|LONGVIEW - The Paris Wildcats, for many years a powerhouse in District 5-AA, uncovered a pair of scampering scatbacks in Billy Reddell and Joe Fagan, who led a blistering running attack on a soggy gridiron here Friday night to pace the visitors to a 13-0 victory over the Longview Lobos as the local absorbed their second consecutive defeat in three games this season.
The Wildcats, running largely from a modified single wingback formation and utilizing a series of effective handoffs and reverses in which their speedy backfield showed to particular advantage, took command of the contest early in the game and held the upper hand throughout most of the tilt, although the Lobos spasmodically showed signs of clicking and several times took over temporary control from the visitors.
At times the Longview blocking was particularly vicious and the tackling, with co-captain Jimmy Pakenham, Don Menasco, Johnny Callahan and Bobby Anglin standing out , was deadly, but the Lobos were unable to give a sustained performance in either and the wildcats were quick to take advantage of every lapse in the Longview defense.
The visitors rolled up 11 first downs to seven for the Lobos in Longview territory.
The Wildcats displayed a fast-stepping, hard-running ground attack and resorted to an overhead game very infrequently, while their sturdy defense kept the Lobos well in check throughout most of the contest.
Paris scored with lightning-like suddenness midway in the first quarter when Reddell fired an accurate 15-yard pass to Fagan, who skipped 34 yards through a broken field behind excellent blocking for a touchdown.
Russell Matney's placement kick on the try for extra point was low and wide, leaving the Wildcats with a 6-0 margin at the end of the first quarter.
The Lobos played the visitors on even terms throughout the second period and the score remained 6-0 at halftime.
Late in the third stanza the winners registered their second touchdown when they staged a 66-yard march to brush aside any lingering hopes the Lobos might have held for victory.
The Wildcats pushed from their own 34-yard stripe with comparative ease to Longview's one-yard marker, where the defense of the losers suddenly stiffened to hold the visitors for two pays, but on the third down Reddell finally cracked the center of the Longview line for a touchdown.
Tackle Charles Burton lofted a placement kick between the uprights for the extra point.
The Longview eleven made only one serious scoring threat, that coming in the fading moments of the game when Fox Cashell went into he contest and started firing passes to Johnny Callahan, Johnny Rogerson and Willie Uhlenhoff for four consecutive first downs to march 40 yards to the Wildcat 10 yard stripe. The drive fizzled at that point, however, when co-captain Bobby Jack Floyd of the winners intercepted an aerial on the final play of the game.