|PARIS - The breaks went against the Lobos for the second straight week Friday night, and the result was a disheartening 6-0 loss to Paris, in a game played under the lights on the wildcat field which was a sea of mud from start to finish.
Poor officiating on what might have been the winning play of the game cost the Lobos their second defeat of the current season. Not distracting from the fine showing made by the north-state aggregation which outplayed the Lobos at every turn, but the final score will long be open to much argument by those who saw the ball game.
After "Gentlemen Jim" Hickey, triple-threat backfield ace for the home team, had crashed off right tackle for a stunning 30 yard touchdown dash in the first quarter, both teams settled back to conservative football. The adverse playing conditions dimmed the Lobo offensive considerable, and it was evident that they were willing to turn the game into a punting duel between Joe Young and the aforementioned Hickey. The latter was no match for the Longview fullback in this department however, and Joe's booming punts kept the Lobos out of danger for the next three quarters as they continued to play for the break.
This strategy finally paid off in the last minute of play when Joe Tom Sturdivent took Hickey's punt on his own 30 yard line and put on a sudden burst of speed which carried him 79 yards for a Lobo score. The play was called back by one of the officials who declared one of the Longview had committed a clipping penalty on the play.
Coach Shotwell rushed out on the field and protested the decision vigorously. It was generally agreed among the fans in the stands that the play in question had definitely been called the wrong way, but the official refused to change his decision and that was the ball game as far as the Lobos were concerned.
The Lobos might well have gone on to win the ball game had it not been for the ruling which nullified the score, and cost the Green and White a 15 yard penalty to boot.
Longview was outplayed completely by the Wildcats, and only Joe Young's booming punts kept the score as low as it was. They still look extremely weak against a passing attack, and will have to improve considerably if they are to be regarded as contenders for regional honors this year. The Lobos played their first conference game here in Longview Friday night against Henderson's hot and cold eleven.
The Wildcats scored the second time they got their hands on the ball. Longview kicked and Paris returned the ball to the 40 before Hickey punt to Sturdivant. After thee line plays failed to gain a first down, the Lobos kicked to Humphrey who carried the ball back to his own 40 yard line. A pass and three running plays brought the ball down to the Lobo 30 where Hickey took the pass from center, started around his right end and cut back through tackle and scampered 30 yards down the sidelines for the score. The try for the conversion was blocked by the fast charging Lobo forward wall.
From that point on, both team settled down to straight football. The Lobos were willing to wait for a break which took four quarters to materialize. Then as the timekeeper notified both coaches that only two minutes playing time remained in the ball game, the Lobos punted on the Paris 27 yard line. Three plays later, Hickey got off a beautiful spiral which sailed down to Sturdivant who was playing in the safety position for the Lobos. Joe Tom picked ups the slippery pigskin, bucked it under his arms and didn't stop running until he was in touchdown territory. The Longview stands went wild with joy, only moan loudly as the play was called back and the score nullified. There wasn't a more dejected looking man in Texas last night than young Sturdivant when the officials nullified the scoring play.
In all, it was a hard fought game with both teams doing a superior job considering the conditions. The Lobos came out of the imbroglio in fairly good shape. Joe Young was injured in the last quarter, but was able to leave the field under his own power.