|WACO - Longview linebacker Dacorris Ford didn't have a lot to say after his team played Pflugerville on Saturday. Few words were needed, because what Pflugerville did to his team was simple and painful.
Pflugerville ran the ball well, blocked even better and the attempts the Lobos made to rally against the Panthers were defused by their own mistakes.
Totaled up, it gave Pflugerville a surprisingly one-sided, 35-14 win over Longview in the Class 5A Division II Region II final before 7,500 spectators at Waco ISD Stadium.
Pflugerville's Wing-T offense rumbled for 369 yards, snapping a 12-game winning streak for the Lobos (12-2) and handing Longview its largest margin of defeat since the Lobos dropped their 2000 season opener to Midland Lee and current Chicago Bear Cedric Benson, 40-7. The 35 points were the most Longview allowed this season.
''They ran to the outside well,'' said Ford, his face damp with tears. ''I don't know why we couldn't stop them.''
Pflugerville (11-3) advances to a state semifinal next week for the first time since 1970, and will face Abilene - which won the Region I title game over Hebron, 20-10, on Saturday.
Pflugerville's offense got going early, courtesy of a 49-yard pass strike from Brandon Wilson to Jordan Huffman. The pass set up a five-yard touchdown run by Zavier Gooden with 9:20 left in the first quarter. Gooden led all players with 115 yards rushing on 15 carries.
A 53-yard run by Greg Nwoko set up a 16-yard touchdown run by Marcus Carruth with 1:53 left in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead. Pflugerville was in position to end the game early, but the Longview defense stopped Nwoko for no gain on a fourth-and-one at the Longview 25-yard line.
Two plays got Longview back in the game on the ensuing drive.
On a fourth-and-three at their own 32-yard line, the Lobos called a fake punt and Drew Harden got a six-yard run for a first down. That set up a 47-yard pass from Damion Lewis to Travrus Brown, in which Brown dragged the tackler to the Pflugerville one-yard line. Johnny Garrett punched it in on the next play for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 2:56 left in the first half.
However, Pflugerville took the momentum of Longview's touchdown away, as Wilson rambled 40 yards for a touchdown with 43 seconds left in the first half. That gave Pflugerville a 21-7 halftime lead, Longview's largest halftime deficit of this season. Pflugerville had 216 rushing yards in the first half.
''I was proud of the way our offensive line did with its zone blocking,'' said Nwoko, who had 83 yards rushing. ''They would block on the outside and coach (George Herrmann) told us to cut back to the inside.''
Longview moved 49 yards on its first four plays of the second half, but on the fourth play, fullback Mark Johnson was stripped of the ball and A.J. Reese recovered for Pflugerville.
On Longview's next drive, receiver Aaron Hollins was stripped of the ball by defensive end Logan Robichau, and Justin Sorrell recovered the fumble at the Longview 20-yard line.
Five plays later, on a third-and-goal, Wilson found Jordan Huffman for a seven-yard touchdown pass to give Pflugerville a 28-7 lead with 5:27 left in the first half.
''The two fumbles cost us momentum,'' Longview coach John King said. ''We had several plays in the game that hurt us.''
Longview did have some success moving the ball, with 343 total yards, and had a 20-14 edge in first downs.
But facing a 28-7 deficit, Longview was forced to pass in a wind that was similar to last week's 25 miles per hour gusts in Corsicana, where Longview played Leander. Longview's next two drives ended on downs.
Carruth later added a 10-yard touchdown with 4:53 left to give Pflugerville a 35-7 lead.
Longview did show pride with a two-yard touchdown run from Garrett with 2:45 remaining, but Plfugerville's defense keyed on stopping Garrett.
After rushing for over 200 yards in each of Longview's two previous playoff games, Garrett was held to 38 yards on Saturday. Pflugerville had nine tackles for losses, two by Robichau, and an interception by Depaul Marshall.
Longview did get 101 yards receiving from Brown and Jon Writt had an interception on defense. Like many seniors on Longview's squad, neither have been heavily recruited by colleges.
Yet this group of Lobos was able to make Longview's deepest run since 2002, a run that eluded current University of Texas standout Vondrell McGee and University of Oklahoma standout Trent Williams when they were Lobos.
''We didn't have the talent we have had here, but this was a good team ... this was a great team,'' King said