Robert E. Lee senior Luke Swanson caught his first touchdown of the season and also received a $5,000 scholarship from Samsung at halftime. Senior Aneas Sutton rushed for a season-best 140 yards and a touchdown.
Those were two positives on a tough Senior Night for the Red Raiders as Lee lost 45-19 to eighth-ranked Longview Friday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
The loss eliminated Lee from playoff contention and gave the Red Raiders (1-8, 0-4 in District 11-5A) their sixth straight loss. Longview raised its mark to 8-1 and 4-0 in district with a showdown for the district title with DeSoto on the horizon Thursday.
Lee led 7-3 after the first quarter, but was then outscored 28-0 in the second quarter as Longview built a commanding 31-7 halftime lead.
Sutton paced the ground game as Lee finished with 202 yards while senior quarterback Joseph Seeber passed for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Red Raiders did not turn the ball over, but had two punts blocked, one of them returned for a score and missed two extra points.
“We got off to a good start and did some things, but we (gave them) a short field most of the night,” said Lee coach Randy Huffstickler. “We had some three-and-outs and needed some first downs and they got short field and quick possessions and that led to trouble.”
Lobos quarterback Bivins Caraway finished with 195 yards through the air and two touchdowns (20, 39) while also rushing for a score. Longview also totaled 171 yards on the ground.
“They came out and drove the ball down our throat and got a score, but then we were able to get a stop and a couple quick scores and things just kind of fell our way,” said Longview coach John King. “This is the next win and it was difficult one for our kids sandwiched in between (DeSoto next week), but we talked about that all week and they listened.
“I knew Tyler Lee was going to come after us, but we just made some plays and got stops when we needed to.”
Longview went in front 3-0 on a 38-yard field goal by Israel Madrid. The Red Raiders answered with one of their best drives of the season. It covered 72 yards in 16 plays and used up over seven minutes, culminating in Seeber finding Swanson in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard score. Lumi Kaba’s extra point made it 7-3 with 1:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lobos answered to take the lead and then raced away. Caraway connected with Deontre’ Wilson on a 46-yard throw-back screen pass to set up the first touchdown. A three-and-out and short punt enabled Longview to make it 17-7 on a 20-yard scoring strike from Caraway to Eric Hawkins. The Arkansas commit finished with three catches for 74 yards.
Another three-and-out and short punt gave Longview the ball at Lee’s 47. Three plays later, Caraway connected with Braden King for a 39-yard touchdown. The Lobos added another just before halftime to all but put the game away.
Lee’s special teams struggled all night. The Red Raiders were averaging nearly 40 yards per punt, but netted 29 yards on five punts. This did not take into account a 1-yard effort after it was tipped and returned for a touchdown.
“That’s the first time that’s happened this year and that’s a lack of focus; on the punts anyway,” Huffstickler said. “We’ve had trouble with the extra points all year, but we have a young guy snapping and the other guy is one who plays 60 or 70 plays per game. I think the snap was a little slow getting back there (and our punter) was kind of short-legging it.”
The Red Raiders scored twice in the fourth quarter for the final score with Sutton and Vincent Cato doing the honors.
Lee closes out the season Friday on the road at North Mesquite.
No. 8 Longview 45, Robert E. Lee 19
At Trinity Mother Frances Stadium
Longview 3 28 7 7 — 45
Robert E. Lee 7 0 0 12 — 19
LV—FG Israel Madrid 38, 9:01.
LEE—Luke Swanson 3 pass from Joseph Seeber (Lumi Kaba kick), 1:43.
LV—Bivins Caraway 1 run (Madrid kick), 10:41.
LV—Eric Hawkins 20 pass from Caraway (Madrid kick), 8:55.
LV—Braden King 39 pass from Caraway (Madrid kick), 4:51.
LV—Colin Jeter 8 pass from Deontre’ Wilson (Madrid kick), 1:11.
LV—Antonius Sanders 1 run (Madrid kick), 4:42.
LV—Khody Hubbard 34 return of blocked punt (Madrid kick), 9:53.
LEE—Vincent Cato 1 run (kick failed), 6:34.
LEE—Aneas Sutton 1 run (kick blocked), 1:28.
First Downs 19 13
Rushes-Yards 31-171 46-202
Passing Yards 203 30
Comp.-Att.-Int. 9-19-1 5-12-0
Punts-Avg. 1-26 6-24.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-58 4-35
RUSHING—Longview, J’Haston Faggans 7-37, Tory White 8-61, Bivins Caraway 4-28, Deontre’ Wilson 3-21, Antonius Sanders 6-27, Jacoby Redden 1-6, Padetrick Raspberry 1-(minus 7), Dontayveous Allen 1-(minus 2). Robert E. Lee, Aneas Sutton 21-140, Marcus White 11-24, LaQuintas Wallace 3-17, Vincent Cato 3-26, Dalaven Baker 6-4, Joseph Seeber 3-(minus 9).
PASSING—Longview, Caraway 8-18-1 195, Dorian Leonard 1-1-0 8, Allen 1-0-0 0. Robert E. Lee, Seeber 5-12-0 30.
RECEIVING—Longview, Eric Hawkins 3-74, Donterious Jackson 2-28, Braden King 1-39, Wilson 1-46, Leonard 1-8, Colin Jeter 1-8. Robert E. Lee, Jordan Henderson 2-11, Luke Swanson 1-3, Dreak Scott 1-8, Marcus White 1-8.