Longview too much for Sachse in area finals
DALLAS--Sachse has proven this season that it is capable of playing with the big boys.
The Mustangs not only made the playoffs for the first time in school history, they defeated Jesuit in the opening round last week.
On Saturday, Sachse found out what it was like to play one of the heavyweights.
And Longview certainly fits that bill, with four consecutive trips to the state semifinals, including a pair of state championship game appearances.
The Lobos are the standard of program that many aspire to be, and they showed the Mustangs they still have a ways to go before taking that next step.
Longview raced to a 38-7 lead in the first half and was never seriously threatened from that point as they rolled to a 59-35 victory over Sachse in a Class 5A Division II area round playoff game at Kincaide Stadium.
The Lobos (11-1) advance to the regional semifinals where they will face Dekaney next week. The Mustangs finish the season with an 8-4 record, marking their highest win total in program history.
Longview's trademark over the years has been its strength and athleticism and they showed it in all phases, mixing in punishing hits on defense, a bruising running game that amassed 389 yards on the ground and with an array of highlight-reel returns on special teams.
Sachse, to its credit, never gave up after falling into the huge first-half hole. Trent White finished the game with 345 passing yards, but while the Mustangs put up some points in the second half, every time they crept closer and started to believe, the Lobos had an answer.
Longview set the tone from the start, using a long punt return to set up a 42-yard field goal by Israel Madrid to take a 3-0 lead.
Sachse, which finished with more than 400 yards of offense, showed it could move the ball, as the marched 70 yards in nine plays, but a 27-yard field goal attempt banged off the upright.
It was a deflating end to a promising drive, and the Lobos quickly capitalized with an 8-yard touchdown run by Tory White that made it 10-0.
Sachse reached deep in the playbook on its next possession, as White threw a lateral pass to Kent Myers, who in turn fired to Chris Robb for a 25-yard gain. That was part of a 76-yard drive that ended with LaKeldric Moore scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run to close to within 10-7 late in the first quarter.
That was when Longview decided to squash any upset hopes the Mustangs might have had.
The Lobos scored on the second play of the second quarter when Bivins Caraway threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Deontre' Wilson.
Longview then showed just how seriously they were taking this game when they surprised Sachse with an onside kick that was recovered by Corey Bartley. Six play later, Wilson was in the end zone again and it was 24-7.
Things went from bad to worse, as consecutive three-and-outs led to touchdown runs from Wilson and Caraway to give the Lobos a 38-7 advantage.
Sachse showed life late in the second half, as White threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Guckenberg to make it 38-14 at halftime.
Then on the second play of the second half, Aaron Ballard picked off a pass that set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Billy Cole as the Mustangs crept to within 38-21.
It took Longview less than a minute to respond, as Caraway threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to D. T. Jackson, and then after Sachse misplayed the kickoff, White scored from eight yards out to push the advantage back to 52-21 midway through the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs got an interception from Cortez Goodwin and three plays later, White found Robb behind the Longview secondary for a 60-yard touchdown. Ballard then recovered another fumble forced by Nick Corkovic and the offense cashed in on a scoring strike from White to Brandon Durr to make it 52-35 with 2:33 left to play.
Sachse attempted an onside kick, but the Lobos recovered and on the next play, J'haston Faggans ripped through the defense on a 60-yard touchdown run to end any hopes of a miracle comeback.