TYLER - James Redden, who was starting at free safety in place of the injured Kevin Jones, intercepted a Tyler Lee at the Longview goalie with 1:38 remaining in the game to nail down an 18-14 District 14-AAAA victory for the Lobos over Tyler Lee Saturday night.
The interception thwarted Tyler Lee's only scoring threat in the second half as the Longview offense played ball control in the final two quarters, allowing the Red Raiders to run off 13 plays from scrimmage in the last 24 minutes.
The dramatic come-from-behind trump ended a two-game losing skien for Longview, who had also overcome the adversity of losing three starters during the week when they left the team. Down 14-3 at halftime, Longview took the second half kickoff and promptly marched 57 yards on 12 plays, eating 5:53 off the clock. Rex Owens, making his first at tailback, crashed over three yards away and coach Doug Cox elected to go for the two-point conversion. Dwight Powell took a quick pitch from quarterback Victor McGee and followed a crushing block by fullback Chuck Tomberlain to skirt around right end and plow through two defenders at the goalie to add the conversion.
Trailing by three, 14-11, after the touchdown, Longview held Lee on downs and took over after a punt on its own 31.
A mammoth 69-yard drive that saw 7:13 click off the scoreboard clock in 15 snaps was culminated when McGee rolled to his left and found tight end Mack Faggett crossing over the middle at the 10-yard line and Faggett danced into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown to complete the 26-yard scoring play with 9:19 left in the game.
Tyler Lee got its last chance when Tomberlain ended a Longivew drive by fumbling at the Red Raider 27 and Lee's Randy Grimes fell on the ball.
The Red Raiders cranked up and marched 54 yards to the Longview 18 in seven plays with a big gainer being a 27-yard pass from David Reed to Stephon Dewberry that put the ball at the Lobo 18.
Two plays later, Reed went back to pass again and Redden stepped in front of the intended receiver at the goalie to make the game-saving interception.
Tyler Lee took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 57 yards in six plays with Reed sneaking over from a yard out for the first touchdown of the night. Robert Estes had a 30-yard run during the drive and Reed hit tight end Bruce Lininger with a 22-yard aerial to set up the touchdown at the one yard line. Jeff Howard added the PAT and Tyler Lee led 7-0 with only 2:17 gone in the game.
Tomberlain narrowed the gap to 7-3 when he booted a 28-yard field goal with 3:29 remaining in the first half, to culminate 70-yard drive that took 11 plays.
But the Red Raiders struck back quickly as Ronny Redd ripped off a 49-yard burst on the next play from scrimmage and Reed hit Jerry Simmons on a deep slant eight yards from the end zone on a 28-yard touchdown strike on the next play to put the Red Raiders up 14-3 with 3:06 left in the half.
Longview is now 3-2-1 on the season and 1-2 in league play, while Tyler Lee falls to 2-3-1 and 1-1-1 in district.
Longiviw used eight different ball carries in the contest to offset the loss of the two starting running backs who had left the team. McGee and Owens each rushed for 58 yards and Sammy Boughton added 41 on six carries. McGee, who had his troubles passing since the second game of the season, connected on five of eight aerial attempts for 82 yards.
Tyler Lee ran up 184 yards total offense in the first half to Lonview's 94. But the Red Raiders could garner only 71 in the second half with 64 of that coming on the final desperation attempt. Longview had 180 yards in the first half.