Insider: Lobos close season on six-game win streak; Season by-the-numbers
In Lobo Insider
Nov. 12, 2017 at 8:25 p.m.
Updated Nov. 12, 2017 at 8:25 p.m.
At times, it was a matter of finding a way to get it done from the Longview offense. Most of the time, it was a shutdown performance from the Lobo defense.
Both combined to send Longview to the postseason on a six-game win streak and 9-1 on the regular season.
“I think it speaks about the character of these kids, the work ethic that they have and a great job from our coaching staff,” Longview head coach John King said. “To regroup from that first district game and to finish with six straight wins in this tough district, earn a playoff spot and then earn a home game is an accomplishment.”
Longview’s offense overcame injuries from the start from running back to key spots on an already young offensive line and at wide receiver. It’s been anyone’s night approach offensively.
“We’ve had a bunch of different guys have big nights from week to week but there’s been some that have been very consistent as well,” King said. “We’ve got an unselfish football team and their goal is winning as a team.”
Defensively, the Lobos used heavy rotation and depth on the line and at linebacker to hold opponents to 16 points per game and just 56 total in the second half all season.
“There’s no doubt that this defense is playing well,” King said. “They’re creating turnovers, I think we ended up plus-11 in the turnover ratio.
“They’ve given us a short field time and time again and you figure in the blocked kicks, punts and extra points. They have done a good job of believing in the plan and making adjustments when we need to adjust. It’s the same mentality, very unselfish and playing together.”
Now it’s on to the postseason, where the Lobos have a stout test in Beaumont West Brook, a team that eliminated them in the first round a year ago. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Lobo Stadium.
“It’s time to play our best football,” King said. “We need to gave a good day Monday and focus on the task at hand. We’ve got to do our best to get some with bumps and bruises some work in as well.
“It’s about preparing well each and every day now. We’re guaranteed one week.”
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Lobos’ regular season:
412: Points by Longview this season
165: Points allowed by Longview this season, 109 in the first half and 56 in the second.
206: Pass attempts by the Lobo offense for 1,809 yards.
345: Rushing attempts for 2,096 yards.
1,768: Passing yards allowed by Longview
1,405: Rushing yards allowed (3.6 yards per carry).
9: Different rushers with touchdowns, led by 12 from Keilyn Williams and 10 from A’Darius Carter.
7: Different players with receiving touchdowns, led by TE Jaylin Brown with 7.
28: Lobo players with tackles, led by 77 Jephaniah Lister.
23: Players with a tackle for loss, led by 13 from JC Blakemore.
12: PBUs by Roshodrick Harmon
28: Touchbacks from Chris Kessler
52: Percent on third downs for the offense
7-of-10: Fourth down conversions
10: Scoring drives of 10-plus plays. Long of 13.
32: Scoring drives of 60-plus yards.
3: Minutes difference in time of possession. Opponents 241:16. Longview: 238:44. Opponents had the advantage in six games.
7: Plays over 40 yards with a longest run of 58 (Williams) and catch of 67 (Lawson to Brown)
3: Touchdowns allowed by the defense following a Longview turnover. (2 field goals)
52-for-134: Opponents on third down
10-for-26: Opponents on fourth down
10: Plays over 40 yards allowed by defense with a longest pass of 67 and run of 50.
77: Negative plays forced by Longview’s defense.
(Much more on Longview’s first-round meeting with West Brook coming Monday)