MARSHALL - Haynes King rushed for two touchdowns and Jessie Anderson hauled in a touchdown pass.
It was that kind of night for the Longview Lobos in the 108th meeting with Marshall.
King and Anderson combined for five touchdowns as Longview jumped ahead early and rolled to a 60-14 rout of Marshall on Friday at Maverick Stadium in Marshall.
“We saw some things that we felt like we could hit and we took advantage of it,” Longview head coach John King said. “I thought we had some chances in the first half to really seal it that we missed.
“All-in-all, I’m pleased with it. We ran the ball a lot better tonight.”
King had touchdown runs of 38 and 48 yards and completed two touchdown passes, one to Kaden Kearbey for 47 yards and a second to Anderson, who split time at tailback and fullback, for 35 yards.
“I’m just glad he executed the call right,” King said of Haynes. “Both of them were options that he read.
“The first was an outside veer that they squeezed and everyone sucked in on the fullback, on Jessie. We hadn’t pulled that one all year, he did and there was no one there. The second was a power read on a jet sweep that we caught them off guard a little bit. He runs better than people think and, most importantly, he made the right read and the entire offense executed.”
Anderson was the leading receiver on the night with three catches for 79 yards and King led the ground attack with four carries for 101 yards.
“Great night for Jessie, who played well all night,” King said. “He blocked well and caught the ball well.
“You saw the way he ran the ball.”
King, who was named the Great American Rivalry Series MVP, finished 9-of-19 passing for 224 yards with an interception.
Keilyn Williams finished with 82 yards on seven carries in the second half.
JK Martin moved to 3-for-3 on field goals this season with a 35-yard kick and sophomore Kaden Meredith added two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Lobos, who rolled up 562 yards of total offense on the night.
Defensively for the Lobos, who held Marshall to 249 yards on the night, including 49 total in the second half, Robert Pierce pulled down an interception and Tainique Taylor grabbed his second in as many games. Jephaniah Lister recovered two of Marshall’s lost fumbles.
“We felt like we needed to change our structure a little bit and went to a three-down look with an extra linebacker to try to contain the quarterback,” King said. “We designed it to flush him and had a guy to contain.
“We lost contain a couple of times but we put pressure on him more than we lost contain. It was it good plan and the kids executed it for the most part.”
Marshall finished with 71 rushing yards on 24 carries and had 178 passing yards in 30 total pass attempts.
Both teams combined for over 20 penalties and 200-plus yards worth of penalties.
After starting the game with back-to-back three-and-outs, Pierce hauled in an interception on the first play of Marshall’s second possession.
The next play, King raced 38 yards down the sideline to put Longview up, 7-0.
Marshall then punted for the second of six total boots on the night.
A 20-yard catch from Anderson and a 44-yard reception from Kamden Perry set up Anderson’s first score on a six-yard run.
A high snap on Marshall’s ensuing punt gave Longview a short field and Anderson made is 21-0 on another six-yard score.
Marshall got on the board with a 78-yard pass from JJ Green to Dekendrick Bender late in the the first quarter.
King followed that with his second score, a 48-yard run, and, following a Marshall three-and-out, King connected with Kearbey for a 47-yard score and a 35-7 Longview lead.
Marshall made it 35-14 on a four-yard run by Dominque Williams.
Martin made it 38-14 at halftime with his 35-yard kick.
King and Anderson connected on a 24-yard pass to open the second half for the Lobos and the two hooked up again on the next play for a 35-yard score.
Meredith closed it out with a pair of short-yard touchdowns.
Longview hosts John Tyler next while Marshall plays host to Carthage.