|TYLER - It was exam night Friday for the Longview Lobos. A test of pride, according head coach Robert Bero.
End result: F as in flunked.
After taking a quick 7-0 lead in the opening minute of the game, the Lobos totally unraveled as Tyler Lee captured a 35-14 victory at Rose Stadium.
The win by the Red Raiders was their first over Longview since 1982 (3-0) and only the second in the past 19 years.
Since winning their first six games of the season and rising to No. 3 in the state, the Lobos have completely come apart in the past two weeks to fall to 1-2 in District 12-5A. Last week Longview was routed by Nacogdoches, 33-12.
Overall, Longview slips to 6-2, while Tyler Lee improves to 1-2 and 5-3. With the loss, the Lobos' hopes for a playoff berth - John Tyler and Marshall remain on the schedule - look slim.
The Lobos did rally to take a 14-13 on the opening kickoff of the second half as Bobby taylor raced 85 yards for a touchdown. Dean Malone's extra point gave Longview a one-point advantage after trailing at halftime.
Taylor's kickoff return, his second of the season, came as the result of a fumble catch by Tory Smith, which the 6'4 junior picked up and raced down the left sideline.
Taylor had scored a 96-yard touchdown in the opening game of the season against Killeen.
The one-point difference in the score was also due to taylor who blocked Lee's extra point after its second touchdown right before halftime.
But the remainder of the second half held little highlights for Longview fans. Offensively, the Lobos garnered only one first down and managed just 41 total yards in the second half. They also fumbled once, leading to a Red Raider score, and threw an interception.
For the game, Longview managed only 141 yards, a season-low 80 on the ground. They also could muster only 9 first downs.
And for the second straight week the opposition did not need to punt.
Tailback Andre Davis, who was coming off back-to-back 100-yard games, was limited to 68, 60 of those coming in the first half. Davis had picked up 168 against Lufkin and 132 in the Nacogdoches loss last week.
On defense, Longview was trampled under the feet of Casmer Walker, who after gaining only 18 yards on three carries in the first two quarters, exploded for 179 in the second half.
Walker did not start the game. HE sat out last week's loss to Lufkin and then was ill with the flu earlier in the week and had not practiced.
Overall, Tyler Lee amassed 403 yards, 333 coming on the ground against the traditionally stingy Lobo run-stopping-defense. Last week, Longview surrendered 494 as the Lobos have now allowed nearly 900 yards in two weeks.
The Red Raiders scored on five consecutive possessions. After Taylor's touchdown put Longview ahead, Lee mounted a 79-yard, 11-play drive with tight end Brody clark scoring the go-ahead points on a 41-yard screen pass from quarterback Phillip Gossett.
One series later, Walker scored on a 21-yard sprint through the Lobos' defense as Lee built a 28-14 advantage with 1:12 left in the third quarter.
Tyler Lee's final points came on a 9-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter by Gossett, his second rushing touchdown of the game. Smith's fumbled set up the Red Raider score, turning the football over at the Longview 35-yard line.
After a first-quarter interception by Taylor, which set up Longview's opening touchdown, the Lobo defense went into hibernation.
On consecutive possessions, Tyler Lee put together a steady ground game with Andre Browning diving up the middle for a short yardage touchdown and Gossett scoring from 12 yards out on a keeper.
Longview's only positive showing was a block by Taylor on Clarks' extra point after Gossett's touchdown, as the Red Raiders went into the dressing room leading 13-7.
The Lobos capitalized after Taylor's interception of a Gossett pass which he returned to the Lee 47. Longview marched 47 yards in 14 plays with Davis going the final two. The drive overcame a pair of fourth down plays as well.