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Lobos snap SS winning streak

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LONGVIEW— That didn’t take long.

Instead of Longview and Sulphur Springs battling it out in a toe-to-toe high scoring marathon game, it was a one-sided affair decided early.

The 45-0 loss to the Lobos snapped a 14-game record-setting winning streak by the Wildcats which included the 2008 Division II Class 4A state title.

Like a bandage being pulled quickly off a wound, it hurts now. But long term the district race is far from decided.

Sulphur Springs played better last year after losing in district and falling for the statewide polls. They went 9-1 after the 2008 32-13 defeat to Longview.

But still, after not having tasted defeat since Oct. 10, 2008. Losing was a bitter pill to swallow.

“We got whipped,” Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said summing up the three hour contest in a three word sentence. “No need to put a spin on or sugarcoat it. Bottomline, they whipped us. We played horrible, nothing else to say. Offensively we were very inept, we couldn’t even get lined up at times. We played hard, we didn’t make plays. They’re just better with tremendous speed. You name it, it happened. This doesn’t end our season.”

What was evident from the start was the speed of Longview as they zipped and zoomed up and down the fake green Field Turf at Lobo Stadium like it was their own personal track meet. And in a way it was, as many times the Lobos would have a full head of steam before the Wildcats got a hand on them.

Longview had 517 total yards compared to 217 for Sulphur Springs.

The three-headed rushing monster of Dakota Anthony, Aaron Johnson and Keylon Shaw accounted for 316 of the 391 rushing yards by the Lobos.

Longview opened the game with a 66-yard scoring drive. Shaw went for 18 yards on second down. On the next play quarterback Johnson ran for nine more. On a first and 10 from the 28-yard  line of the Wildcats, Johnson called a pass and threw a strike to Carey Fortson for a 28-yard scoring aerial. Kyle Jenkins booted the extra point. The game was just a few minutes old and with 10:18 left in the first period, the Lobos were already howling up 7-0.

On the first offensive play for Sulphur Springs, quarterback Colton Lee turned a broken play into a 33-yard running play. It went downhill from there. The next three plays all had penalties, the Wildcats were flagged for an illegal shift, then holding. Longview was flagged for defensive holding. But that walkoff still was not enough to inspire the Wildcats. Near midfield the Sulphur Springs offense struggled to get in gear as Lee threw to Bryant “Day Day” Jackson for a one yard loss. Lee then was tackled for a two-yard loss. Lee’s next pass fell incomplete bringing up a punt.

Longview must have paid the preacher this week because on the long Sharard Timmons punt the ball was fumbled by one deep back, right into the arms of a teammate.

The Lobos then went to work from their own 20-yard line. The Longview  squad for 10 yards from Shaw an inside run. Rayshone McGee a running back/quarterback player took off for a 19-yard gain.

A holding call on the Lobos coupled with tackles by Jimmy Villa and JB Beachem for a loss forced Longview to punt. The ball off the foot of Chase Reed sailed high and deep for 50 yards. The ball was downed at the seven-yard line.

Sulphur Springs sputtered losing back to the four on three plays, forcing another Timmons punt.

Longview took over at the Sulphur Springs 40 following the short boot and put together another drive. The fireplug-like  Anthony ran for nine then three yards on back-to-back runs as he was difficult to bring down with his arms and elbows grinding style. Down to the Sulphur Springs 28-yard line Johnson’s next two passes fell incomplete. His next pass was picked off by DeMarcus Reeves of the Wildcats.         Big No. 65 rumbled and stumbled for a 22-yard return. Sulphur Springs had new life with the ball at the 41-yard line of Longview as they had recorded their first turnover in three games.

Again the fast and aggressive Longview defense did not allow Sulphur Springs to get a drive going as they not only controlled the running gaps, but the Lobos hounded Lee like he was a tender calf.

Lee threw two incomplete passes. Then he completed a six-yard gain to Garrett Ferguson bringin up a fourth down from the 35-yard line of Longview. Lee was pursued by Chris Weaver as he scrambled from the pocket, then Lee decided to throw the ball away and live to play another day. Longview took over at the 35-yard line.

Shaw and Anthony had short running gains. A long run by Shaw was called back due to a holding call on the Lobos. Action shifted to the second quarter with Longview still driving. LaDarrin Robertson ran for a 22-yard gain. Shaw and Anthony had good runs to move the ball deep into Wildcat territory. On a third down from the 19-yard line, Johnson was magic dipping through defenders and running for a score using his sizzling speed. The kick by Jenkins was again perfect and with 9:05 left in the first half, the Wildcats were down 14-0.

Sulphur Springs next possession had some life with Lee hitting Jackson for a 21-yard gain. Devion Hill tried to get running, but slipped on the rug and fell for a one-yard loss. An incomplete pass and a short Lee run forced another punt by Timmons.

Longview took over at their own 35-yard line with 6:44 left in the first half. It only took the Lobos three plays to score. First Johnson ran for a 62-yard gain on a keeper around end toward the home side of the capacity homecoming crowd. Then Anthony finished off the drive with a two-yard burst up the middle for a score. The kick was good giving the hungry Lobos a 21-0 lead.

Four minutes later the Lobos were back in the end zone again. After a Sulphur Springs drive stalled, Longview took over at the 47 of the Wildcats. Anthony ran for 19 yards. Then Johnson, lined up as a wide receiver in some sort of  hybrid formation, took the ball on a reverse and with a full head of steam smoked the turf for a 24-yard scoring run. With the extra point, the Lobos had a 28-0 lead with 2:40 left in the second frame.

Longview had another scoring chance in the final minutes of the first half. But McGee’s pass to Brunwyn Eldor was completed, but stopped at the one-yard line as time ran out.

The first half had belonged to the Lobos and Sulphur Springs managed little yardage. Then the Wildcats were forced to throw to try and make a quick comeback.

In the second half, the Wildcats went back to Hill and the running attack. The plan was working with Hill taking off for six yards, then a dozen on back-to-back inside runs. Lee tried to go to the air, but the pass fell incomplete. Lee took off down the line on the next play with a trailing back, Lee was sealed off by the the Lobos defense and the quarterback tried to make a late option toss which was fumbled and recovered by Diop Johnson for Longview.

The turnover sparked up the already red-hot Lobos. From the Sulphur Springs 36-yard line the Lobos got a 24-yard completion from Johnson to Shaw on a rare pass play. Shawn then took off for 11 more yards, getting tackled near the goal line. Anthony capped the drive with a one-yard scoring run. The kick by Jenkins was perfect again and with 10:23 left in the third period, the opportunistic Lobos were up 35-0.

Sulphur Springs continued to run the ball with Hill getting carries on eight of the next nine plays. Longview’s defense got tough and held Hill on a fourth down at the Lobos’45-yard line.

Longview took over and soon let reserve players get into action. Montario Harris scored on a 24-yard run and the extra point made it a 42-0 score.

Longview added a late 32-yard field goal by Jenkins, just for practice with 3:14 left in the decided game, to make the final 45-0.

The Wildcats, now 5-1 overall, 1-1 return home to face rival Texas High in their next game. Longview is 5-1, 2-0, they play at Mount Pleasant next.

“We have to regroup and get ready for T High,” Owens said. “This one game did not decide district. The good news is T High has to come to our place. We can still make the playoffs.”




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