LONGVIEW - How 'bout them Lobos!
Three fourth-quarter touchdowns by Fred Hawkins, along with a heavy dose of Joel Armstrong and Willie Andrews, plus a momentum-shifting interception by LaMario Hollis lifted the Longview Lobos to a rousing 33-17 victory over No. 2 ranked and three-time defending Class 5A State Champion Midland Lee Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
The Lobos came ready to play in their home-opener, and then proceeded to deliver. After seeing a pair of first-half leads decipate in the third quarter, Longview scored 20 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes to pull off one of the biggest wins in recent years.
"Midland Lee is an absolutely fantastic football team," said Longview coach Pat Collins, "I think the 500-mile trip took its toll, just like it did to us (last year).
"I told our players, I thought that second half would be the difference. In the third quarter I thought we showed them some fortitude, then the goal line situation with the interception really turned it around for us."
With Lee leading 17-13 and facing a first-and-goal from the Lobo 1, an illegal procedure pushed the Rebels back to the 6. Then quarterback Cole Sampson tried a short pass toward the right front corner of the end zone, which Hollis tipped and intercepted in the end zone for a touchback.
Longview then marched 80 yards in five plays, including a 37-yard run by Andrews to the Rebel 10. Two more carries by the senior tailback set up Hawkins' 2 yard burst into the end zone. The Lobos regained the lead again at 20-17 following Alex Cammack's extra point with 11:54 left in the game.
The Lobos then got a defensive stand as the Rebels went three and out. Andrews returned the ensuing punt 15 yards to the Longview 48.
Hawkins again scored to finish off a 53-yard, 10-play drive. Three times on the drive the Lobos came up big on third down, picking up a first on a short acrry by Artillious, then getting a 16-yard completion from Armstrong to Andrews, and Armstrong picking up a botched snap and scrampering 11 yards to the Lee 5.
One play later, Hawkins scored.
Longview quickly got the ball back as the Rebels fumbled away the kick off with Jarett Gipson recovering at the Lee 13. The Lobos would face a fourth-and-3 from the 7, but Hawkins sealed the game with his third touchdown at the 2:59 mark.
Andrews finished with 132 yards on 14 carries, plus had four receptions for 64 yards. Armstrong was 6 of 11 for 116 yards throguh the air, and then added 85 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Hawkins rushed for 39 yards on eight carried.
Lee's Freddie Jones ran for a game-high 196 yards on 25 carries - nearly two-thirds of the Rebels' total offense. He also scored twice, a 2 yard run in the first quarter and a 1-yard carry in the third as Lee fell behind early 10-0 and then trailed 13-10 at halftime.
Cammack had given Longview its first points as he kicked a 30-yard field goal on the Lobos' opening drive. Armstrong scored on a short keeper following an interception by James Stephens as Lee attempted a fake punt from its own 40.
Longview marched 62 yards in 5 plays to score with 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Rebels then rallied to tie behind Jones' 2-yard touchdown and Fletcher Pendergrass's 21-yard field goal with 2:15 left before halftime.
Cammack put the Lobos back on top as they answered with a 55-yard drive ending with Cammack's 53-yard field goal with just 12 seconds showing on the clock.