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Week One: Longview at McKinney

Longview Lobos (0-0) vs McKinney Lions (0-0)  

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  1. 1. Who wins?

    • Longview in a blow out
    • Longview in a close one
    • McKinney in a close one
    • McKinney in a blow out

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DATE: Thursday, August 24th
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas

longview.png LOBOS LEAD SERIES 1-0-0 longview.png

The Lobos have a 1-0 lead when the game is a non-district contest.
The two schools have never played a district contest.
The two schools have never played a playoff contest.
The two schools have never played at a neutral location.
The Lobos have a 1-0 lead when the game is played at Longview.
The two schools have never played at McKinney.
Longview won the last meeting with the Lions.
The two schools have never played at McKinney ISD Stadium.
The two schools have never played on August 24th.

10.08.1937 - Longview 32, McKinney 7 - Lobo Stadium

A grinding halt to an otherwise amazing season. That's how Longview saw themselves enter the off season following last December's 17-14 loss to Aledo in the State Semi-Finals. The Lobos, 14-0 entering the contest, were flying high even as far as halftime against Aledo, holding a 14-3 lead at the break. However, a disastrous third quarter sealed the fate for a Longview squad that was looking for their second state championship in four years. Coming into the 2023 season, a host of Lobos return to help Longview look toward that quest again. None other than star running Taylor Tatum, who committed to the University of Oklahoma earlier this summer. In his junior season, Tatum broke both the total touchdown and rushing touchdown mark in a single season with 36 and 33 tallies. He finished the season just 165 yards shy of breaking the single season rushing mark in Lobo history. Tatum will enter the 2023 season needing to tally just 13 touchdowns to become the all-time total touchdown leader in Longview history. Kaden Meredith set the mark with 60 just three years ago. Gone from these 2023 Lobos are three year quarterback in Jordan Allen and four year wide receiver Jalen Hale. Hale will be playing at Alabama this fall. Taking over the reigns at quarterback, looks to be Andrew Tutt. Tutt saw sparse action in a back up role last season. As the Lobos head into their 114th season of football, head coach John King will enter his 20th season at the realm of Longview. King sits at 211 wins overall as head coach of the Lobos, good for 80th overall in Texas High School history for coaching wins. He is 17th in active coaching wins. One thing that has alluded Coach King's teams has been consistent success in the first week of the season. Following last season's 36-10 win over McKinney Boyd, Longview improved to just 10-9 in the previous 19 season openers. It is by far the worst winning percentage of any week in a season under Coach King. Last season ended a two-game losing streak in season openers. The 26-point win over Boyd was Longview's largest season opening win since 2011's 30-0 win over Marshall. Longview will turn to a foe this week that they have not met on the gridiron since 1937. In the 86 years since the two teams last met, the two teams have seen various degrees of success with Longview proving to be the one more consistent. The Lobos have found their way to two state championships, including in the season they defeated the Lions, while McKinney registered their one and only in 1979. Longview has had five overall trips to the title game, while the Lions have found their way to three. More recently though, Longview's success has been more prevalent than McKinney's. Last season's trip to the Regional Round for the Lions was their first trip since 1993. Their 8 win season was their largest win count since registering 8 wins in 2004. Compared to Longview, who has had just one eight win season since King took over in 2004. Last season's 14 win season for the Lobos was their 13th 10 or more win season in the 19 years under King. The Lions will be coming into the 2023 campaign very much loaded, however. And a win over the Lobos would be the perfect start to a high expectation season.

Forney 7 Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill 24
Lancaster 27 Frisco Reedy 30 (OT)
Longview 14 Aledo 17
Lufkin 20 Lancaster 28
McKinney North 41 Port Arthur Memorial 48
North Mesquite 9 McKinney North 21
Tyler 13 Forney 57
West Mesquite 0 Longview 70

Forney at Crandall
Lancaster at Dallas Skyline
Longview vs McKinney (Thursday)
Lufkin vs Tyler Legacy
McKinney North vs Garland (Saturday)
North Mesquite vs North Garland
Tyler vs Marshall
West Mesquite at Dallas Kimball

