ARLINGTON - December football is coming back to Longview.
With a stingy defensive performance and an efficient and dominant offensive output, the Lobos are returning to the fourth round of the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a 35-14 win over Wylie in a Class 5A, Division I regional on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
“It was a big game for us and something that we talked to the kids about,” Longview head coach John King said. “This is the 10th team in Longview history that’s made it four rounds deep. That’s in 107 years of football.
“That tells you how special this team is.”
Longview awaits the winner of Mansfield Lake Ridge and Mesquite Poteet, who closed out a quadruple header at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. The Lobos will meet that winner at 9 p.m. Saturday back in Arlington.
Tylan Miller rushed for 174 yards and three scores as Longview rolled up 440 yards of total offense. It was the senior running back’s 12th career 100-yard game and 10th with at least two touchdowns.
D’Crayvan Polk added two scores and 50 yards on eight carries.
In total, Longview finished with 308 yards on the ground.
The Lobos matched their bread-and-butter run game with an efficient passing attack as well with quarterback Michael Ross connecting on 6 of 7 pass attempts for 132 yards. Chris Braggs and Jon Sorey hauled in two catches each, finishing with 51 and 47 yards, respectively, for the Lobos, who had 75 passing yards total in the first two playoff games this season. Miller also hauled in a 30-yard pass.
Matching the Lobo offense was a defense that held Wylie (8-5) to 216 total yards, including two yards per rush attempt and six catches in 22 passing attempts from a Wylie team that averaged 402 yards per game entering Saturday’s matchup. Fifty-seven percent of the Pirates’ offensive numbers came on three plays – passes of 61, 31 and 32 yards.