|LONGVIEW - Paris' Wildcats exhibited potential power here Friday night as they opened their 1941 schedule with a 27-6 victory over a green, but game, Longview Lobo team.
Over 4,000 fans; including a big delegation from Paris, saw Raymond Berry's boys scored in every period of the typical early-season game. Fumbles and penalties were numerous, and the warm weather was hard on both teams.
Bucky Sheffield and Buryl Baty, Paris' All-District backs, sparked an offense that gained 259 yards on the ground. Alling Ollie Jack and Luke Abbett stop doug in the Widlcat line that held Longview to 33 yards by rushing plays.
The Lobos, who made only four first downs to 13 for Paris, made their touchdown late in the game. Although Longview scored against Wildcat regulars, mostly reserves were in the game when the touchdown was set up.
Paris had lots of power but poor passing. Last year Baty could thread a needle with a football. Friday night he had a hard time finding the needle, completing only two of nine attempted. However, one clicked for six points, and the Paris passing game will likely improve as the season progresses.
Only thing weaker then Paris' passing was the Cats' pass defense. While Longview completed only five of 26 passes attempted, it was not Paris' fault that the Lobos did not complete many https://lobohistory.com. At least a dozen "bulls-eyes" aerials were dropped by the butter-fingered Longview receivers.
The defending District 5-AA champs were not too impressive in beating the inexperienced Lobos, but Paris won the game and that's what matters.
After getting off to a shaky start, the Wildcats drove 60 yards for their first score midway in the first quarter. Wingback Gene Hudson alternated with Baty and Sheffield to lug the leather drown to Longview's six. Baty cut over right tackle for the touchdown and added the extra point by placement.
Early in the second period, Baty connected with J.C. Coker, in the clear, and the sub wingback outran the Lobo secondary to pay dirt. Baty's attempted placement was blocked.
With Paris' lineup dotted with reserves, Longview recovered Hudson's fumble on the Wildcat 25. Regulars were rushed back in, thanks to the new substation rule, and Paris took the oval on the 16. Sheffield then broke loose for 44 and 25-yard runs, but the halftime intermission stopped Paris' threat.
Back to punt, Lonnie Clark, Longview fullback, fumbled, giving Paris the ball on the Lobo 24 and setting the stage for the third score. Seven plays carried the ball to the one-yard line, from where Sheffield crashed over. This time Baty's kick was good, making it 20 to 0.
Late in the third period, Paris started a drive that finally fizzled on Longview's five. However, the Cats were not to be denied. Tackle Jack and James Jackson, reserve end, broke through to block Clark's punt and Gene Abshire, another sub end, fell on the ball in the end zone. Baty's placement split the uprights.
Longview recovered a fumble on Paris' 30 and then started it scoring march. Bobby Smith, reserve back, worked his way down to the 18 for a first down, then passed to end Kennedy Abney on the four. Paris regular had re-entered the game, but Longview was not to be denied its score. Smith cut over right tackle for the touchdown. A board of Wildcat linemen broke through to block Johnson's attempted placement.