UIL 100 Years: The Rivalries – Longview vs Marshall

Every Tuesday & Friday, we dive into the archives, the record books, the people, events and things that shaped the world of UIL Football in the past 100 years in Texas. 

The Rivalries: Longview vs Marshall

The two teams are separated by just 22 miles and the entire East Texas football world hails this rivalry as the definitive rivalry in Texas high school football.

The Longview vs Marshall series on record is the fourth longest standing rivalry in Texas high school football history in terms of total games played. It is the second longest standing rivalry in terms of years played. The first game was played in 1909, just one year prior to the creation of the University Interscholastic League (UIL). The sport of football was not an approved sport of the UIL until 1920.

The first game of 1909 was played on Thanksgiving Day in Longview and resulted in a scoreless tie. The Lobos controlled most of the game within their own territory but Marshall’s defense prevailed. The start of the rivalry was a lopsided affair in favor of the Marshall Mavericks. The Mavericks won 18 of the first 22 games with two Lobo wins and two scoreless ties. In fact, 17 of the first 27 games of the series resulted in a shutout, excluding the two scoreless ties. Longview did not score a single point in the series until the seventh game of the series, which they won 23-3. 13 of the 17 shutouts resulted in a Marshall victory,

The two schools would actually schedule the game to be played on Thanksgiving Day on 11 different occasions through the 1955 season.  Five of the 11 games were a Thanksgiving tradition from 1951-55. After the 1955 season, the UIL playoffs would take hold of the schedule, thus killing off the holiday tradition.

The Mavericks were a mainstay in the state playoffs, reaching the state quarterfinals five times in the in 1920’s and getting to the state semi-finals in 1926 and 1928.

The 1929 contest, held in Marshall, would result in a narrow and tense 8-7 win in favor of the Mavericks. The deciding factor came in the fourth quarter with a Longview punt being blocked by Marshall deep in their own territory. The Lobos would recover the ball in their own end zone, resulting in a 7-6 Longview lead changing to an 8-7 lead in favor of Marshall. The Mavericks would go on to run the clock out in the final drive. This game would be one of the more competitive games of the early parts of the series.

From 1933 to 1942, The Lobos would win nine of the ten from the Mavericks. The 1937 team, which would win the UIL State Championship, defeated the Mavericks 19-6 in a district game.

Longview vs Marshall in 2002 | Photo courtesy of ETSN

During much of the run, from 1935-1945, the Lobos would be coached by legendary coach Pete Shotwell. Under Shotwell’s run, the Lobos would win 7 of 8 before the Mavericks regained control of the series with three straight wins. One of the players under Shotwell’s direction was Chal Daniel, who was a captain of the 1937 Longview squad. Daniel, who was later killed while training during World War II in 1943, would eventually be elected to the Texas HS Football Hall of Fame. Shotwell would call Daniel one of the most coach-able players he has ever coached.

During the 1941 to 1943 seasons, the Marshall Mavericks would have the services future Hall of Famer, Y.A. Tittle. In his sophomore and junior season, Tittle would be the Mavericks featured full back and half back in a double wing offense. He would then be moved to quarterback, where he would make a name for himself in college at LSU and then in the NFL with Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. At the time of his pro football retirement, Tittle held eight NFL records. Tittle is a member of the Texas HS Football Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Longview would win two of the three games Tittle would be involved in.

From 1943 to 1953, Marshall would have the upper hand going 9-1-1. The final two ties of the series came in 1953 and 1954, with both games coming on 7-7 ties. Through the 1960’s, the two teams would ultimately trade wins before Longview took momentum of the series.

Longview would win 19 straight over Marshall from 1969 to 1987. The 1988 Marshall team would defeat Longview 28-0, before going 12-1 on the season. The playoff run was stopped short by the Dallas Carter Cowboys with a narrow 22-18 loss. Later on, the Carter Cowboys would be forced to vacate all of their 1988 wins, including the game against the Mavericks.

Two years after, the 1990 Marshall Mavericks team would go 14-2 with a 27-7 win over the Lobos in the final game of the regular season. The run would conclude with a 21-19 win over the Converse Judson Rockets. The 1990 State Championship is Marshall’s only state championship.

Prior to 1996, overtime was not part of the UIL football protocol. The 1998 contest featured a 35-28 double overtime win by the Mavericks. It would be only the second overtime Longview would be involved in prior to the overtime period being instituted. It was Marshall’s first. At the time, Longview was the #1 ranked team in the state. The Mavericks earlier in the season. the Mavs would face Louisiana’s #1 and #2 teams in Evangel Christian and Monroe Ouachita. Just two weeks prior to facing Longview, the Mavericks would defeat then #1 Killeen Ellison.

The double-overtime win by Marshall would be one of three wins prior to the 2019 football season. The other two wins came in 2000 and 2015. The 2004 game was the only game in the 109-game series that has been played on a neutral site and that game was a season opener in Kilgore. The Mavericks would go on to to state finals in that same 2004 season and then again in 2005.

The 2018 season saw the Lobos win their second state championship en route to a dramatic 35-34 win over Beaumont West Brook. During that season, the Lobos would defeat the Mavericks 60-14. This total would be the largest amount of points scored by either team, eclipsed by the 1952 Marshall team.

Longview presently holds a 62-42-5 lead over the Marshall Mavericks.