TYLER - Tyler's over-due Lions got back on the victory trail Friday night by edging the Longview Lobos 14-6 in a thrilled pack ball game played before 3,500 fans at beautiful Rose Stadium.
The winners took a 7-0 lead six plays after the start of the second quarter - the touchdown climaxing a 46 yard drive. A 16 yard advance by Willie Waskom highlighted the march which almost died on the two-yard stripe. The first quarter ended with Tyler in possession on the Lobo 20. Ross "Fud" Smith, who was the Lions' most outstanding back, carried to the 5, then Waskom bulled down to the two. Smith got a yard, but an offside penalty set the Lions back to the six. Waskom immediately carried back to the one foot stripe after he appears to have been hemmed in for a big loss. Ray Tierney, a substitute back, went over for the score and Smith converted.
Longview scored on a play which covered 67 yards just seconds before the end of the first half. The score came with dramatic suddenness and caught most fans by surprise.
Fox Cashell took Smith's long punt on the Lobo 33 and was hemmed in on the 36. Just as the tacklers closed in to nail the Fox, he lateralled off to Tom Kent who sped down the sideline unmolested for the score. The try for the point was wide and the half ended one play later.
Longview got a big break at the start of the second half when Tyler fumbled on the kickoff and the Lobos recovered on the Lion 47. Tom Kent immediate picked up a first down on a 12 yard smash off tackle, but he fumbled on the next play after he had picked up 7 yards. Tyler took overhand Smith took a rack at the middle of the line. He attempted to lateral when hit, but the ball was intercepted by Cashell who scooted 28 yards to the glory land. But the officials nullified the score - claiming they had ruled the ball dead prior to the lateral pass.
After Waskom lost a yard, Smith punted 45 yards to the Big Green's 27. Longview drove back to the Tyler 36 before losing the ball on downs, inches short of a first down on the enemy 35. Three Tyler running plays were stopped cold by the inspired Lobo line and once more Smith as forced to kick.
The teams battled on even terms throughout the remainder of the quarter which ended 7-6 with Tyler still ahead.
The Lobos staged a wide open aerial attack in the final period which definitely established Linney as the league's most outstanding passer.
Johnny flipped 21 yards to Gene Hardin on the 40, then tossed to Cashell for 6. He hit Billy Shaw for a first down on the Tyler 20 and to Jackie Bell for another first down on the Rose City 10.
At this point, the Lobos sent the hard running Kent through the line for the score, but once more the Lobo tally was called back. The officials ruled that a Longview player was offside and the Lobos were set back to the 15 yard stripe.
Waskom intercepted a Linney pass on the next play to kill the threat, but Longview was not to be denied.
Waskom fumbled a moment later and Longview recovered. Linney immediately shot a pass to Earl Williams for a first down on the Tyler 6. The Tyler line, which had been vulnerable throughout the second half, tightened at this point and refused t yield another yard. Kent was thrown for a one yard loss, then Linney was smeared for a two yard deficit as he attempted to pass. Linney tossed to Cashell for three yards, but his next aerial was batted down in the end zone by huge Lawrence Strickland - Tyler's line ace who was terrific on defense.
Smith kicked out to the Lobo 47 from behind his own goal line and Linney promptly pitched to Kent for nine yards. He picked up a first down on an 11 yard aerial complete to Shaw. After an incomplete toss, Linney fired one out in the flat intended for Cashell. Smith raced in from his safety position to intercept the pass and and scampered 84 yards for the touchdown. He booted the point and that was the ball game.