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Sports Spotter Report: Longview Lobos

The Longview Lobos came into the 2006 season with many questions on hand. Who would replace quarterback Carlin Freeman? Who would replace Vondrell McGee and Chris Ivory? Would the defense be as dominate as the 2005 defensive unit was? Those questions and more would be answered in their first game of the season againist the #1 West Monroe Rebels, the defending class 5A Louisiana state champions.  

The defensive questions were answered right away after a Longview punt gave West Monroe the ball at midfield. Two plays later, Lobo fan stormed to their feet as they cheered Chris Lacy running 50 yards down the field after recovering the Rebel fumble for the first score of the game. Longview held the 6-0 lead after Zach Decker missed the extra point play.

It did not take long, however, for the Rebels to answer back. Three plays after the Lobos took the lead, the Rebels returned the favor with their own touchdown. LaDarius Adams rushed 32 yards into the endzone for the West Monroe touchdown midway through the first quarter of play. Behind the leg of Jonathan Clingen, the extra point would put the Lobos head 7-6.  

In the second quarter, much of the same was shown as West Monroe continued to fumble the ball. With two added fumbles, Longview would go to work on the offensive side of the ball. After a West Monroe fumble at the Longview nine yard line, the Lobos would march the full 91 yards for the touchdown. Jazmon Moon would notch his first touchdown of the yard with the one yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. Longview would then go for the two points but were turned away.

With a 12-7 lead, the Lobos looked to clamp down on the Rebels.   However, the Rebels were not finished for the half. West Monroe would knock off almost six full minutes of play with their 87 yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Don Brown. The Rebels would also try for the two points but couldn't punch it in. The Rebels marched into halftime with a 13-12 lead, much closer than most people had predicted.  

To open the second half, the Rebels received the ball and for the first time on the night West Monroe wasn't able to get a first down. With the three and out, Longview's offense went to the field. The Lobos were able to get inside the West Monroe 20 yard line three times in the second half, but were only able to get a 22 yard field goal from Zach Decker with 3:34 left in the third quarter. Penalties began to hurt the Lobos with multiple offsides at cruical moments of the game.   With a 15-13 lead, Longview missed a 30 yard field goal once again after the Lobos were able to get inside the Rebel ten yard line. Another three and out by the Rebel offense, gave the Lobos great field position late in the fourth quarter. Once again, however, Longview came up short when D'Marcus Miles fumbled the snap on a fourth down play giving the ball back to West Monroe. That is when the Rebels woke up.   After the Lobo defense held West Monroe to just two yards in their previous drives in the second half, West Monroe was able to march 81 yards and take off six minutes and change in the game to put the Rebels in a place to win. After coverting two third down plays and another fourth down play, the Rebels were able to punch it into the end zone with 29.9 seconds remaining in the game with a Don Brown three yard rushing touchdown. The two point conversation for the Rebels was no good. With the 19-15 lead, Longview was able to get to the West Monroe 38 yard line before a Miles pass was picked off with 1.8 seconds remaining to end the game.  

With the loss, the Longview Lobos' streak of 20 consectutive victories during the regular season came to an end.

Longview (0-1) hopes to restart such a streak next week when the Lobos head home to Lobo Stadium for the first time this year when they take on long-time rival Marshall (1-0). Longview looks to win their 50th victory over Marshall in the 96th meeting of the two teams all-time.

From, KLTV 7 Sports Spotter Bill Simpson.

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