[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]

A severe thunderstorm forced the Longview Lobos to wait an extra hour and 45 minutes to take the field against the Marshall Mavericks, yet they wasted little time in taking control of its 48-0 victory.

The 102nd meeting between the Lobos and their neighbors to the east was played under a steady downpour in front of a relatively small crowd. These conditions didn’t deter the Lobos from putting points on the board early and often and coasting to their 12th win in a row in the rivalry.

After receiving the opening kickoff and going three-and-out, a short Marshall punt set the Lobos at the Maverick 37-yard-line. It only took one play from there as senior RB Tory White took it to the house for a 37-yard score and a quick 7-0 lead just under two minutes into the game.

The Lobos alternated quarterbacks throughout the game with great success. Sophomore Dez Chumley was impressive, going 3-for-3 with 58 yards and a TD while junior Stephon Dunn scored both on the ground and through the air.

“I felt like both of them did some good things, both made some mistakes, but they’re still growing” said Longview coach John King. “We’re going to continue to work both of them, and try to progress them to where they can lead this football team.”

Tory White led the Lobos ground attack with 91 yards on just seven carries and a score. Sophomore back J’Mycal Hasty was equally as impressive with 36 yards and a score. Five different Lobo receivers had catches, including Justin Spady, Dorian Leonard and Chris Pellum all finding the end zone.

The Lobos dominated the first half, despite only running 18 plays compared to the Mavericks' 43. Longview racked up 208 yards with only one turnover, while the Mavs were held to 88 yards, only 12 on the ground and turning it over twice.

The Mavericks' best chance to score came on their final possession of the first half as they had a 43-yard pass from freshman Justin Hart to John Love negated by a holding penalty. Facing a fourth-and-long at the 30, the Maverick pass fell incomplete as the first half came to a close.

The Lobos defense was harassing throughout the night, led by Jalen Porter, who finished with a sack and several tackles for loss. The unit as a whole had three sacks and three interceptions on the night.

The Mavs (0-3) were led by Hart, who finished the night 8-for-25 passing with 93 yards and three interceptions. Running back Nolan Allen led the ground attack with 30 yards on 9 carries.  Marshall finished the night with only 121 yards of total offense.

The Mavs head home to face an undefeated Whitehouse team fresh off a 38-33 victory over Sulphur Springs on Friday night.

The Lobos (2-1) travel to Lufkin (2-1) next Friday to take on the Panthers in their first matchup since the offseason passing of former coach John Outlaw.

“That will be a different feeling not having him (Outlaw) there” King said. “We have a lot of respect for Todd Quick and his staff, things are going to get tough for the Lobos.  We’re gonna have to get ready to play a good football team and enter 12-5A district play on an upswing.”

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