Longview vs. Ruston

Longview’s Haynes King takes a snap from Parker Cox against Ruston in Sept. 2018 in Ruston, La.

Defending Class 6A, Division II state champion Longview will open the season against three-straight rivals before travelling back to Louisiana for a reunion with a familiar foe.

The Lobos, who ran the table in 2018, will open the 2019 season on the road against Lufkin on Aug. 30 before hosting Marshall in Week 2 and travelling to John Tyler on Sept. 13, Longview head coach John King confirmed this week.

Kickoff against the Lions is set for 7 p.m. at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Then the Lobos will travel to Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., for a showdown with West Monroe, La. Longview will be the visiting team, according to King, in what will be a two-year agreement with the Rebels. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sept. 20 meeting between the two teams, the fifth meeting all-time between the Lobos and Rebels and first since 2006, will close out Longview’s non-district schedule.

Due to West Monroe winning the coin flip, the contest will be played under National Federation of State High School Association rules. The game will be played under NCAA rules in 2020 when Longview is the home team.

Longview won 21-0 in 2005 and the Rebels took a 19-15 win in 2006 at Independence Stadium.

The game replaces Longview’s previously-scheduled meeting with Ruston, La., which was set for Lobo Stadium after a home-and-home agreement a year ago. Realignment in Louisiana forced the Bearcats to alter their 2019 schedule.

West Monroe is coming off a 14-1 season in 2018 that ended in a three-point loss, 27-24, to Zachary, La. in the LHSAA Class 5A title game. West Monroe was ranked No. 1 in the state playoffs, while Zachary checked in at No. 6.

On the way to the state final, West Monroe rolled past Ruston, 34-0. Longview, en route to a 16-0 season, beat the Bearcats, 56-28, in Ruston.

Longview begins District 11-6A play against Rockwall on Sept. 27 at Lobo Stadium. Following its bye week, the Lobos travel to Mesquite Horn (Oct. 11, Hanby Stadium), North Mesquite (Oct. 25, Memorial Stadium) and Mesquite (Nov. 8, Hanby Stadium). Longview hosts Rockwall-Heath (Oct. 18) and Tyler Lee (Nov. 1) at Lobo Stadium.

Green Out and homecoming is set for the Sept. 6 date with Marshall and senior night is against the Red Raiders.

Longview will host Texas High for its lone scrimmage on Aug. 24.

Spring football begins April 29.

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Hayden Henry is the beat writer for the Longview Lobos and covers sports throughout East Texas.