LONGVIEW - Mesquite Horn came into Lobo Stadium and had Longview off-balance for one quarter. Then Vondrell McGee and the Lobos took over, putting up 29 second-quarter points en route to a 52-14 win Friday night.
McGee nearly duplicated his performance from a year ago, where he rushed for 260 yards on eight carries. Before a large "Green Out" crowd Friday, the senior stepped off 244 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns.
The win improves Longview to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in District 12-5A play. The Lobos visit Tyler Lee on Thursday in game that will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. Horn, which was coming off a dramatic 38-35 triple-overtime win against Rockwall last week, slips to 3-3 and 1-1.
Longview kept its feet on the turf as it ground out 465 yards. In addition to McGee's season-high performance, Mark Johnson came off the bench to run for 95 yards on nine carries and score once. Jazmon Moon added 51 yards on 10 carries, while Chris Ivory finished with just 36 yards on eight attempts with a pair of touchdowns.
The Lobos also bottled up Horn tailback Mon Williams, who posted 101 yards on 26 carries and one rushing score. Williams didn't score until midway through the third quarter with Longview holding onto a 35-7 advantage.
Longview added 10 more points in third quarter on a 40-yard field goal from Zach Decker and McGee's fourth rushing touchdown of the game. Johnson finished the scoring late in the fourth quarter.
Horn tried to put Longview behind the eight-ball early by taking the opening possession and driving the length of the field to paydirt. With Williams laying the ground work, quarterback Stephen Schwark finished off the 76-yard, 11-play drive with an 8-yard toss to a wide open Devaun Bakker in the back of the end zone.
After stopping Longview on its initial possession, Horn again mounted a drive into Lobo territory. The Jaguars would reach the 29, which was set up by a deep ball from Schwark to Jerrel Barnett for 48 yards.
That seemed to put a spark life into the Lobos, who would register back-to-back tackles on Williams for negative yardage as Damian Saddler and Cartez Beall combined for a 2-yard loss, followed by the loss of another yard with Letroy Ayers making the play.
On fourth-and-eight, Jarvis Pippins broke up a fourth-down pass and Longview took over on downs. McGee needed just one play to turn his first carry of the game into a 67-yard scoring run up the right sideline. However, the extra point was wide right.
At the end of one quarter, Longview trailed 7-6.
The second stanza, however, was all Longview as the Lobos quickly turned the game into a runaway. They put up 29 points on the scoreboard, getting a pair of touchdowns from both McGee and Ivory, while Carlin Freeman hooked with Ivory and Adrian Reese for a couple of two-point conversion pass plays.
Ivory, who added a 58-yard run to set up the Lobos' second touchdown, finished the half with 192 yards on just seven carries.
Longview scored twice in a span of 36 seconds. They took advantage of a shanked punt by Horn to drive 27 yards in five plays, then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. McGee carried on both plays before finishing off the short field series with a 23-yard run.
Longview tacked on another touchdown one series later as McGee again scored, this time from 10 yards out, after the Lobo defense had pinned Horn deep in its own end of the field.
Williams had just 67 yards on 18 carries at halftime.