TYLER - Reversing their role from a year ago, the Longview Lobos completely dominate the No. 1 ranked John Tyler Lions and went on to post a 29-7 District 14-AAAA upset win in Tyler Friday night.
Ricky Watts caught four passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. The Lobos' victory revenged last year's defeat when they were ranked No. 1 and John Tyler knocked them off with a 16-0 shutout.
Outweighed, the Lobos showed depth as eight backs gained 208 yards rushing against the highly praised Lion defense.
Lobo quarterback Steve Gaddis had an excellent night as he completed five of seven passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
About the only offense John Tyler could muster was the running of halfback Tony Terrell who galloped for 166 yards on 24 carries and score the Lions' only touchdown.
It was supposed to be a match-up of defense but Longview had no trouble making yardage when it was necessary as the Lobos seemed to catch the Lions off guard on big plays.
When Tyler scored its touchdown in the fourth quarter, it marked only the second time the Lobos "Mean Green" defense has even scored on in seven games.
Led by tailback Leo McCoy, the Lobos went 63 yards in seven plays in their second possession to score the first touchdown of the game with two minutes and 44 seconds in the quarter. McCoy picked up 37 yards in the drive and went in standing from five yards out for the touchdown.
Tommy Thomas missed the extra appoint to lave the Lobos with a 6-0 lead.
John Tyler took the kickoff back to the 38 on a fine 28-yard return by Ronnie Jones. The Lions marched to the Lobo 34 before being halted. Kevin Dennis went back to punt and booted the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
Starting on its own 20, the "Green Machine" marched to the John Tyler 12 in 19 plays before it was faced with a fourth and three situation.
The Lobos then lined up for a field goal attempt and Thomas booted a20-yard field goal with 1:45 left in the first half to give the Lobos a 9-0 lead.
On the kickoff, John Tyler's Ronnie Jones fumbled on the Tyler 29 and Lobo Thomas Cook pounced on the loose pigskin.
Out of timeouts with only 1:34 left in the half, Longview had to score fast.
After two running plays had netted only five yards, the Lobos received a five yard penalty for illegal motion that moved them back to the 28.
Gaddis then hit Watts with a perfect pass that was good for 19 yards to the Lions nine. On the next play Gaddis lobbed a pass that Watts gathered in at the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Thomas added the extra point to give the Lobos 1 6-0 lead with only 20 seconds left in the first half.
The Lobos kicked short on the kickoff to keep John Tyler from a long return and Lion Derrick Dillard fell on the board at the John Tyler 46.
Terrell burst loose for 21 yards on the first play that carried the ball to the 33.
Kevin Dennis' pass was incomplete on the next play and on the last play of the first half flanker Danny Jones took a pitch from Dennis and tried to reverse around left end but the "Mean rReen's" Henry Williams pulled him down from behind for no gain.
McCoy had 62 yards rushing on 11 carries int eh firs half. The Lobos took the second half kickoff and couldn't get started and had to punt on fourth down. The two teams traded punts until there was just 2:51 left in the third quarter when Longview took over on its own 35 after holding John Tyler on a fourth and three situation for only two yards.
McCoy gained five yards in two carries and then Watts carried round left end for 17 yards to the John Tyler 43.
Glendell Smith ground out five yards up the middle. Llewelyn Fambles got eight more on the next play to carry the ball to the Tyler 30 and Gaddis stepped back hit Watts with a 30-yard scoring pass.
Thomas' kick was off to the right and left the acre 22-0 with only 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
On the kickoff Thomas boot date ball out of the end zone for a touchback and John Tyler had to start on the 20.
Terrell carried the ball twice for consecutive gains of 17 and eight yards to move the ball to the John Tyler 43.
Then Dennis went back to throw and David Gibson, who had just come in to replace Fambles at safety, intercepted and return the ball to the Lobo 47.
But on the firs play, Glendell Smith fumbled and the Lions recovered on their own 48. Terrell swept right end for seven yards on the first play and then Dennis went back to throw again. Pressured by an onrushing Lobo linemen, he threw off balance and Thomas Cook intercepted, and with a convoy of Lobo blockers in front returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
Thomas added the extra point to give the Lobos a 29-0 lead with only 10:38 left in the game.
After a series of punts by both teams John Tyler started on their own 34, and with Terrell carrying the ball on every play went 66 yards in seven plays with Terrell going across from the three for the touchdown. Gary Johnson added the PAT to cut the Lobos lead to 29-7 with a minute and three seconds left.
The Lobos ran the clock out with an all reverse team in the ball game.