Longview: 7-0, 3-0

North Mesquite: 2-5, 0-3

Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Stadium: EH Hanby Stadium, Mesquite


Longview: John King (16th season, 175-36)

North Mesquite: Tim Seder (2nd season, 5-11)

Last week: Longview 49, Rockwall-Heath 13; Rockwall 76, North Mesquite 7

Up next: Tyler Lee at Longview; North Mesquite vs. Mesquite Horn

Players to watch

Longview: OL Tim Polk ... OL Malique Miller ... OL Joaquin Tovar ... OL Parker Cox ... OL Tavion Starling ... OL Owen Kuennemann ... RB Kaden Meredith (100 carries, 957 yards, 11 TDs; 4 catches, 63 yards) ... QB Haynes King (74-132-6, 1,130 yards, 9 TDs; 29 carries, 291 yards, 7 TDs) ... WR Kyas Moore (22 catches, 455 yards, TD) ... WR Kaden Kearbey (17 catches, 226 yards, 2 TDs) ... WR Jalen Hale (3 catches, 74 yards, 2 TDs) ... ATH JD Williams (15 carries, 88 yards, TD; 10 catches, 108 yards, 2 TDs) ... TE Jhailon Braden ... LB Tyshawn Taylor (79 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 PBU) ... DL Sawyer Goram-Welch (39 tackles, 9 TFL, 5 sacks) ... DL Drew Beltran (38 tackles, 13 TFL, 5 sacks) ... OLB/S Malik Cannon (57 tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks) ... DB Dakirin Buchanan (9 PBU)

North Mesquite: ATH Ka’Maury Thompson (41 carries, 254 yards, 3 TDs; 53-99-1, 750 yards, 8 TDs;) ... RB/LB/S Samuel Inyang (47 carries, 388 yards, 4 TDs) ... WR/CB Torrion Smith (32 catches, 396 yards, 5 TDs) ... DL Davion Carter ... WR/CB Dakaylon Jones

He said it: "We need to go out, play Lobo football and not compare scores, records and all of those things. What we need to do is go play football the way we're supposed to play it. It's easy to look at and say this, that or the other. Every game is a new game and the ball bounces funny ways. You've got to go take care of business. Looks like we've got Mother Nature to worry about. We need go out and execute. A fourth win probably puts us in the playoffs and we need to be playing playoff-style football at this time of year going into Week 9 and the eighth game of the year. It's flown by and it's here. We want to secure us a spot in the postseason. That's our goal and we need to play like it." — King

Did you know: Longview can clinch a playoff spot for the 19th-straight season with a win and a Mequite Horn loss to Rockwall-Heath ... Tonight is the 15th meeting between the two teams with Longview leading the series, 11-3 ... Longview has a six-game win streak over the Stallions by a 291-38 scoreline, including a 63-3 win in 2018 ... Longview has won 23-straight regular-season games, including 15-straight district games, and 23 games in a row overall ... North Mesquite is averaging 23 points and 291.1 yards (157.3 rushing/133.8 passing) per game. The Stallions allow an average of 38.3 points and 302.9 yards (171 rushing/131.9 passing) per game ... Longview is averaging 39.7 points and 460.7 yards (298.7 rushing/162 passing) per game. The Lobos allow an average of 9 points and 207.1 yards (72.3 rushing/131.8 passing) per game ... The Lobo defense is holding opponents to 2.6 yards per carry, has two shutouts on the season and has held opponents scoreless in 20 quarters this season ... North Mesquite ATH Thompson is committed to the Naval Academy

Twitter-sized preview: Longview enters as the hands-down favorite in this game and a strong, crisp showing from the start will have a playoff spot locked up. Penalties and dropped passes are two areas that need to be cleaned up as the regular season enters the home stretch.

This story has been updated since it was originally published

Hayden Henry