TYLER - The Longview Lobos enjoyed two victories here Friday night in Rose Stadium and Stephan Howland and the Tyler Lee Red Raiders were the victims.
Firstly, Joe Johnson won the battle of tailbacks with Howland, Lee's District 13-AAAAA leading rusher. Johnson romped for 148 yards on just 16 carries, while Howland managed just 62 on 17 against an inspired Lobo defender.
Secondly, and most importantly, Longview trounced the Red Raiders, 27-3, to open district play on a positive note and advance its record to 4-0. Lee fell to 2-2.
Longview totally dominated the game one very possible way. The Lobos rushed for 276 yards to Lee's 116. They passed for 96 to Lee's five and picked up 18 first downs compared to Red Raiders' seven.
The Lobos even won the coin toss.
Actually, winning the coin toss was one of the few bad things that happened to the Lobos. Alvernon Jones took a handoff from Glenn Moore on the opening kickoff, but coughed the ball up when hit and Lee's Lamar Dixon claimed the loose ball at the Lobo 26-yard line. That led to a 23-yard field goal by Jim Banken and a 3-0 lead with 9:31 showing in the opening stanza.
However, that was the last to be heard of from the Raiders offense.
Longview found itself in business at its own 36 with 3:25 left in the first quarter after an 11-yard punt by Marlon Oliver. On first down Clifford Powell burst up the middle for 33 yards to the REL 31.
Seven plays later, on the first play of the second period, quarterback Eric Harris snaked into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Carter Meyer's PAT was blocked and the Lobos led 6-3.
It didn't take long for the Lobos to add to their lead.
On their next possession the Lobos drove 63 yards in five plays for the touchdown. The drive culminated when Johnson took a pitch left, cut behind a crunching block by Joel Johnson, and raced 37 yards to pay dirt with 8:01 showing before halftime.
Johnson hit Jones with a halfback pass for the two-point conversion to make the score 14-3.
The Lobos threatened to score again when Harris hit Jones with a 13-yard strike and Jones lateral led to Johnson who raced 29 yards to the REL 13 to complete the flea flicker.
But Longview's drive was thwarter when Steve Conley stepped in front of Harris' pass for Charles Smith at the 10 and returned the interception to the 33.
It was Harris' first interception of the season.
Kevin Allums picked off the first of three Longview interceptions on the next play at the Longview 48. After Harris was sacked for a 4-yard loss, he lofted a long pass for Jones, who reeled in the aerial, sidestepped Adrian Howard, and dashed in for the score with 26 seconds left before halftime. The extra point failed.