Lobos' season ends in 56-53 shootout against Lake Ridge
Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:44 a.m.
Updated Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:44 a.m.
ARLINGTON – Longview went toe-to-toe with Mansfield Lake Ridge in a highly-touted matchup in the fourth round of the playoffs.
After matching the high-powered Eagles step for step, the Lobos’ bid came just short and Longview fell to unbeaten Lake Ridge, 56-53, in the Class 5A, Division I, Region II final at AT&T Stadium.
The Eagles move to 14-0 on the season and advance to the state semifinals, where they’ll meet Aledo. Longview’s season comes to an end at 11-3.
A back-and-forth first half sent the Eagles to the break with a four-point lead.
That shootout continued into the second half.
The two teams exchanged touchdowns throughout the third quarter with Lake Ridge taking a 42-38 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Longview was held to its second punt of the contest with 11:45 left in the contest.
The Eagles pushed the margin to 11 points with an answer after the defensive stop, but the Lobos roared to within three points with 8:27 left on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Michael Ross to Braylynn Anthony.
Lake Ridge, again, had an answer with a 13-play, 77-yard drive to reclaim a 10-point lead.
Ross again went to the air, finding Chris Braggs for a 71-yard score. Then the Lobo defense held Lake Ridge to a turnover on downs.
The Lobos converted two third downs but stalled at the 19-yard line, but the potential game-tying 36-yard field goal sailed wide left to send the Eagles to victory formation. It marked the second year in a row that Longview’s season ended with a missed field goal against Lake Ridge.
Lake Ridge was held to a punt on the first possession of the game before Tylan Miller got his night going with a 59-yard run on the first snap for the Lobos. Four plays later, Miller’s three-yard run put the Lobos on the board with 7:00 left in the first quarter.
Lake Ridge responded quickly with Jett Duffey breaking a handful of tackles for a 52-yard scoring run.
The rest of the first half was a shootout.
After Longview’s lone three-and-out of the first half, Lake Ridge claimed a 14-7 lead on a one-yard punch in from Duke Carter, capping a 15-play, 89-yard march early in the second quarter.
On the next snap, the scored was tied once again when Ross connected with wide-open Jordan Wyatt for a 64-yard score.
Following Longview’s second of three Lake Ridge onside kick attempts, Miller ripped a 42-yard run, setting up his second score on a one-yard punch in.
A 24-yard return on the ensuing kick from Jackson set the Eagles up at its own 47. Five plays later, on a 4th and 9, Duffey found Jimmy Enobabor with an on-the-money pass to the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown.