LONGVIEW - Longview got an efficient night offensively and a bend-but-not-break effort from the Lobo defense in the 95th meeting with John Tyler on Friday night.
That results in win No. 50 in program history for the Lobos over the Lions.
Longview got four rushing touchdowns and two in the air while the defense held John Tyler without a touchdown until the third quarter in a 41-13 win over the Lions at Lobo Stadium.
With the win, Longview moves to 3-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004-05. John Tyler, meanwhile, drops to 1-2 on the season and snaps a three-game win streak at Lobo Stadium.
“Efficient night for us offensively,” Longview head coach John King said. “We opened with a scoring drive, the first one of the year and snapped that three-and-out drought.
“I thought we ran the ball better in the second and threw and caught the ball well. We’re pleased to be 3-0 after facing three East Texas rivals, all of which will get better as the season goes. 3-0, that’s the best result you could hope for.”
Efficient best described Longview quarterback Haynes King, who totaled 235 passing yards on the night — his third-straight 200-yard night of the season — on 10-of-12 passing with two touchdowns.
Keilyn Williams turned in his first 100-yard game of the season, leading a 272-yard night on the ground for the Lobos with 136 yards on 13 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown.
Jessie Anderson had two touchdowns on the night for the second-straight game and had 51 yards on nine carries, including scoring runs of two and 24 yards. Sophomore Kaden Meredith took his first touch of the night for a 26-yard, fourth-quarter score.
Kamden Perry hauled in five passes for 134 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown. Junior tight end Jhailon Braden had a 21-yard scoring catch for the first touchdown of his career. Logan Peters had a 19-yard reception in a crucial third down in the fourth quarter to wrap it up for the Lobos.
“What a day for him,” King said of Peters, who was born with one hand as a result of amniotic band syndrome. “He got the start tonight and had a big catch in a John Tyler game.
“That’s what this program is about and that’s a kid that’s earned everything he’s got. The sidelines were just as ecstatic as he was.”
Defensively, Longview held John Tyler out of the endzone until the 5:41 mark of the third quarter.
The Lions had trips into Lobo territory on its first five possessions, two resulting in field goals of 40 and 41 yard field goals from Frankie Sanchez.
The Lions finished 6-of-14 on third-down conversions. Longview went 7-of-9 on third down.
“The tackling wasn’t very good tonight, we were running out of our gaps and just didn’t play assignment football,” King said. “They got a little flustered but dug in and found a way to get a stop several times.
“We’ve got to do a better job against the run and getting off the field. They defended the receivers well and got pressure on the quarterback at times”
John Tyler finished with 347 yards of total offense, 149 rushing on 33 carries and 10-of-25 passing for 198 yards from quarterback Devlen Woods.
Roderick Hawkins had 89 rushing yards and John Tyler’s lone touchdown on a six-yard run in the third quarter to trim Longview’s lead to 27-13.
After going three-and-out to start its previous two games, Longview opened Friday night with an 8-play, 66-yard drive. Williams converted a third and short and King was 2-for-2 on the drive that put Longview ahead, 7-0, on Anderson’s two-yard punch in. John Tyler marched on its first two drives, which were hampered by penalties and bad snaps, resulting in punts.
Braden had his first varsity catch on Longview’s third drive, a 16-yard pass.
King and Perry connected for 21 yards on third down before Braden hauled in his first career score on a 21-yard pass from King for a 14-0 Longview lead.
John Tyler converted a third and long before Longview’s Tainique Taylor broke up a third down pass, resulting in Sanchez’ first field goal with 5:34 left in second quarter.
On third and seven, King rolled out and delivered an on-the-money ball off his back foot to Perry, who made a big grab in coverage fora 39-yard field goal for a 21-3 lead.
Sanchez made it 21-6 at halftime with a 40-yard kick.
John Tyler converted a third and 26 and third and 6 to open the third quarter but the drive stalled, resulting in a 49-yard miss from Sanchez.
After a 30-yard reception from Williams, Anderson put Longview ahead, 27-6, on his second touchdown run coming on 24 yards.
John Tyler got on the board with 5:41 left on a five-yard score from Hawkins.
Williams had a 28-yard run and followed it with a 25-yard score with 2:50 left in the third quarter.
Meredith capped the scoring with a 26-yard run.