The Longview Lobos won a state championship last year behind father-son team John and Haynes and King, and Fox Sports Southwest came to Longview recently to discover how they did it. 

I was flipping through the channels the other day trying to find something to capture my attention so I could finish mile 8 on the treadmill, and a Fox Sports Southwest show helped me forget what I was doing and zip right through another two miles.  Or something like that.  It was good!  After watching John and Haynes King tell their story about Longview's big win last season in the state championship game I felt energized for sure.

It had been 81 years since Longview had captured a state championship, and the Lobos did it in 2018 with a 16-0 record and a big win over Beaumont West Brook in the state championship game, 35-34.  Longview also improved to 98-24 in this decade, and that's a school record for wins within a decade.

Fox Sports Southwest had some fun with head coach John King and his son Haynes with an episode of Texas Football Days.  During the show, we find out that after quarter-backing his way to a state championship, Haynes gets more free meals around Longview now than his dad ever did.  And John is cool with that.  And Haynes' sister, Steelie, said Haynes was competitive even as a young kid, and family game nights were a bit of a pain because Haynes hated losing so much.  That spirit might drive him right to another state championship this year.

If you missed it, watch the FSSW show on Twitter, and don't miss two of our East Texas teams this week on national television!  The Lobos play John Tyler this Thursday, September 12, and it's going to be on ESPN 2 as part of the High School Kickoff Series.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Trinity Mother Francis Rose Stadium in Tyler.

East Texas is full of football talent, so much that Fox Sports Southwest may have to set up shop here permanently for more interviews and features.  Thursday will be a huge moment for East Texas football on national television, and we're excited to see what "kings" emerge.  Good luck ya all.  You're already making East Texas proud.