Late Touchdown + Two-Point Conversion Sends Longview To Stunning 43-42 Comeback Win Over Lufkin
TYLER -- Longview coach John King wasn't going to leave anything to chance, especially after he witnessed his team fall into a 28-point hole in the first half. He wanted no part of overtime.
Dezmond Chumley's 10-yard touchdown pass to Tylan Miller and his ensuing completion to tight end Jordan Wyatt for the two-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining sent the Lobos to an improbable 43-42 victory over arch-rival Lufkin in their Class 5A Division I Region II bi-district playoff Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
It was the only lead of the night for Longview (9-2), which erased a 28-0 deficit in the first half.
"They've got fight, I love them to death, I'm proud of them," Chumley said of his teammates. "They were never down on themselves, they never quit. They just love to play the game, and we're ready to play some more."
Longview advanced to the area round of the playoffs where it will meet Mansfield Lake Ridge (7-4) at 3 p.m. next Saturday back in Tyler. Lake Ridge earned a 42-17 win over Dallas Kimball also on Friday night.
Lufkin (6-5), meanwhile, was on the wrong end of heartbreak for the fifth and final time this season. The Panthers' five losses came by a total of just 20 points.
"They're a very unselfish group," Lufkin coach Todd Quick said of his team. "They're in a lot of pain right now because they come to work every day, and there is no off-day for them. I feel bad for those seniors, because they did it the right way. They led the younger class and they have done it right all year long."
Chumley, a three-year starter, enjoyed perhaps his finest hour as Longview's quarterback. He completed 17 of 26 attempts for 305 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. His 26-yard completion on third down to LaQuintlen Garrison on Longview's game-winning drive set the Lobos up at the Lufkin 11.
Longview running back Tylan Miller, who rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, was stuffed for a 3-yard loss, leading to a third-and-9 from the 10 with 38 seconds to play. Chumley took the snap, surveyed the field and connected with Miller in the flat, and the running back did the rest by squirting through the Lufkin defense and into the end zone.
"I just saw everybody drop off in the end zone, so I just dumped it off to him and knew he'd make a play," Chumley said of Longview's final touchdown.
Then came King's call to go for two. Chumley faked the handoff and rolled to his right, completing the pass to a sliding Wyatt for the eventual game-winning points.
"I knew they were gonna be ready for the inside run, so I just bootlegged off it and saw the tight end in the flat," Chumley said.
Lufkin had time for three plays. Trey Cumbie's 32-yard completion to Terry Mark got the Panthers to the Longview 23-yard line as time expired.
Lufkin took a 42-35 lead with 3:34 remaining on a Steven Sowell 3-yard touchdown run, but Longview's D'Crayvan Polk returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to the Lobos' 48, giving Longview a short field. And Chumley's 26-yard completion to Garrison ignited the game-winning drive.
"I don't know if he's had a better game, the way he fought back and played with a lot of confidence," King said of Chumley. 'We had some key drops early on and I thought he threw the ball well. I'd have to say this is his best game."
Longview senior running back JaMycal Hasty played well in his second game of the season after he missed the first nine while recovering from a back injury. The Baylor commit rushed for 92 yards on nine carries and hauled in a 24-yard touchdown.
"It's nice to have No. 3 on the field, he draws a lot of attention," King said of Hasty. "And he can make a lot plays."
Wyatt, who had not caught a single pass all season, finished with five catches for 83 yards with a touchdown and the all-important two-point conversion reception. Fellow tight end Emmanuel Gordon had two catches for 85 yards.
The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by Sowell, who rushed 31 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed a halfback pass for a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Cumbie was 15 of 22 for 186 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Mark had eight catches for 127 yards and two scores, while Coutee put up 116 yards of offense with a touchdown.
Lufkin built a 28-0 lead at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter on the strength of three touchdown passes from Cumbie -- 34 yards to Coutree and strikes of 19 and 33 yards to Mark -- and an 11-yard scoring run from Sowell.
Longview finally got on the board with a five-play, 67-yard drive that featured a 21-yard run by Miller and three completions to the tight end duo of Wyatt and Gordon, whose 8-yard scoring reception cut Lufkin's lead to 28-7 with 2:28 remaining in the half.
The Lobos had a chance to get points just before halftime after Chumley connected with Gordon for 77 yards on first down from the Longview 8. A 14-yard completion to Wyatt got Longview to the Lufkin 1-yard line, but Hasty was stopped short of the goal line as time expired in the second quarter.
