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Lobos knock off rival Lufkin, 55-30

By Hayden Henry
Sept. 20, 2013 at 5:26 p.m.

JaMycal Hasty brought a different kind of storm to Lobo Stadium on Friday night.

The junior running back rumbled for 200 yards and three touchdowns as Longview used a big second quarter to knock off rival Lufkin, 55-30, in the rain-soaked 74th meeting between the two teams.

"He's a tremendous player and has played well for us all year long," Longview head coach John King said. "He's getting better every time he plays and he's got a tremendous supporting cast around him.

"Our offensive line is playing pretty well and they're all blocking for him, which sets up our play action."

Lobo quarterback Dezmond Chumley finished with three touchdowns as well, throwing for 205 yards with scoring strikes of 12 and 34 yards and added a three-yard scoring jaunt. The junior finished 12-for-15.

"He played better tonight, and who would've thought it in the rain? But sometimes you can grip the ball well in the rain," King said. "I thought he threw the ball well, was protected better and made better decisions this week."

With the high offensive output, the Lobos used four big turnovers to take the momentum early and keep it throughout. Travin Howard picked off his third pass of the season and returned it 35 yards to paydirt, Stephan Maxey had a pair of interceptions and Laurent Johnson emerged from a pile with a fumble recovery for Longview.

Lufkin converted a pair of third downs and fourth down on their first possession, marching 70 yards and chewing up close to eight minutes off the clock. However the Lobo defense held strong with the Panthers in the red zone before Timmy Martinez split the uprights from 31 yards out to give Lufkin a 3-0 lead.

Longview responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by Chumley's three-yard scoring blast.

Lufkin wasn't rattled.

Facing third-and-16, quarterback Trey Cumbie pitched the ball to Steven Sowell who then found Texas A&M commit Jamal Jeffrey wide open for a 68-yard touchdown strike to give the Panthers the lead back at 10-7 with 8:52 to play.

The Panther defense then held the Lobos to a quick three-and-out before Coby emerged a pile a midfield with the football, ripping the momentum away from a rolling Lufkin squad.

Hasty found the end zone three snaps later from 29 yards out to give Longview a 14-10 lead.

Howard then snagged a Cumbie pass and returned it 35 yards untouched for Longview's second score in 51 seconds on the clock.

Hasty put in his second score of the second quarter from five yards out and the Lobo defense put the offense back on the field with another quick three-and-out.

With the game clock winding under 10 seconds, Chumley connected with Stephon Anthony at the 30 yard line before the senior slipped a tackle and took it to the house to give a commanding 35-10 lead at the break.

Lufkin opened the second half the same way they opened the contest, marching 75-yards on 10 plays to regain some momentum.

Hasty wasn't having it.

On the Lobos next snap, Hasty took the ball 66 yards up the gut of the field for his third score of the night.

Maxey's first interception set up a Chumley-to-Jordan Whitaker 12-yard touchdown. Whitaker finished with 68 yards on three catches.

Quatorian Jacobs rolled for a 54-yard touchdown with 3:52 left in the contest to give Longview the 55-30 win, evening the overall series with the Panthers at 35-35-4.

Longview will begin ots district schedule on Friday, hosting Mesquite.

"I'm pleased heading into district being 3-1 after playing the teams that we have," King said. "We're a couple of plays away from being 4-0, then again we could easily be 2-2.

"That's the way football is."

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