|TEXARKANA - Once again, Longview got off to a hot start Friday night in Texarkana.
But it was a hot finish that lifted the Lobos to a 38-20 win over Texas High in a battle of district unbeatens at Tiger Stadium at Grim Park.
The Tigers jumped to within a touchdown before Longview rattled off 17 unanswered points to move to 5-0 in District 15-5A action.
It was a test that the Lobos haven't seen in the start to district play this season, coming into the contest having outscored opponents 178-33.
"It's always good to win but it was good to face that adversity," Longview head coach John King said. "You don't need to cruise through everything, you need to be tested. That being said, we've got some things to correct in order to avoid those situations.
Trailing 21-7 at halftime, Texas High opened the second half with a six-minute-plus, 58-yard drive to pull within a touchdown. A Lobo fumble gave the ball right back to the Tigers (4-3, 3-1) before the Lobos decided they had been tested enough.
That led to 17 unanswered points for the Lobos with a shutdown defense and an effective offensive attack.
"Texas High came out in the second half with a big return and turned it into points then we come out and fumble," King said. "Hats off to our defense to come out after that, with their backs against the wall, and came away with a stop and we went down and got our two-possession game back."
Tylan Miller notched his fourth 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 155 yards and scoring runs of two and five yards. Marquies Hunter added a one-yard score and Dezmond Chumley called his own number for a 21-yard scoring jaunt for the Lobos, who ran the ball 39 times and passed eight times.
"It was a run-heavy game, probably too run heavy," King said. "But Tylan had a good night for us. That's the thing about Dezmond and our group of receivers, they can make the plays, but when we run the ball like that, they don't gripe. They want to win the ballgame."
The passing game was efficient when their number was called, highlighted by a Chumley 17-yard pass to Jon Sorey on a Lobo fourth down and another to Emmanuel Gordon for seven yards on third down to continue a drive. Hunter hauled in two catches for 38 yards.
Defensively, the Lobos, who were limiting opponents to 1.5 yards per carry in district action, held the Tigers to nine total rushing yards.
For the third-straight game, the Mean Green defense put up points with Keenan Madden taking an interception - his third of the season - 37 yards to paydirt in the fourth quarter. It was the second-straight game with points for the junior defensive back. Trey Lanier also had a fourth-quarter interception for the Lobos
The passing game was strong for Texas High, with Sophomore quarterback CadePearson throwing for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Javon Thomas - who also had a three-yard rushing score - hauled in a 58-yard scoring pass. Fellow Tulsa commit Jarion Anderson scored on a 77-yard pass from Pearson.
The win was a three-phase victory for the Lobos with a 39-yard field goal from Andres Perez to start the fourth-quarter rout, a fumble recovery on a muffed punt from long snapper Antonio Carter and a fake field goal with Cameron Castleberry taking in the two-point conversion.
Longview opened the contest with points for the seventh-straight game with Miller rushing for 55 yards on the 58 yard scoring drive.
After a quick three-and-out for the Tigers, Texas High picked off a tipped ball on Longview's second possession in Lobo territory. The defense held, highlighted with a big hit from cornerback Jakoryian Walker on third and nine.
Longview answered with a 78-yard scoring march continued on Sorey's 17-yard catch with Hunter capping it with a one-yard jaunt.
Texas High got on the board with Pearson's 58-yard strike to Thomas.
The Tigers muffed a high, 45-yard punt from Perez and Longview capitalized with Chumley scoring from 21 yards for a 21-7 lead at halftime.
Texas High chewed up the clock, pulling to within a touchdown on Thomas' three-yard score. Longview fumbled its first play of the second half but the defense held the Tigers to a missed field goal at the Lobo 22-yard line.
Perez' field goal from 39 yards put Longview up 24-14 and Lanier intercepted Pearson, setting up a quick score from Miller.
Madden broke on a ball as Texas High began the ensuing possession at the Lobo 34 and took it 37 yards to the house for Longview's 17th point in under six minutes off the clock.
Longview hosts Mount Pleasant next week while Texas High visits Marshall.