Top 25 Games of 2014: No. 15, Longview at Texas High
When Longview makes the trip north to Texarkana's Tiger Stadium to take on Texas High on Oct. 17, it will be a matchup of 2013 district champions. And this year's encounter could ultimately decide which team's streak of league supremacy continues.
For this reason, the District 15-5A clash between Longview and Texas High ranks No. 15 on ETSN.fm's list of the top 25 games of 2014.
Longview, which has won its district in nine of the last 10 seasons, should enter as the favorite after making the drop down in classification. But Texas High, which had little trouble in 14-4A last season against most of the same teams in 15-5A, has the homefield advantage along with a talented group of returning playmakers.
The Lobos, like always, have a healthy mix of returning starters and players ready to fill the departed's spots. Quarterback Dezmond Chumley, running back and Baylor commit JaMycal Hasty and offensive lineman Broderick Washington are among Longview's key returning impact players from 2013's 11-2 team.
Texas High, which surprisingly has not won a playoff game since 2009, will bring back a handful of standouts, including running back and Tulsa pledge Javon Thomas, receiver Jarion Anderson and defensive tackle William Brown.
The two schools, which for a long time shared the same district, have only met four times since 1989. The last two meetings occurred in 2008 and 2009 when Longview and Texas High were members of 13-4A.
Since World War II, the Lobos and Tigers have played 47 times with Longview holding a 27-20 series advantage. Longview has won nine straight against Texas High with the Tigers' last win coming in 1984.
ETSN.fm's Top 25 Games of 2014
- No. 15: Longview at Texas High
- No. 16: Whitehouse vs. Chapel HIll
- No. 17: Kilgore at Nacogdoches
- No. 18: Alto at Tenaha
- No. 19: Longview vs. Monroe Neville
- No. 20: Athens at Van
- No. 21: Nacogdoches at Carthage
- No. 22: Lufkin at John Tyler
- No. 23: Sulphur Springs at Whitehouse
- No. 24: Nacogdoches at John Tyler
- No. 25: Van at Lindale