LONGVIEW - Reno Hutchins intercepted two errant passes from his safety position int eh third period and scored on a 32-yard reverse on offense in the same period to key a 30-point second half and a 38-19 comeback win over Dallas Roosevelt here Friday night.
It was the third straight win for the 10th ranked Lobos, but it was a hard one to come by. Longview head coach Doug Cox predicted the Mustangs would throw 25-30 times. They threw 30, and completed 18 for a whopping 268 yards.
Roosevelt came out chucking in the first half, completing eight of 12 for 177 yards which included a 70-yard screen pass yard pass that resulted in a touchdown when two Lobos missed the tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
Trailing 13-8 at halftime, the Lobos took the second half kickoff and after three plays had to punt. The Mustangs took over at their own 24. A screen pas lost nine. Then came another incompletion. Quarterback Dane Maxey went back to throw for the 5th of the night. On this attempt, Hutchins stepped in front of the intended receiver at the 40 and brought it back to the 18.
Five plays later, tailback Dinky Edwards went over from the one.
After the ensuing kickoff, on third and 21, Maxey went to the air again. And again, Hutchins picked it off, returning this one 16 yards to the Roosevelt 36.
Five plays later, Hutchins took a handoff from quarterback Kenny Jackson and reversed around left end for 32 yards for the Lobos' second touchdown within a 3:26 span.
Roosevelt took an early 7-0 lead when Barry Wooten was hit by a host of Lobo defenders at the one and Mustang tackle Tony Florence recovered the bobble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Greg Brown took the kickoff and burst up the middle 86 yards for the six points. After Edwards tacked on the two point conversion to give the Lobos a brief 8-7 lead with 7:41, left in the initial period.
After Hutchins' touchdown in the third, the Lobos took advantage of a bobble punt and fell on the ball at the Roosevelt 48. Six plays later, Bobby Portley broke through the side and race untouched into the end zone from 18 yards away.
The next Lobo points came when Marcus Rogers tackled Roosevelt punter Mark Ridge in the Mustang end zone for a safety to bring the tally to 31-12 with 8:24 remaining in the game.
Roosevelt came back and scored on a 77-yard drive when Herman DeVaughn latched on to a 20-yard aerial with only 1:31 left.
The Lobos, not quitting, pounced on an attempted Mustang onside kick at the Longview 45, and a personal foul penalty against the visitors put the ball at the FDR 40.
Two plays later, reserve quarterback Victor McGee hit tight end Melvin Lewis down the middle for a 20-yard score. Jim Tutt added four extra point kicks without a miss.
Brown's kickoff return made the second game in a row for the Lobo kicking team to score. Last week, against Fort Worth Paschal, Sam Lanier returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown. Brown's effort was the third longest scoring tally in the history of the school.
Cox said before the contest that Roosevelt was the kind of team that went for the big play every down. He was right. And the Mustangs did a pretty good job of it as they had nine plays that gained 15 yards or more and 12 that were over 10.
Total offense was almost the same for both clubs, although it came in extremely different circumstances.