Since then, however, the Jaguars and three-star defensive end Stephon Sanders have turned the corner, winning five straight.
Last night, Horn defeated Leander, 43-27, and now Sanders and his squad get a second crack at the Lobos in next's week's Class 5A Division II Region II championship game which will be held in...Shreveport, Louisiana?
That's right, a Texas playoff game will be held in another state. Horn wanted the game to take place at SMU, which undoubtedly suited Sanders - a future Mustang - just fine. Nevertheless, Longview won a coin flip to determine the location and the Lobos chose to play at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
Sanders, the nation's No. 91 ranked defensive end, is tied for fourth on Horn's roster with 67 tackles, 53 of which are solo stops.
The Jaguars had never won a playoff game until this year.
Longview, of course, is a fixture in the Texas playoffs. The Lobos have bounced back and forth between 4A and 5A, but they're always a formidable opponent. This fall, the East Texas power stuttered to a 1-3 start, but the Lobos have caught their stride down the stretch, capturing five wins in a row since a 24-14 loss to North Mesquite in late October.
Horn, ironically, routed North Mesquite (49-21) the week after the Stallions beat Longview.
Yesterday, Horn overcame a 10-point deficit against Leander. JaCorey Shepherd provided the big spark with a punt return for a TD and a reception for six more points.
Sanders and the Horn defense held Leander's offense completely at bay (20 yards of total offense) during the first half.
Meanwhile, Longview blanked Tomball by a 24-0 margin. QB LaDarrin Robertson ran for two touchdowns for the Lobos. Tomball turned the ball over four times.