|NACOGDOCHES - After watching Longview thrash the Nacogdoches defense for 253 yards rushing and 301 yards total, Lobo offensive coordinator Steve Gaddis beamed like a man who just received a new born son.
As a matter of fact, he was. Gaddis' wife Gloris gave birth to Logan Gray Thursday night.
And Friday night, at Dragon Stadium, Jimmy Smith, Ray Allison and Thomas Stauts provided the cigar as the trio combined for 232 yards and three Lobo touchdowns in a 27-6 victory.
"I thought we dominated the line of scrimmage. Our offensive line and our backs did a good job of blocking," praised Gaddis.
The win improved Longview to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in District 13-5A competition and set up next week's showdown with Lufkin, a 14-10 victor over John Tyler Friday night and also unbeaten in district play.
Nacogdoches even at 3-3 on the year and dropped to 1-2 in league play.
Longview struggled to defeat 'Doches in their last two meetings and early it appeared the Lobos would be in for another battle.
But appearances can be deceiving.
The Dragons opened the game in high style as Dedric Morrison slashed for 48 yards to the Longview 27, sending the homecoming crowd into a frenzy.
But he drive stalled at the 27 and Christian Fontana's 43-yard field goal attempt failed when the ball bounced off the cross bar.
'Doches again moved deep into Longview territory on its net possession only to see Fontana come up short once more.
This time, Lonzell Williams, who was brilliant throughout the game from his defensive end position, blocked Fantana's 31-yard try and the Lobos took over at their own 41.
Led by the running of Stauts and Smith, Longview marched to the first score in seven plays, the touchdown coming when Smith took a pitch right and raced 23 yards into the end zone with 2:04 left in the first period.
David Hill's kick put Longview on top 7-0.
The Lobos ground game got some needed help from the passing attack in Longview's next possession.
After a dead ball personal foul and Smith's six-yard loss, the Lobos faced second and 31 at their own 35.
Kirt Griffin, though, hit Rolanda Reese for 15 yards and 17 yards on successive aerials of a first down at the Dragon's 33.
"That was a key play on second and 31," said Gaddis. "That got us back on trace and enabled us to keep the ball."
Smith, who had 119 yards, his second 100-yard performance in as many starts, exploded into the secondary on the next play and rambled the necessary 33 strides for his second touchdown.
David Hill's extra point made it 14-0 with 7:24 remaining in the half.
Longview could've been in trouble when Eric Faggett and John Reedy, the first and second wing backs and starting tackle Tyrone McEntire were ejected along with Nacogdoches' Chet Driver and Lynn Morris after a scuffle just before halftime.
But with Scotty Combest moving to wingback from tight end and Donald Tryon in for McEntire, the Lobos opened the second half by marching from their own eight-yard line to a touchdown in a 15-play drive which took almost eight minutes.
Allison, who finished with 62 yards, dashed 20 yards for the score with 4:16 showing Hill's kick made it 21-0.
Nacogdoches answered with its only scoring drive. The Lobos have been vulnerable to the pass and Kenneth Wotten took advantage with throws of 16, 27 and 34 yards to move the Dragons to the Longview 11.