for 108 yards and two interceptions, both by Triston Wade.
A 16-yard punt by Kyle Jenkins gave John Tyler the ball on the Longview 25-yard line, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Damarcus Humber on a fourth-down play to tie the game 7-7 with 10:48 left in the second quarter.
A 58-yard screen pass from David Bush to Chris Hackett set up a two-yard touchdown run by Devonte Haggerty, giving John Tyler a 14-7 lead with 6:30 left in the second. On the ensuing kickoff return, Michael Owens stripped the ball from Hawkins and Quincy Manning recovered for the Lions. The next play, Jeremiah Henry - who didn't play for John Tyler in a 17-14 loss to Lufkin for a disciplinary reason -rushed 16 yards for a touchdown.
On Longview's next play from scrimmage, Robert Wheeler forced and recovered a Jovorus Poole fumble at the Longview 33-yard line. This eventually led to a 12-yard touchdown run by Haggerty with 3:54 left in the second quarter, giving John Tyler a 28-7 halftime edge.
After throwing for 33 yards against Lufkin, Bush - a verbal commitment to TCU - was 10-for-15 for 160 yards in the first half alone. Bush finished 14-for-22 for 196 yards passing. John Tyler was also fortunate with bounces of the ball as the Lions had five fumbles, four in the first half, but lost none. Longview had four first-half turnovers.
The teams basically played even in the second half, but by the time Longview cut into John Tyler's lead with a two-yard touchdown run by Dakota Anthony, there was 3:23 remaining and victory was practically out of reach. After rushing for 257 yards as a team in last week's 31-9 win at Marshall, Longview was held to 91 yards by the Lions. John Tyler dropped this year from Class 5A to 4A. Longview returned to Class 5A this year, after back-to-back Class 4A Division I state runner-up finishes.
"I said all week John Tyler has a very good team," King said. "They could end up where we were the last two years."
Longview finished with a slight edge in total yards, 289-284. Diop Johnson had two tackles for losses and forced a fumble for Longview.
John Tyler takes on arch rival Tyler Lee next Friday at Trinity Mother Francis Rose Stadium.