|LONGVIEW - Team concept has not been lost on Longview in the four football games played thus far this season. Considering the game took 3 1/2 hours to play, the Lobos needed everybody they could muster.
For the third game in as many weeks, the Lobos continually shuttled players on and off the field, while rolling up 44 points en route to a 44-20 victory over Dallas Roosevelt Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
The win improved the No. 5-ranked Class 5A Lobos to 4-0, while Roosevelt, ranked eighth in 4A, dropped its second game of the year to fall to 2-2.
Longview needed all its first-half muscle as Roosevelt mounted a strong passing attack over the final two quarters. Mustang quarterback Michael Dean finished with 258 yards, completing 12 of 37 for three touchdowns.
Dean had only 97 to end the first half.
The 6-4, 215-pound senior connected with Terrance Sharper in the third quarter for 54 yards and then Clint Thompson for 38 int he fourth to cut hte deficit to 17 points, 37-20.
Longview got an early insurance touchdown in the second half when Bobby taylor came in from the left side to block Terrance Bennett's punt and then scooped it up for the score.
Randy Floyd, the Lobos' third tailback of the night, finished the scoring with an 11-yard run with 4:16 left in the game. The senior finished with 73 yards after gaining only 19 in the opening half.
Junior starter Andre Davis paced the Longview running ground, which for the first time this season surpassed 300 yards with 326, rambling for 77 on 15 carries.
The Lobos also turned the ball over four times in the second half with three fumbles and an interception. In addition, Longview was whistled for 113 yards in penalties.
Michael Reedy paced the first-half scoring for the Lobos with a pair of touchdowns, while touching hte ball only twice. He scored from 26 and 28 yards.
Reedy was one of seven different running backs used by Longview as hte Lobos gained 208 yards on the ground in the first half.
Longview posted 21 points in the first quarter for the second straight week to take a 30-7 lead into the dressing room.
The Lobos trailed for only the second time this season as Roosevelt's Dean connected with Keiven Ward for a 13-yard scoring pass with 8:30 left in the opening quarter.
Longview came right back as Davis single-handedly carried the Lobos from their own 36-yard line, culminating the six-play scoring drive with a two-yard dive into the end zone. A face mask call on the Mustangs after a 29-yard run by Davis gave Longview a first-and-goal at the seven.
Davis then successfuly converted a two-point conversion attempt for a seven-point Lobo advantage at the 5:41 mark.
Longview's defense finally put the brakes on Roosevelt's passing game and after a short punt by Bennett took over with good field position at its own 44.
Driving the distance in five plays, which included a 10 yard penalty for holding against the Lobos, Reedy raced 26 yards through the middle of Roosevelt's defense for six points and a 21-7 lead.
Reedy's second touchdown came from 28 yards on a 58-yard, four-play drive in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
It followed a Mustang free kick. On fourth down and deep in his own territory at the 18, Bennett had the snap go through his hands for a safey as Taylor, who attempted to receover it, knocked the ball through the end zone.
The Lobos scored first on its first play from scrimmage when Todd Dauper scored from 45 yarsd with 11:45 showing. The Mustangs, after a first down reception by Thompson, fumlbed it to the Lobos.
But Dean Malone's extra point was wide ot the left, leaving Longview with a 6-0 edge.
Longview closes out non-district play next Friday (7:30 p.m.) by hosting Dallas South Oak Cliff.