LONGVIEW - Longview High School's powerful Lobos upset favored Tyler by two touchdowns to emerge victorious over the league leaders in a game of football which had all the aspects of a water polo match at rain-drenched Lobo Stadium before 2,000 fans Friday night.
The Shotwell team completely outplayed the visitors from Smith county, and never were in serious trouble. Paced by Joltin' Joe Young, the Green and White scored both touchdowns in the second quarter and coasted to victory throughout the second half with saw Young engaging in a punting duel with Hickok.
Johnny Callahan, the alert right end scooped up the ball on Tyler's 12 yard line and stumbled down to the 4 where he was downed by Bardwell. On the next play from scrimmage, Young took the ball from Dill and crashed over right guard for the necessary four yards. George Numsen dropped back and attempted to place kick for the conversion, but the slippery oval went wide of the goal post, and Longview led 6-0.
Just a few minutes later, the indomitable Young got off a high spiral which carried from his own 30 to the visitors' 3 yard marker where it stopped dead. The punt covered 67 yards and considering that it was made with a rain-soaked ball, the result is phenomenal. At any rate, the Lions tried to run a couple of plays which were stopped for no gain by the Lobo forward wall, before Stewart attempted another kick. This time, the unlucky Stewart had enough time to kick, but the slippery oval skidded off the side of his foot and carried laterally across the field instead of downfield. As a result, the Green and White recovered on the Tyler 5 yard line with first down and goal to go.
After Bobby Dill, the Longview quarterback, picked up a couple of yards on a quarterback mark, Young carried around right end to score standing up. Ken Hbben went back to try his hand at place kicking but his try was blocked. However, Bobby Dill, who was holding for Hibben, scooped up the loose ball and started to run it across from the 10 yard line. Just as reached the goal line, the elusive pigskin slid from beneath his arms and rolled crazily out of bounds. Thus, Longview led 12-0 as the half ended.
The usual halftime festivities which are displayed by both bands were laid aside, as the field had become ankle deep with mud. Many of the fans decided they had all they could stand and took off fro home, but close to 300 loyal customers stayed on to watch the second half which developed into a see-saw punting exhibition between Young and Hitchkock.
The Lions threatened for the only time of the evening shortly after the start of the second half when Bardwell crashed over scrimmage for a 43 yard gain down to the local 26 yard line. That's as far as they went however, for the Lobo line set them back a total of three yards in three plays, as Bobby Collier, Ken Hibben, Glenn Johnston, George Numsen and the Callahan brothers refused to yield an inch.
In the final period, Tyler started tossing desperation passes all over the field, but the alert Lobo secondary intercepted two of these tosses to punt out the fire.
Considering the conditions under which the game was played, it was a great exhibition of football. Young's kicking in particular was wonderful to behold. The running of Johnny Rogerson was a thorn in the right side of the tyler line all night long, and the speedy halfback was able to chalk up an average of eight yards every time he carried the ball. On one occasion, he was well on his way to a 70 yard touchdown run, but he stepped out of bounds.
Bobby Dill showed good judgement in second half by playing the game cautiously and contenting himself with the 12-0 advantage the Green and White piled up in the first half. On the line, it is hard to pick out any individual players for that entire forward wall played outstanding ball. Bobby Collier and Glenn Johnston were charging into that Tyler backfield on every play, while Numsen and Hibben stopped anything which was run in their direction.
Algee and Johnny Callahan were down under every punt, and kept the safety man under cover at all times. In all it was a great game to win, but a tough one to play when the elements are considered.