Longview Holds Off Hallsville To Complete Perfect Run Through District 15-5A
LONGVIEW – Behind another big night on the ground from Tylan Miller, the Longview Lobos capped an unblemished run through District 15-5A action with a 42-28 win over Hallsville on Friday night.
Miller neared the 200-yard mark and had four touchdowns to lead Longview (8-2) to a 7-0 finish in district action and its eighth straight victory.
It was a win that didn’t come easy for the Lobos against a Hallsville team vying for its own playoff destiny. The Bobcats needed a win or a Sulphur Springs victory over Marshall in order to reach the postseason. Marshall beat Sulphur Springs, 36-27, ending Hallsville’s season at 6-4.
The Bobcats erased a 14-point deficit in the first half and pulled within a score twice in the second half.
Each time, the Lobos – led by Miller – had an answer.
Two first-quarter scores from the junior put Longview up early.
A defensive score on a 93-yard fumble recovery from Hallsville’s Lance Hardman put the Bobcats on the board to open the second quarter. Dewayne Johnson then punched in a 3-yard run to make it a 14-14 game midway through the stanza.
Miller scored for the third time in the half and Antonio Carter added a 34-yard run to give the Lobos a 14-point margin at the break.
Ben Dewoody picked off Longview quarterback Dezmond Chumley, setting up a Hallsville touchdown from Kha’lil Sneed to make it 28-21 late in the third quarter. Sneed led Hallsville with 73 rushing yards.
Dewoody struck again, picking off another pass on consecutive attempts for the Lobos. But the linebacker wasn’t the only one pulling down picks as Jakoriyan Walker hauled in his second pick of the night on the ensuing possession. Walker finished with three picks for Longview.
Chumley called his own number for a 43-yard run with just over nine minutes to play to again give Longview a 14-point lead.
Hallsville went back to work with a long scoring drive with Wyatt Wolverton hooking up with junior tight end Coleton Lasseter for a 6-yard score. Wolverton finished the night 11 for 18 for 85 yards – 54 going to Andrew Southard.
Miller wrapped his night on the following drive with his fourth score to give Longview the 42-28 final.
Longview running back JaMycal Hasty, a Baylor commit, made his season debut after sitting out with a back injury and caught one pass for 18 yards.