"Toward the end of the half, they got us on our heels a little bit defensively," Quick said. "We got off the field before halftime without a score, but they got us on our heels and we didn't adjust to it."
Longview trailed by 21 points at the half, but the message from King was simple.
"We weren't going to panic," he said. "I told the coaches 'we're not fixing to get in the spread and throw it every down to get back in it and go mayday offense.' What we were going to do is do what we do and hopefully battle back and get it within a manageable game, and we did. You don't do that without good players and we had kids that made plays all over the field. We dialed up some trick plays and got some breaks on some of those, but I told those kids that wasn't any pressure. After the way we stunk it up in the first half, let it all hang out and we did."
Longview scored on its opening possession of the third quarter when Hasty caught the Lufkin defense napping. Hasty appeared to be jogging off the sideline, but stopped short and was left completely uncovered. Chumley connected with his senior teammate for a 24-yard touchdown, which trimmed the deficit to 28-14.
However, Lufkin reached into its back of tricks on the ensuing drive. On fourth-and-3, Sowell took the pitch from Cumbie and heaved a 37-yard touchdown pass to Demarrea Houston, which pushed the Panthers' lead to 35-14 with 6:17 to play in the third.
Polk returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the Lufkin 34, and Chumley connected with Wyatt on third-and-goal for a 10-yard touchdown. Following a Longview defensive stop, the Lobos took over at midfield and trimmed the deficit to 35-28 on Miller's 3-yard scoring run with 1:46 remaining in the third.
Lufkin traveled into Longview territory on its next series, but Cumbie's lob deep down the sideline was intercepted by Longview cornerback Ameron Dean at the 12-yard line.
Hasty ran for 54 yards to the Lufkin 34 on the drive's first play, and Miller later scored on an 8-yard run that tied the game at 35-35 with 6:21 remaining in the game.
On Lufkin's next series, Coutee broke loose for a 47-yard gain on a jet sweep, which put the ball at the Longview 17. Sowell's 3-yard touchdown run four plays later gave the Panthers a 42-35 lead, setting the stage for Longview's late-game heroics.
Longview 43, Lufkin 42
Class 5A Division I
Region II Bi-District Playoff
At TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
Lufkin 14 14 7 7 -- 42
Longview 0 7 21 15 -- 43
LUF--KeKe Coutee 34 pass from Trey Cumbie (Javier Montes kick), 8:36.
LUF--Terry Mark 19 pass from Cumbie (Montes kick), :20.
LUF--Mark 33 pass from Cumbie (Montes kick), 7:09.
LUF--Steven Sowell 11 run (Montes kick), 4:12.
LON--Emmanuel Gordon 8 pass from Dezmond Chumley (Andres Perez kick), 2:28.
LON--JaMycal Hasty 24 pass from Chumley (Perez kick), 9:25.
LUF--Demarrea Houston 37 pass from Sowell (Montes kick), 6:17.
LON--Jordan Wyatt 10 pass from Chumley (Perez kick), 3:13.
LON--Tylan Miller 3 run (Perez kick), 1:46.
LON--Miller 8 run (Perez kick), 6:21.
LUF--Sowell 3 run (Montes kick), 3:34.
LON--Miller 10 pass from Chumley (Wyatt pass from Chumley), :31.
First Downs 25 22
Total Yards 523 542
Rushes-Yards 41-300 36-237
Passing Yards 223 305
Comp.-Att.-Int. 15-23-1 17-28-0
Punts-Avg. 3-31.0 2-34.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 6-35 6-66
RUSHING--Lufkin, Steven Sowell 31-205, KeKe Coutee 2-76, Trey Cumbie 7-18, Dalvin Smith 1-1. Longview, Tylan Miller 21-119, JaMycal Hasty 9-92, Dezmond Chumley 6-26.
PASSING--Lufkin, Cumbie 14-22-1--186, Sowell 1-1-0--37. Longview, Chumley 17-26-0--305, Hasty 0-1-0--0, Miller 0-1-0--0.
RECEIVING--Lufkin, Terry Mark 8-127, Coutee 4-40, Demarrea Houston 3-56. Longview, Jordan Wyatt 5-83, Miller 3-21, Emmanuel Gordon 2-85, LaQuintlen Garrison 2-38, Antonio Carter 2-35, Hasty 2-31, Jon Sorey 1-12.