TYLER - An uncanny passing attack in the first half and a ball-control running game in the final two periods along with a stiff defense gave the Longview Lobos an easy 21-3 District 14-AAAA win over Tyler Lee here Saturday night.
Kenny Jackson connected on seven of 11 aerials attempts before the halfway point for 80 yards to give the now 6-0 Lobos a 14-3 lead at intermission.
Reserve tailback Sam Lanier came off the bench to run for 89 yards, 66 in the second half, to key the Lobo running attack for 215 yards. Dinky Edwards, the starter at tailback, garnered 77 steps in 22 carries.
In the meantime, Longview's Mean Green defense, held Tyler Lee to just three first downs and 88 total yards. The Red Raiders' only points came on a mammoth 52-yard field goal by Gene Granum with 4:26 showing in the first period with a stiff 15-20 mile an hour wind behind his back.
Longview took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80 yards in 20 plays, eating up 9:35 off the clock, with most of the yardage coming with Edwards carrying over left tackle Steve Boyd, who is playing for the first time since the season opener when he suffered a broken arm.
Edwards followed Boyd 15 times for a total of 58 yards in the march, finally blasting over from the one-yard line. Jim tutt kicked the extra point to give the Lobos a 7-3 lead with 7:41 remaining in the first half.
After the kickoff, Tyler Lee's Ricky Flournoy coughed up the ball on the third play and the Lobos' Mike Claxton fell on the loose pigskin at the Lee 32.
Nine plays later Lanier went over from three yards out and Tutt again added the point after.
Jackson passed for a total of 54 yards on the 32-yard drive, after Longview was handed 38 yards in penalties during the series.
The final Lobo touchdown was set up again by the Mean Green when Arthur Burnett recovered a fumble at the Tyler Lee six with 2:23 showing in the third quarter. Four plays later Edwards blasted over from the one-yard line. Tutt added the extra point and with 28 seconds remaining in the third stanza, the scoring was complete.
The final quarter saw Longview coach Doug Cox empty his bench and the two teams jockeyed for field position during the final 12 minutes.
Most of the final period was spent on Tyler Lee's end of the field. In all fairness, however, the Red Raiders' offense had taken a severe jolt when starting quarterback Bruce Henderson suffered a strained ligament last week in a 38-0 loss to Marshall.
Tyler Lee is now 2-3-1 and plays Lufkin next week, while Longview hosts John Tyler in a league shootout. Both at 2-0 in loop action.