1st. Forney (0-0, 0-0)
2nd. Lancaster (0-0, 0-0)
3rd. Longview (0-0, 0-0)
4th. Lufkin (0-0, 0-0)
5th. McKinney North (0-0, 0-0)
6th. North Mesquite (0-0, 0-0)
7th. Tyler (0-0, 0-0)
8th. West Mesquite (0-0, 0-0)

Last game - Baytown Goose Creek Memorial fell to Crosby, 59-13. Baytown Lee defeated Baytown Sterling, 45-0. Baytown Sterling fell to Baytown Lee, 45-0. Crosby fell to Longview, 49-15. Humble Kingwood Park fell to Lancaster, 47-14. La Porte fell to Crosby, 49-42. Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill fell to Mansfield Timberview, 35-17. New Caney Porter fell to Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill, 28-20. Port Arthur Memorial fell to Longview, 51-7.
This week - Baytown Goose Creek Memorial hosts Galena Park. Baytown Lee travels to South Houston. Baytown Sterling hosts Houston Northbrook. Crosby travels to Houston C.E. King. Humble Kingwood Park hosts Aldine MacArthur. La Porte travels to Deer Park. Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill hosts Magnolia West. New Caney Porter travels to Dayton. Port Arthur Memorial hosts Port Neches-Groves.

Record: 0-0 (0-0)
District: 7-5A Division I
Coach: John King (211-45 in 19 seasons) (Playoffs: 49-18)
First Year of Football: 1909
All-Time Record: 770-356-52 (Playoffs: 78-45-1)
Playoff Appearances: 48
Last Playoff Appearance: 2022, Class 5A Division I State Semi-Final
State Championships (2): 1937 (1A), 2018 (6A D2)
State Championship Appearances (5): 1937 (1A), 1997 (5A D1), 2008 (4A D1), 2009 (4A D1), 2018 (6A D2)
08.24 - at McKinney
09.01 - at Marshall
09.08 - vs Tyler Legacy
09.15 - vs Lufkin
09.22 - at Lancaster
10.06 - at Forney
10.13 - vs North Mesquite
10.20 - at McKinney North
10.27 - vs Tyler
11.03 - at West Mesquite

Record: 0-0 (0-0)
District: 5-6A
Coach: Marcus Shavers (25-20 in 4 seasons) (Playoffs: 3-2)
First Year of Football: 1904
All-Time Record: 605-503-50 (Playoffs: 25-25-3)
Playoff Appearances: 26
Last Playoff Appearance: 2022, 6A Division II Regional Round
State Championships (1): 1979 (3A)
State Championship Appearances (3): 1966 (3A), 1979 (3A), 1986 (4A)
08.24 - vs Longview
09.01 - at Richardson Berkner
09.08 - vs Flower Mound
09.15 - at Little Elm
09.22 - v. McKinney Boyd
09.29 - at Denton Braswell
10.13 - vs Allen
10.20 - at Prosper Rock Hill
10.27 - at Denton Guyer
11.02 - vs Prosper

Longview has never played a game on August 24th.

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ESPN, Bally....someone needs to pick this one up. It's already on a Thursday and there will be athletes all over the field from two good teams.

Longview opens up as #2 in 5A D1 according to DCTF, while McKinney opens up at #22 in 6A (probably should be higher). 

As of today, there will be 23 players in this game with college offers....which includes the #1 RB in the nation (Longview's Taylor Tatum) and the #2 Safety in the nation (McKinney's Xavier Filsaime). 

Solid game to kickoff the season.


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3 hours ago, AledoAlumni said:

Is the play by play guy still calling games for LV gameday? I enjoy listening to him during yalls playoff run. He is one of the really good ones. 

Yes, to my knowledge. I think we're adding a new color guy, but I believe the play-by-play guy is the same.  

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4 hours ago, AledoAlumni said:

Is the play by play guy still calling games for LV gameday? I enjoy listening to him during yalls playoff run. He is one of the really good ones. 

He is good as they come imo. I wish Texas High could get him to stay in town on Friday nights. When PG went on that run of 7 straight years to the state baseball tournament he was great. 

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I expect us to struggle throwing the ball, making this game closer than many expect. I think our defense will keep McKinney scoring low, and Tatum will be enough on offense to lead us to victory, but I don’t expect it to be by 21+. 

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