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Insider: First look at Longview vs. Lufkin in state quarterfinals

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Dec. 4, 2017 at 11:33 p.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2017 at 11:33 p.m.

Once again, Longview and Lufkin will collide.

Week 1, a 35-16 Longview win, might as well be as far removed as the first meeting between the two teams in 1932.

Here's the first look at Longview vs. Lufkin in the state quarterfinals:

SHUTDOWN: Lufkin has allowed 36 points total in three postseason games with wins over Rockwall-Heath (28-), Richardson Pearce (35-18) and Spring Westfield (14-11). In those three games, a shutdown Panther defense has allowed 199 yards on 94 carries for a paltry average of two yards per carry for the opposition. Rockwall-Heath, who Longview beat 49-7 in the regular season, finished with 61 yards on 33 carries, according to Brandon Ogden of the Lufkin Daily News. The Hawks entered averaging 241 rushing yards per game. The Hawks finished with 121 passing yards and Westfield, who was limited to 61 yards on 28 carries, passed for 129 yards against the Panthers.

Longview was held to a season-low 89 yards against Klein Collins but that came on 22 carries, which was also a season-low for the Lobos. 

PHILLIPS ROLLING: Lufkin senior running back Isaiah Phillips has turned in a dominant postseason on the ground for Lufkin. Phillips has 506 yards and six touchdowns on 82 carries through three playoff games, according to Ogden. As a whole, the Panthers are averaging 251 rushing yards and 112 passing yards in the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Lobo defense has allowed an average of three yards per carry in the postseason. The season average for Longview's opponents is 3.7 yards per carry. The Lobos held Klein Collins to 101 yards below their season average on the ground.

SCORING QUICK: Longview has 147 points in the postseason, coming on 126 snaps. The Lobos' playoff opponents have a 92-play advantage on the snap count, including 56 against Jesquit, the biggest difference in total plays since Lufkin ran 34 more plays, 80-46, in Week 1.

On the season, Longview has 11 scoring drives of 10-plus plays on 73 touchdowns and 10 field goals.

AIR IT OUT: The Lobos' 24 pass attempts against Klein Collins was the second time this season that Longview has gone to the air more than the ground game. Longview had 35 pass attempts against Mesquite Horn in a comeback attempt.

Sophomore QB Haynes King had a season-high four touchdowns against Klein Collins. King has nine playoff touchdown passes on 20-for-43 passing for 511 yards. King was quick in the attack against KC, getting the ball out fast to the flat in Longview's version of the RPO. He also took a few hits after throwing the ball.

FILLING GAPS: Longview got 32 tackles combined between linebackers Kevion Bush (13), Ja'Vontae Writt (9 w/ TFL, FR), Cameron Starling (7) and Tyler Wilder (3) against Klein Collins. All four received high praise from DC Casey Pearce for their combined outing against the Tigers.

Safety Jephaniah Lister has 40 tackles in the postseason and leads Longview with 117.

(Much more on Longview vs. Lufkin coming this week in the News-Journal and online at



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