Mesquite Horn Holds Off Longview, 25-17, In Key District 12-5A Matchup
[By Lance Reaves, Special to ETSN.fm]
Dezmond Chumley threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, but Longview’s rally fell short as the Mesquite Horn Jaguars defeated the Lobos, 25-17, Friday night at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
Longview’s red-zone defense played a significant role in the game. After Mesquite Horn drove the length of the field to set up first-and-goal inside the 5, the Lobos made a goal-line stand and forced a short field goal.
Both teams traded three-and-outs to begin the second quarter. Then Mesquite Horn quarterback Destri White found Brian O’Bannon streaking down the sideline for a 77-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars ahead, 10-0.
Chumley and the Longview offense responded with a long scoring drive of their own, capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Leonard. The Lobos received the ball again with 1:19 left in the half. Chumley completed passes of 19 and 38 yards to Leonard, which set up a 24-yard field goal by Andres Perez with three seconds left to tie the score at 10.
The Jaguars received the ball to begin the second half. White again found O’Bannon behind the Longview secondary for a long touchdown pass, this time 70 yards. White finished the game with 327 total yards and two touchdowns. The Lobos blocked the extra point.
After a Longview punt, Mesquite Horn drove inside the Longview 20-yard-line, but the Lobos defense sacked White on two consecutive plays to force another field goal. Michael Sylvester’s 31-yard kick split the uprights to put the Jaguars ahead, 19-10.
Longview again responded. Tory White’s 3-yard touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter finished off a 71-yard drive.
On their next possession, Destri White and the Mesquite Horn offense once again saw their drive stall inside the 20. The Lobos’ stout red-zone defense forced another field goal, which they blocked, setting up their offense for a chance to win the game.
The very next play, Chumley dropped back to pass but was struck from behind by a Mesquite Horn defender, jarring the ball loose. The Jaguars recovered the fumble at the Longview 43-yard line.
Seven plays later, running back Jarrison Stewart scored with 3:39 remaining to extend Mesquite Horn’s lead to 25-17.
Longview drove to midfield but ultimately turned the ball over on downs, ending its hopes of a comeback.