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Longview Wins Their First State Title in 81 years after defeating Beaumont West Brook 35-34

Longview is known as a traditional powerhouse football program in the state of Texas that goes 4 or 5 rounds deep in the playoffs every year, but in the last 81 years they had not captured a title. This year they played with the attitude that it was time for them to put another trophy in their case after waiting 81 years. In Longview, the community is all about football and supporting their team. They traveled to Jerry World on Saturday and were booming loud. Their presence was felt as they fueled the Lobos in their comeback win, supplying them with the energy to make big plays when the game was on the line. There was about 48,000 people in attendance at the game, and there was a plethora of fans in green and yellow in the stands chanting, “Lobos, Lobos, Lobos!!!” constantly throughout the game. It is more than a game in Longview where people eat, sleep, and breathe football. They were battle tested and ready to confront any opponent standing in their way of Texas High School Football immortality.

They won a hard fought battle against Tascosa in the State semifinals. After the game, running back Keilyn Williams was very emotional and so speechless that he could not find words to describe the feeling of going to the state championship. After the win Keilyn said, “We never give up at all, no matter what the score is.” That mindset carried over into the State game against Beaumont. The Lobos were down 34-26 in the fourth quarter and scored 9 unanswered points to battle back. They were led by Junior quarterback Haynes King who threw for the second most yards in 6A State history with 423 yards. He made plays when his team needed him the most. King’s gutsy performance made him the clear choice for offensive MVP.

The Lobos defense stepped up and made a huge stop on a 2 point conversion after giving up the final touchdown, which ended up being the difference in the ball game as the Lobos won 35-34. The Longview defense did give up big plays throughout the game, but they came up big and forced a fumble in the last three minutes of the game to seal the deal.

After the game, Head Coach John King and his son Haynes shared an emotional moment embracing each other in tears after realizing they had won a State championship together. Longview has a special culture and community that creates a family atmosphere that is bigger than the game of football. As a result of that, the team gets to share a highly coveted State Championship trophy with the community of Longview for the first time in 81 years.

Parker Turley @Parker_Turley52

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