TYLER - The Tyler Lions threw a large scare into the ranks of the Longview Lobos and their followers here this afternoon but their hang-bang third quarter touchdown score that tied the ball game simply spurred the lethargic Lobos into more activity as the Greenies scored their fourth conference win, 21-7.
The Lions found the Lobos putting too much faith in a seven-point lead and in just four plays of the third period eradicated that margin.
Longview counted early in the game and looked like the nearest thing to a cinch since Joe Louis. A punt exchange saw J.T. Jeffress, Lobo quarterback, grab the oval on the Longview 31 after a beautiful 51 yard boot by James Moore and ran it back 12 yards to the 43. Jeffress hit center for six more to the 49 and then Robert Crowly, taking the ball from Jeffress on a reverse, ran wide around Tyler's startled right end for 51 yards and the score. Forrest Grigg converted to end the scoring in the first half.
Then in the third the Lobos broke loose with some startling football. They kicked off out of bounds intentionally and the Wolves took over on their 35. Dunaway hit right tackle forgive and on second down, Otis Haley intercepted one of Jeffress' passes on the 50 and ran it back to the Lobo 27. And on the first play from scrimmage Moore sliced through the line inside the Lobo left end and fought his way right on down across the line to score. Bill Stallings added the point and knotted the count.
And that wasn't all. the Lions kept rocking the Wolves back on their heels for another quarter by interception one pass and recovering a Longview fumble deep in Lobo territory.
It was not until the fourth quarter that the Wolves finally got going. Taking over on a punt that Jeffress returned six yards to the 50 early in the fourth quarter, the Lobos scored without losing the ball. Johnny Dunaway got two at right tackle and Crowley, on the same reverse that scored the first time, ripped off 30 yards and a first down to the Tyler 18. Jeffress hit center for three, Crowley got four on a lateral pass, and Dunaway made it a first down on the 9. Dunaway hit right tackle for two and then, faking a handoff, spun into the line for the remaining seven yards to score standing up. Grigg converted.
The clincher came on a beautiful bit of cooperation between the two Lobo ends., Ken Abney and James Gammon. Abney blocked a kick on the Tyler 41 an the ball rebounded high into the air and back toward the Lion goal, where Gammon pounced on it on the seven. On third down Jeffress passed to Abney for the yardage but the officials ruled Abney was over the end zone when he took it so the pass was incomplete. The ball went over on the next down, but Tyler's first play was a pass that Moore attempted and Dunaway intercepted it on the 20 and raced down the sideline for the score. Grigg added the point for the Lobos' final total.
Abney's pass was one of three "touchdown" plays called back during the game. Once Jeffress broke loose for a 67 yard sprint that scored but he was in motion toward the scrimmage line when he took the snapback so the play was nullified. Another came in the first when Jeffress went over from the nine but called back for backfield in motion.
The Lobos were about two touchdowns better than the Lions today but their tackling was quite a bit sour. The tendency of many of them to "horse-collar" the opposition all year was magnified today and in a number of cases the Lion backs were able to slip away for extra yards. But for the most part the Wolves acquitted themselves well and after shaking off the doldrums in the fourth quarter, looked like a better than fair ball club.