Longview took another step closer to securing a playoff spot.

Robert E. Lee continued to learn more about what it needs to improve on for next season.

The Red Raiders surrendered over 50 points for the second-straight week and were held to 133 yards of offense in a 52-6 loss Friday on Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

It was Senior Night for Lee and two seniors combined on REL's biggest play of the game, a fake punt pass from Lumi Kaba to Bryce Stewart that covered 51 yards on a catch and run touchdown to make the score 14-6 at that time.

Lee junior quarterbacks Christian Diosdado and Raleigh Poster combined for 16 yards passing and an interception with senior Le Terrance Simmons leading the ground game totaling 40 yards on nine attempts.

The Red Raiders drop to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in District 12-5A.

"It's just the same M.O. we've had; we're battling and battling and then something happens and it just snowballs and then it's out of control," said Lee coach Darrell Piske. "In the second half I really feel it was a weight-room deal. They just lined up and whooped us. We just couldn't maintain our blocks and that comes down to weight room."

Longview moves to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in District 12-5A with a chance to lock up a playoff spot next week if the Lobos can defeat Rockwall at home.

The Lobos were efficient running and passing against Lee with sophomore quarterback Dezmond Chumley passing for 145 yards and a touchdown. It was one of two scoring passes Longview had in the game with the Lobos also rushing for 244 yards and five scores. L'Darrius Peterson led all players with 99 yards, capped with an 18-yard TD run on a sweep.

The Red Raiders have one more game left in this difficult first season for Piske as REL attempts to play spoiler on the road at Rockwall-Heath before the work begins in the offseason to turn things around in 2013.

"We've got to hit the weights; the road to the championship is paved with iron," Piske said. "We knew we were (not strong) going in when last spring you see linemen lifting the same that backs were. We need to get stronger and the kids know it too. The young kids were in there battling and we'll get there." 

 

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