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Insider: Full box from Longview's loss to Waco Midway

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Dec. 17, 2017 at 5:49 p.m.
Updated Dec. 17, 2017 at 5:49 p.m.


Longview's postseason run came to an end with an all-out scrap and gut-wrenching loss to Waco Midway on Saturday in the state semifinals.

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Here's the full box with defense from the Class 6A, D-II semifinal:

WACO MIDWAY 28, LONGVIEW 26

Longview | 2 | 11 | 7 | 6 | -- 26
Midway | 0 | 14 | 14 | 0 -- 28

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

LV -- Safety (snap through the end zone), 4:21

Second Quarter

WM -- CJ Williams 18 pass from Tanner Mordecai (Dylan Benites kick), 11:09

LV -- Chris Kessler 30 field goal, 5:50

LV -- A'Darius Carter 9 yards from Haynes King (King to Keilyn Williams 2-point pass), 1:37

WM -- Tanner Mordecai 1 run (Benites kick), 27s

Third Quarter

WM -- James Fullbright 1 run (Benities kick), 8:39

WM -- Tanner Mordecai 5 run (Benites kick), 5:46

LV -- A'Darius Carter 27 pass from Keilyn Williams (Kessler kick), 4:20

Fourth Quarter

LV -- Jaylin Brown 15 pass from Haynes King (2-point pass fails), 11:52

TEAM STATISTICS

First Downs: LV: 19 | WM: 19

Rushing: LV: 37-182 | WM: 40-191

Passing: LV: 211 | WM: 199

C-A-I: LV: 16-34-2 | WM: 16-28-2

Fumbles-Lost: LV: 3-2 | WM: 4-2

Punts-Average: LV: 1-45 | WM: 1-46

Penalties-Yards: LV: 6-44 | WM: 6-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing -- Longview: Keilyn Williams 22-128, Jaquan Edwards 8-33, Haynes King 3-16, Paul Hutchins 2-5, Jessie Anderson 2-0; Midway: James Fullbright 23-137, Tanner Mordecai 18-61, Team 1-(-8)

Passing -- Longview: Haynes Kings 15-32-1, 184, Keilyn Williams 1-1-0, 27, Chris Kessler 0-1-0, 0; Midway: Tanner Mordecai 16-28-2, 199

Receiving -- Longview: A'Darius Carter 6-77, Jaylin Brown 4-62, Kamden Perry 3-51, Keilyn Williams 2-13, Jaquan Edwards 1-8; Midway:CJ Williams 6-99, Demarcus Degrate 4-49, D'Ante Thomas 4-32, Fullbright 2-19.

DEFENSE

INT: Roshodrick Harmon, Ja'Vontae Writt

PBU: Jephaniah Lister (2), Kyle Johnson, Davotrick Dotrey, Roshodrick Harmon, Jalen Carr

FF: Kyle Johnson (2), Javotrick Dotrey

FR: Javotrick Dotrey

Blocked punt: Jephaniah Lister

TFL: Jaiden Smith (2), Ke'Andre Mauldin, Kevion Bush, Jalen Carr, JC Blakemore, Ja'Vontae Writt

Sacks: Jaiden Smith, Kevion Bush, Jalen Carr

Tackles: Kevion Bush (10), Jephaniah Lister (9), Kyle Johnson (8), Ja'Vontae Writt (8), Roshodrick Harmon (5), D'Marjai Dearion (5), Ke'Andre Mauldin (4), Davotrick Dotrey (3), Jaiden Smith (3), JC Blakemore (3), Montavian Reed (2), Javotrick Dotrey (2)

LONGVIEW HC JOHN KING'S POSTGAME COMMENTS

ON OVERALL EFFORT: We played Lobo football tonight. You talk about how good everyone else is and everyone sells our kids short but there’s not anyone that’s going to play longer, that’s going to play harder. We came up short. We didn’t win it on the scoreboard but our kids left in on the field.

ON CHANCES: Even when we threw the pick, I thought we may get one last shot at it. Something crazy and we did. I didn’t think we would get the fumble like that but we had a shot. It shouldn’t have come down to the last kick like that. We had a chance to make plays. We had two-point plays we didn’t make. We had chances to score and we didn’t get. It’s not on one kid, not on one play. We had chances throughout the entire game.

ON WACO MIDWAY: Waco Midway is a good football team and congratulations to them, they earned the victory and they’re going on to the state championship game. I’m proud of our kids, our team, our coaches and what they’ve meant to Lobo football throughout the year. My gut feeling tells me that the state championship game was played here tonight.

ON RUNNING GAME: We finally settled in and started drawing a bead a little bit. We had too. We knew we couldn’t drop back and pass it every time. Jaxon Player is as good as I’ve seen, I said it before the game and I’ll say it now. They have other players that did an excellent job playing their roles. They’re a well-coached football team with really good players. Of course, they’re good offensively.

ON LOBO DEFENSE: Our defense feeds off our defensive coordinator Casey Pearce. His chili gets Hot and theirs does too. He does a really good job of coaching kids, motivating kids. They rallied around it. He won’t let them get down. When things aren’t going good offensively, it’s not a finger-pointing ceremony. We’re going to find a way. That’s the mindset of our football team and particularly our defense.

ON THE OFFENSE: We were down two scores and I told Coach Vallery that we had to find a way to get a score to get back within striking distance and we did. We get another turnover and have a big touchdown drive with Jaylin Brown’s catch then missed the two-point play, there’s a chance to tie it there.

We had to overcome some injuries, we had to do a lot of things this year. Sometimes it was smoke and mirrors but that’s a testament to the coaching staff and the willingness and unselfishness of these kids to be able to do what it took to win a game. It was a different guy each week. We just didn’t have a marquee name every week. We had a different guy each week that got their name in the paper. It’s those role players and those guys that did their role for us to be able to make a run like this.

ON KEILYN WILLIAMS: Keilyn Williams a winner. Great kid, tough as nails. When he’s got the ball in his hands, good things tend to happen and you know you’ve got a chance. We were going to feed him there at the end. We weren’t playing for a field goal, we were playing for a touchdown. We got down to the nine, got stuffed on a run and then had to kick it with the time situation.

ON THE FIGHT: To be honest, I never got nervous and the kids didn’t either. There’s a belief that these kids have. Even when we got down 15, we got within striking distance and had a chance, then had another chance then the good Lord shined on us and we had another chance. We just came up a little bit short. They’re going to find a way to play and they got after it today. Your heart breaks for them.

For 44 seniors, they won’t have another chance, their high school career is over. For some of them, this will be the highlight of their football career. It doesn’t get any better than high school football and they made a run to the state semifinals and on the cusp of going to the state championship game.

ON MOVING FORWARD: Those underclassmen, there’s no guarantee that we’ll be back. It was hard to get to this point. It had been seven years since we’ve done it. We had to beat some really good teams to get here. Trying to find a way to rekindle the chemistry we had on this team will be the challenge. We’ve got a lot of kids coming back but we’ve got to put a football team together.

Stay tuned to ETVarsity.com and the News-Journal for a full recap of Longview's 2017 season and the first look at 2018.

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