|LONGVIEW - Even an upset stomach in the second half couldn't slow down Derek Farmer as the Tyler Lee running back posted his third consecutive 200-yard game to lead the Red Raiders to a 42-28 win over Longview Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
In a battle between Farmer and Lobo quarterback Joel Armstrong, the Lee speedster had plenty of help from his teammates as the Red Raiders totaled 513 yards of offense Armstrong set a career-best with 314 yards passing, tossing three touchdowns and scoring once himself on the ground.
Lee improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the District 12-5A race. Longview fell to 2-5 and 0-2.
"We were in position to make the plays, had our hands on their backs," said Lobo coach Pat Collins. "Against a team like Tyler Lee, you can't afford not to take advantage of each series you have. Not with the offense they've got. You have to make each series count."
Farmer led Lee's ground assault with 204 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. He had 165 yards and all three of this scores before halftime. He left the ball midway through the third quarter and didn't return until halfway through the fourth.
Jimmie Gamble filled in nicely for Farmer and rumbled for an additional 168 yards on 17 carries, plus scored once and the two Red Raiders chewed up the turf. Quarterback Ty Wright also stepped up with 131 yards passing and a touchdown.
It was the Lobos, however, who lit up the scoreboard first as Armstrong found Donald Kenney behind the secondary for a quick-strike 46-yard touchdown on their third play from scrimmage.
Longview's defense had made a stand on the game's initial position.
Farmer finally got things going for Lee on its third series, as it marched 83 yards in just five plays. Farmer carried the final 36 yards for a 7-all tie with 1:51 to play in the opening quarter.
Touchdown runs of 1 and 48 yards by Farmer on each of the Red Raiders' subsequent possessions helped Lee take a 21-7 lead with 6:13 showing before halftime. Farmer's their touchdown came on a fourth-and-one play.
Longview did answer back as Armstrong and Willie Andrews hooked for a 59-yard scoring strike on the Lobos' ensuing series. Andrews broke a tackle just past midfield en route to the first of his two touchdowns.
However, Lee wasn't done as Wright finished off a 79-yard, 8-play drive, finding Jerome Taylor in the back of the end zone for an 18-yard scoring pass with 55 tickets left on the clock.
Longview again used the big play to open the second half as Armstrong and Andrews hooked up, this time for 67 yards on the first play of the third quarter.
But Gamble would pad Lee's cushion to 35-21 as he capped a 75-yard, 8-play drive with a 1-yard run into the end zone.
Armstrong scored for Longview on a quarterback keeper at the 7:25 mark of the fourth quarter, and Wright did the same for Lee with 31 seconds remaining in the contest to close out the scoring.
Andrews finished with four catches for 166 yards, while Walter Sharp caught four for 69, and Kenney also hauled in four catches for 71.
Longview travels to Marshall next Friday, while Lee hosts Nacogdoches on Saturday.