By the time Highland Park began varsity football, Longview's Lobos were almost teenagers. The Scots first season was 1923. Longview has been playing football since 1912. Both schools are among the winningest in Texas. Longview's posted 722 all-time wins while the Scots are THE winningest team in Texas high school football history with 845 victories. Despite all that, these two have only met seven times: once in the '20s, twice in the '30s, three times in the '60s and in 1986. The Scots lead the series 4-3 but have lost the last two games in the series (including that 1986 loss in the playoffs at Texas Stadium). This will be the fourth time they've met at Longview with the Lobos winning 2 of the previous 3 meetings at their home stadium.
1924 W 20-0 (at SMU)
1938 W 26-6 (at HP)
1939 L 0-6 (at Longview
)1962 W 25-0 (at Longview)
1966 W 33-14 (at HP)
1967 L 22-37 (at Longview)
1986 L* 14-41 (Texas Stadium)
(Scott Farrell, Scots Historian)
The Lobos are only two years removed from a 6A Division II State Championship. They beat Beaumont Westbrook 35-34 to win their first state title in 81 years and complete a perfect 16-0 season.
After dropping down to 5A this year, many, including Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, have picked Longview to win district 7-5A, with Highland Park a close 2nd.
Highland Park is led by the legendary Randy Allen, the third winningest coach in Texas High School history now with an overall record of 406-89-6. John King has been a head coach now for 17 years and has a record of 179-37 . Prior to that he was Longview’s offensive coordinator for four years.
Longview is 5-1 this season. Their only loss was to Temple 40-13 in week one. Since then the Lobos have wins over Marshall, Tyler Legacy, Beaumont Westbrook, West Mesquite and Wylie East. Last year, the Lobos went 11-1, losing to Dallas Jesuit 27-25 in the second round of the playoffs. Over the past 4+ seasons, Longview is 54-7 with one championship. The Scots during the same time are 59-5 with three state titles.
Longview's offense averages just over 318 yards/game. Most of that, 210 yards/game, on the ground and only 108 yards/ game passing.
Highland Parks averages 471 yards per game, 314 yds/game passing and 109 rushing.
Longview's 3-4 defense gives up only 218 yards on average (86 rushing, 129 passing) while the Scots allow 338 yds/game (229 passing, 109 rushing).
The Scots are quarterbacked by senior Brayden Schager who will likely surpass the 1,000 yard mark Friday. He has thrown for 905 yards in 3 games. Wide receiver Crockett Corwin has caught 16 passes for 320 yards, Luke Rossley has 10 catches for 174 yards. At running back, there's Brooks Bond (188yds), Anthony Ghobriel (135yds), & Christian Reeves (122yds). Each averages more than 5yds per carry.
Longview's led by sophomore quarterbacks Landyn Grant and Jordan Allen. Grant has 310yds passing (3td 0 int); Allen has 337yds passing (2td, 4 int).
Senior running back Kaden Meredith (699yds) has three 100-yd games and fullback Markevion Haynes (499yds) has two 100-yd games. Soph wideout Jalen Hale leads receivers with 16 catches for 279yds (5td).
The senior insider linebackers lead the defense. Marshall Landwehr has recorded 33 tackles in 3 games (19 solo). Patrick Turner has 24 tackles and 8 tackles-for-loss. Defensive linemen Cameron Laurie has 8 quarterback pressures, Isaiah Pedack has 7 and each has 2 quarterback sacs. HP has 2 interceptions: one by Harrison Dugger and one by George Wright which he returned for a touchdown.
Sr linebacker Laqualon Hale leads the Lobos with 45 tackles. Last week he had 12 tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Fellow LB Devean Isaac has 33 tackles. Strong safety Shannon Jackson has 44 tackles and 2 interceptions while Free Safety Tyree Hall has 34 tackles and two interceptions. The Lobos have recorded 15 qb sacs, led by DT Jahkamian Carr's 4 sacs and 6 tackles for loss.
Highland Park's one of just 2 schools to have more than one quarterback on MaxPreps list of all time best Texas HS signal callers. Parade All American Matthew Stafford, and the great Bobby Lane! (click below to read the story)
HP is now 2-0, with a bye coming this week. After wins over Coppell (42-36) & Rockwall (46-18), the Scots have moved up to number 2 in the state in class 5A-1 according to Dave Campbell's Tx HS Football Magazine. Old foe Denton Ryan is #1 @ 3-0, Lancaster is #3 in the poll. Click the button below to see the standings.
Hudson Clark, (HP '19), SEC freshman of the wk, went Hog-crazy Saturday with three interceptions against Ole Miss to help the Razorbacks win 33-21. After the game, Coach Sam Pittman announced he's putting Hudson on scholarship beginning in January!
Sherman had to cancel their game with Longview this week due to Covid 19. Two people in the athletic department at Sherman have tested positive and so school officials decided to shutdown the Bearcats until Monday at the earliest. Both Sherman and Longview are expected to vie for playoff spots this season.
So what happens if some teams play a full schedule of district games and others don't. What happens if teams are battling for the district title, or even for a playoff berth. HP Coach Randy Allen told me this week, there is a district wide plan to handle the standings. In the case of teams not playing the same number of games, they'll go by winning percentage, then head-to-head competition, then positive points. But like Coach Allen said, "Gosh, let's not even think about that just yet."
McKinney North currently sits 3-0 atop the district standings, but Highland Park's right behind and the two play this week. Should HP win the game, the Scots will be alone in first place having weathered the toughest part of their league schedule. .
With West Mesquite open, and Sherman/Longview cancelled, there's only one other game this weekend. Tyler and Wylie East will meet in Wylie. East is trying to extract themselves from among the winless in district (0-3), while Tyler is even in district (1-1). Should the Raiders win, they'll leave West Mesquite as the only team in the league without a district win.
The Scots meeting with McKinney North this week also brings together a pair of head coaches that go back to their days in West Texas. Randy Allen was head coach at Abilene Cooper while Mike Fecci was quarterback at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. His coach there was David Visentine, a friend and meotor to Coach Allen. Fecci then stayed on as a grad assistant and got to know Coach Allen on a another level. Coach Visentine eventually took at job at Irving MacArthur where Fecci served on his staff .