LONGVIEW - Longview’s offense came out clicking and the defense matched it Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
Behind a shut-down night from the Lobo defense and an all-around performance offensively, Longview moved to 6-0 on the season with a 50-3 win over Mesquite Horn.
The Lobos now sit at 2-0 in District 11-6A action while Horn drops to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in district play.
“I thought we were pretty balanced in the first half with the run and the pass and were able to get some scores and open up a big lead,” Longview head coach John King said. “The defense was able to get us the ball back and we just kept building on that lead.”
Quarterback Haynes King tossed three first-half touchdowns to three different receivers while the Lobos got a 141-yard rushing half from Keilyn Williams and Jessie Anderson to lead 35-0 at halftime.
King finished 12-of-18 passing for 183 yards and touchdown passes of 60, six and three yards.
Longview finished with nine receivers with a catch in the win, led by a 5-catch, 131-yard from Kamdem Perry, who picked up quite a few yards after the catch on a 60-yard score.
“We’ve got guys that we can do that with,” King said. “We threw the ball well and it was helped by being as balanced as we were.”
Daquavion Randall hauled in his second touchdown pass of the year for the Lobos on a six-yard catch.
JD Williams got his two-score night going on a three-yard touchdown pass from King and later added a six-yard touchdown run while in at quarterback.
Anderson finished with 83 yards on seven carries, including a 54-yard score. Keilyn Williams added 81 yards on 13 carries to go with two catches for 22 yards. He found the end zone, his 24th career score on a seven-yard run.
Kaden Meredith added 65 yards on seven carries and a 15-yard catch. The sophomore added his seventh touchdown of the year on a 21-yard carry.
Senior kicker JK Martin did not punt for the second game this season and added two touchbacks, giving him 21 on the season.
Defensively, Longview held Mesquite Horn to 46 yards in the first quarter, 46 at halftime and 164 overall. The Jaguars finished with 128 yards on 32 carries and passed for 36 in the loss against Longview’s secondary.
Sophomore Laqualon Hale scooped up a second-quarter Horn fumble.
“I thought we chased the ball well,” King said. “They tried to pound us a little bit but we were able to get that stopped after a couple of big runs.
“We started fitting it, hitting it at the point of attack and leveraged things well. We didn’t let (Horn quarterback Jermaine) Givens run around with it and were able to contain him most of the time.”
After a nine-yard, third-down conversion from King to Kaden Kearbey on the Lobos’ opening drive, King connected with Perry, who made a 45-yard run after the catch, to put Longview up, 7-0, just 1:33 into the night.
The Lobo defense forced a punt on the Jaguars’ opening possession.
King had three-straight incompletions around a third-down false start on a turnover on downs, the second of the season for the Lobos.
Hale recovered a fumble on Horn’s ensuring possession, setting up King’s six-yard scoring pass to Randall for a 14-0 lead.
Horn punted for the second of three times in the first quarter after a batted-down pass from Isiah Rodgers.
Anderson went right up the gut two snaps later on a career-best 54-yard score for a 21-0 lead.
Longview followed with an 11-play drive — the second-longest of the season — with King’s third scoring toss to JD Williams.
Horn constructed its best drive of the night, one that stalled at the Lobo 28.
Perry had two big catches – the first on a third-down conversion – to set up Keilyn Williams’ seven-yard touchdown to give Longview a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Longview visits Rockwall-Heath next while Horn is open.
“We’ve got four left and we’ve got to keep taking care of business and practicing well,” King said.
“It’s nice to be 2-0 and in the driver’s seat for that playoff spot and district crown.”