LONGVIEW - Longview is playoff bound for the second straight year under head coach Pat Collins as the Lobos ended a five-yard losing drought at Rose Stadium with a convincing 42-7 win over John Tyler.
The win was the second of the year over the Lions in the District 11-5A round robin format. On Oct. 4 at Lobo Stadium, Longview knocked off John Tyler by the score of 28-7.
However, Friday night's contest was played before one of the smallest crowds ever in the long storied rivalry between the two schools with about 6,000 fans in attendance. Longview evens it district slate at 2-2 and improves to 6-2 overall, while snapping a two-game losing streak. John Tyler falls to 0-4 and 3-5.
The Lobos had not won at Rose Stadium since a 20-14 win on Halloween night in 1997 over John Tyler.
"I really felt like our team was intense and ready to play," said Collins. "We looked kind of rough at the beginning, but then all of a sudden we got into the flow of things. I just had a feeling we were going to play good. It It was just one of those things. I just don't believe that you've got a football team that can work as hard as this one did this past week and not be ready to play a football game.
"I think we all learned a great lesson from that. We look forward to the game next week against (Robert E.) Lee in Lobo Stadium."
Longview continues the second round of district play next Friday when it hosts league-leading Tyler Lee, which beat defending champion Lufkin for the second time this season 21-20 in overtime at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. The Red Raiders are 4-0 in district, while Longview and Lufkin are each 2-2.
The Lobos got a strong performance on offense from quarterback Joel Armstrong, who was 5 of 8 for 107 yards passing and two touchdowns, and tailback Jerrel Williams with 125 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown. As a team, they ran the football 50 times for 271 yards.
Defensively, Longview held John Tyler in check until Chris Fuller broke a 55-yard touchdown run with 2:47 remaining. However, by then the Lobos had cleared the bench. The Lions finished with 179 total yards, but 55 came on Fuller's run, and 85 in the fourth quarter against Longview's second string.
A 28-point second quarter by the Lobos bro the game open as Longview took a commanding 35-0 lead in the dressing room as a large number of the John Tyler fans were heading for the exit.
Armstrong had a hand in four of the touchdowns, tossing a pair and running in two https://lobohistory.com. He was 4 of 5 through the air for 90 yards, and the only incomplete pass being his first interception of the season. Williams paced the ground game as the Lobos ran for 144 in the first half, with the junior gaining 98 on 11 carries.
After a slow start where Armstrong was sacked twice in the Lobos' first possession and then threw an interception in the second, Longview finally caught fire.
LaRandall McKind's sixth interception of the season set up the Lobos' first score as they marched 74 yards in seven plays. Williams moved the ball into John Tyler territory with four straight carries for 52 yards. Longview was briefly slowed by a holding penalty, but on first-and-20, Armstrong hit Gordon Freeman for the Sophomore's first-ever varsity touchdown on a 23-yard scoring play.
One series later, the Lobos started at their own 46 and covered 54 yards in eight plays before Armstrong ran in from the 5. The Lobos also survived a near disaster when the senior quarterback fumbled on the previous play, but had the ball roll out of the bounds without changing possession. Alex Cammack added the point-after and Longview led 14-0 with 7:47 showing in the second quarter.
The Lobos then added three more scores in a span of five minutes, 19 seconds. The first the result of a fumble as Quintile Jackson knocked the ball loose from John Tyler quarterback Antoine Bush and Keaton Daniels recovered for Longview at the Lion 6. Two plays later, Armstrong snuck across from a yard out with 6:45 showing.
The last two Lobo touchdowns of the quarter came as the result of pinning the Lions deep in their own territory. After a short punt and a 6-yard return by McKind, Armstrong threw a perfect pass to Rogers Taylor for a 35-yard scoring strike at the 4:46 mark.
Forcing another John Tyler punt, McKind returned the punt 33 yards to the Lion 38. Williams ran for a short 4-yard gain and Armstrong hit Malcolm Kelly in stride for 19 yards, moving the ball to the 15. Williams then completed the drive with his sixth rushing touchdown of the season as just 1:26 remaining on the game clock before halftime.
John Tyler reached the Lobo 40-yard line on its second possession, but was forced to punt and then the Longview 44 before Bush was sacked to end the half. The Lions managed just 1-yard rushing in the first half. They had 40 yards passing.