|LONGVIEW - Forty-five minutes of shutout football from the Longview defense has the Lobos off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time in eight seasons.
The Lobo offense, when it could get out of its own way, had a hand in that too.
Jordan Lawson threw for two touchdown passes and the Lobos turned to running back by committee to take a 38-7 win over South Oak Cliff on Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
With District 11-6A action up next, Longview moves to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2009.
Longview rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 299 through the air and 227 on the ground. What killed the Lobo offense was a season-high 12 penalties for 75 yards and three fumbles, none of which were lost.
Meanwhile, the Lobo defense continued its strong start to the season, holding South Oak Cliff scoreless after the Golden Bears (1-2) opened Friday night with a quick scoring drive.
"Offensively, it didn"t feel like it was a great night with penalties and bad snaps killing drive but they were resilient and kept playing," Longview head coach John King said. "Defense played well and adjusted to the speed of the game with the looks that they gave us.
"They swarmed to the football all night long."
South Oak Cliff finished with 78 yards on 25 carries and connected on six passes for 97 yards. The Golden Bears finished 1-for-9 on third down, the lone conversion coming on the game-opening touchdown pass from Sean Simms to Derrick Coleman for a 61-yard score.
Roshodrick Harmon had an interception, Da'Marjai Dearion was in the South Oak Cliff backfield and the Lobos benefitted from strong play from the linebacker duo of Ja'Vontae Writt and Kevion Bush.
Junior Keilyn Williams with with 105 yards on the ground, leading eight ball carriers for the Lobos. Williams added a 10-yad touchdown run to his night.
Jaquan Edwards (8 carries, 48 yards) and Nigel Foster (4-16) added rushing touchdowns as well with runs of 10 and three yards, respectively.
Junior receiver Jacob Johnson had five catches for 93 yards. Jaylin Brown hauled in a 63-yard score and fellow tight end Daquavion Randall had four catches for 57 yards.
Fullback Paul Hutchins finished with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Lawson and Chris Kessler added a 39-yard field goal to complete the Lobo scorers.
After South Oak Cliff jumped ahead, Williams capped an 11-play, 76-yard drive with his 10-yard score for a 7-7 tie after the first quarter.
Lawson and Brown connected and Kessler added a field goal in the second quarter for a 17-7 Lobo lead at halftime, 24 minutes that had seven Lobo penalties.
Longview broke it open on the opening drive of the third quarter when Lawson, with pressure, found Hutchins on a screen pass for a 31-yard catch-and-run score.
Edwards and Foster added fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Lobos, who travel to Mesquite Horn next week in the 11-6A opener.