TYLER - The road continues to be unkind to the Longview Lobos.
Paced by Matt Flynn's 201 yards passing and two touchdowns, plus one rushing touchdown, the Tyler Lee Red Raiders moved to the front of the District 12-5A football race with 38-19 victory over Longview here Friday night before a crowd of 9,000 at Rose Stadium.
Longview drops to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in district. The Lobos return to the friendly confines of Lobo Stadium next Friday to host Marshall. They are 4-0, but 0-3 in road games.
Lee improves to 5-2 and 2-0 and will visit Nacogdoches on Friday.
Flynn was 13 of 19, twice using the screen pass to avoid Longview's blitzing defense for touchdown connections. He connected with Blake Womble for 33 yards in the second quarter and later found Byron Fields for 16 as time expired in the third stanza.
The loss by the Lobos spoiled a pair of solid performances by quarterback Joel Armstrong and Willie Andrews. Armstrong ran for 155 yards on 17 carries, while Andrews picked up 175 on 15. Andrews score once on a 1-yard dive over the pile in the third quarter.
After giving up two early touchdowns for the second straight week, Longview scored nine unanswered points to close to within 14-9 at halftime. However, Lee, which has struggled this season with its kicking game, got a 92-yard kickoff return by freshmen Throne Ross to start the second half.
Longview did get Andrews' 1-yard run and Alex Cammack's second field goal of the game, this coming from 30 yards, to close within 31-19. The Lobos would get no closer.
The Red Raiders took advantage of a huge Lobo turnover when the Lobos attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-nine from the Lee 45. Armstrong bobbled the snap and the ball ended up at the Longview 21. Tate Casey recovered the ball after it had been kicked several times by players from both teams.
Lee then went to work, first picking up a personal foul call against the Lobos and then scoring as Fields converted on a short screen pass for a 16-yard scoring play. Flynn later wrapped up the scoring for the Red Raiders with a 2-yard keeper with 2:39 to play.
Lee took to the air early as Flynn and the Red Raiders built an early 14-0 advantage. The junior completed 10 of 14 for 151 yards and one touchdown.
Flynn hit Womble five times, including a 33-yard catch-and-run off a screen play with 11:50 left in the second quarter. The nine-play, 85-yard drive put Lee up by 12.
The Red Raiders went for two points after Marvin Byrdsong had blocked the extra point attempt on the previous Lee touchdown. However, on the Flynn-to-Womble score, Lee was flagged for excessive celebration. With the ball placed on the 18, Flynn drilled the ball between a pair of Lobo defenders to Brad Bergfeld for the conversion.
But, Longview scored on consecutive possessions to close the deficit to 14-9.
The Lobos marched 69 yards in 10 plays with Cammack converting a 27-yard field goal. The big play in the drive was a 25-yard keeper by Armstrong. Andrews also picked up 28 yards on four carries.
Again Lee came back through the air, but on Flynn's pass to Bergfeld down the left sideline on third-and-four, the Red Raider receiver was ruled to have caught the ball out of bounds on what would have been a 42-yard completion.
Longview got the ball back, forcing the first Lee punt of the ball game. Taking over at their own 27, the Lobos drove 73 yards in six plays. A 54-yard run by Andrews set up a first-and-goal at the Lee 7. Two plays later, Artillious Allison scored from two yards with 1:54 to play.
A two-point conversion attempt failed when Armstrong slipped on the turf.
Lee took its first possession and drove 57 yards in eight plays with Smith capping off the scoring drive with a 2-yard run. A 15-yard completion from Flynn to Bergfeld, and runs by 14 and 9 by Fields kept the drive moving.
The Lobos were hurt by eight penalties for 48 yards. However, Armstrong ended the half with 111 yards on nine carries, and Andrews added 95 on seven.