LONGVIEW - Unable to launch a concerted attack either o the ground or in the air and handicapped greatly by the 97 degree temperature, the Longview Loboes met defeat in the inaugural gridiron game here yesterday afternoon at the hands of the Winnsboro Wildcats, and quarterback Finley in particular, here at the Fair grounds.
Aided little except occasionally, Finley, a hefty chap, refused to give up and kept plugging away until the Wildcats were smiled upon by Lady Fortune and then went to work even harder to plunge across the last white stripe late in the fourth quarter for the lone touchdown of the game.
Despite the hot weather, which made good, fast football impossible, the blonde Finley tore his way through and around the local line for almost four quarters before he was successful in plunging across the last stripe for a marker.
Although the game was close and undecided until the very last moment when the Loboes opened up a desperate passing attack the contest was listless and neither side was able to launch a consistent attack.
It was a break which indirectly led to the lone touchdown in the final chapter.
Turner intercepted Painter's toss on the 40-yard stripe and returned it to the Lobo 30-yard ribbon. After gaining six yards in three efforts Finley booted to the Longview 4-yard line. Longview kicked back to the 20-yard line. At this point, the Wildcat star started a one-man march down the field by a dashing 5 yards off tackle. He made it first down around right end and placed the ball on Longview's 9-yard line.
Again plunging, tearing and fighting his way through tackle, Finley finally fell across the line, dragging three Loboes over with him. The try for extra point failed from placement.
Only in the closing minutes of the first half did the local eleven really threaten to score hen they passed and ran the ball to the 2-yard line before losing it on downs just as the half ended.
The Loboes showed a world of strength in adversity when they were backed to within the shadows of their own line, only to have a poor punt fumbled by a Winnsboro back and recovered by a Lobo player.
Coach J.O. Woodman presented a well balanced team, but his boys appeared to suffer much more from the heat than their rivals.
Mills, left end, and Vaught, let tackle, for the visitors were the most prominent players in the Winnsboro forward wall. Rogers, end, Hood, guard, and Nichols, right tackle, outdid their mates in the line.
Hill, quarterback, was the only local ball carrier able to show any form at lugging the pigskin for gains. He skirted the Wildcat flanks for nice gains only to fail to pick up any yardage when the 30-yard line was crossed.
A fairly large crowd braved the heat to watch the two elevens pry off the football season here. The local band furnished music for the occasion. The Wildcats were accompanied here by a hundred or more supporters.