[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]

LONGVIEW -- Longview Lobos head coach John King this week described his team as being in playoff mode for the rest of the year in order to guarantee a spot in the postseason.

Behind the arm of Dezmond Chumley and the play of defensive back Corey Bartley, the Lobos looked ready in a 52-3 victory over North Mesquite.

Chumley, a sophomore, had half of his completions go for touchdowns as he finished the night going 8 of 10 for 111 yards and four TDs. He spread the ball around to seven different receivers with Justinn Spady finishing with 2 catches for 31 yards and a score to lead the pack.

Chumley’s four first-half strikes and a Tory White score on the ground, along with an impressive effort by the Lobos defense put things away by halftime.

The Lobo defense held the Stallions to just 153 yards of offense, most of which came late in the second half. Bartley made plays all over the field, finishing the night with three interceptions and a fumble recovery. Bartley’s first big play on the night set up the Lobos' second score.

After finding the end zone on their first possession the Lobo defense quickly forced a three-and-out by the Stallions. The snap to punter Juan Mendez was high and Bartley was there to recover, setting the Lobos up at the Stallions' 9-yard line. On the next play, Chumley rolled out and tossed his second TD of the night, finding tight end Colin Jeter for the 9-yard score.

Bartley ended the Stallions' next possession with a spectacular diving interception on a tipped ball that gave the Lobos the ball at their own 33. It took them just four plays to find the end zone as Chumley hit 6-5 receiver Dorian Leonard on a deep ball from 41 yards out, with Leonard jumping over two Stallions defenders to make the grab.

New transfer Tre Allen had two big plays defensively for the Lobos on the next drive, coming up with a tackle for a loss and a sack as North Mesquite was forced to punt.  This set up Chumley’s fourth and final TD pass, this one to Spady from 14 yards out.

Chumley’s only mistake on the night, a second quarter interception, gave the Stallions their best chance for a first-half score. Starting at their own 21 they moved the ball effectively, accumulating five of their six first-half first downs in moving the ball inside the Lobos' 10. However a Cody Williams pass was intercepted by Bartley and returned 87 yards to the North Mesquite 8. A Stallion personal foul penalty put the ball at the 4, where two plays later White found the end zone with just 10 seconds left before the break.

The Lobos used the ground game with much success as 12 different players ran the ball. Leading the way was White, who finished the night with 47 yards on 12 carries and a score and L’Darrius Peterson, who finished with 47 yards on just four carries and a score. The Lobos finished with 38 carries for 250 yards on the night.

North Mesquite used a short field on its last possession of the game to get on the board. Following a lengthy kickoff return, the Stallions moved the ball inside the Lobos' 10 before a penalty backed them up and stalled the drive at the 13. Mendez then booted a 30-yard field goal for the game's final tally.

Williams was pressured all night and finished just 6 of 12 for 60 yards and three interceptions for the Stallions. Corey Hunt lead the way on the ground with 20 carries for 53 yards.

North Mesquite plays host to Rockwall-Heath next week, while the Lobos travel to Tyler to take on Tyler Lee.

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