The Longview Lobos have not won a football championship in 71 years. The Lobo Nation will have to wait at least one more year to see their team hold the state championship trophy.
The Lobos battled Lake Travis for the Class 4A Division I title Saturday afternoon. The last time the Lobos were in the state finals was 1997.
Lake Travis stole the Lobos joy.
The game started as the clash of the titans the state of Texas had hoped to see. Longview and Lake Travis gridlocked in a 7-7 tied to end the first quarter. But the second quarter belonged to the Cavaliers.
The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors player of the year, Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw touchdown receptions to Chris Aydam and Andy Erickson and the Cavs took a 28-7 lead into the half. Still, Lobo nation held on to hope.
However in the second half, the 21 point deficit became 28 points Longview added a field goal to make it a 34-10 game. Da'Cedric Hunt, who scored Longview's touchdown in the first quarter, added two more touchdowns late in the game. But unlike several dramatic comeback performances this season, the Lobos were unable to overcome this battle. Lake Travis won 48-23.
"Oh it's very heartbreaking," Lobo fan Margaret Musslewhite said. "The last five years the Lobos have gone it's been heartbreaking. The Lobos were great but the other team has been really great. I was hoping they would win. I've lived in Longview my whole life."