|LONGVIEW - While Texarkana was blasting Gladewater 44-0 to wrap up the 9-AA hunting, the Marshall Mavericks had just a little bit too much beef, ability and all-around power for Longview as they pounded out a 27-14 victory Friday night in Longview. About 1,500 chilled fans watched the game.
The Mavericks win left them tied with Tyler for second play in the conference with three wins and a single loss. Both teams have lost to Texarkana.
The undermanned Lobos made a real fight out of it and kept the Mavericks on their toes as quarterback Jerry Matthews filled the air with 30 passes with one of them counting for the green-clad Lobos' second touchdown.
In fact, the depleted Longview squad shot out in front in the first quarter as the elusive Don Huff took a Roy Jones punt on his own 43, cut to the left sidelines and raced 57 yards behind good blocking to score.
But the Mavericks came back to tally three times in the second quarter and added another score in the fourth stanza to put the game on ice.
Left halfback Marvin Hall showed well for the Mavs as he picked up 118 yards rushing and scored a 40-yard touchdown on a fine piece of running.
Roy Jones, working on all eight cylinders, rammed and bowled his way for 61 yards and was the key man in the attack as he hit down the middle when that valuable first down was needed.
Guy Smith, left end, turned in his usual fine offensive performance as he caught one 19-yard aerial for a touchdown and booted three of four extra points.
Coach Charlie Flowers also took the wraps off two Sophomores that will figure heavily in the Mavericks 1951 attack. One is Dean Arrington, a slippery 141-pound back who fractured his wright on the first day of practice.
Keats Mullikin, although he played only briefly, returned a kickoff 55 yards to the Longview 45 where he was hauled down at the last second when it looked like he might go all the way.
Arrington playing in the left half spot when Hall was resting, turned in some nice broken field running and played heads-up ball.
After Huff off got on his scoring jaunt and Matthews booted the extra point to give Coach Maco Stewart's boys a 7-0 margin, the Red and White poured on the coal and racked up three touchdowns in a matter of 10 minutes.
After little Jimmy Moore, playing in the safety position, returned a Lobo quick kick from his own 35 to the Lobo 46, the Mavs had their first six points in two plays. After Longview was assessed a 15-yard penalty for a personal foul which moved the ball to the 31, Gray sent Hall into the middle on a quickie for one.
On the next play, Hall took a pitchout, raced around his own right end behind good blocking and cut back to score standing up. Smith's conversion slipped off to the left and Marshall trailed, 7-6.
After Dodson returned the kickoff to his own 24, the Lobos fumbled on the next play and Wendt recovered for Marshall on the 24.
Hall made three, Gray added six on a keeper and Jones gave Marshall a first down on the 14.
On a week side pitchout to the left, Hall slipped down to the six yard line. After Gray was dropped for a yard loss, Jones blasted his way to the two as he refused to bite the turf.
On the next play, the ramming fullback hit the tackle spot again on the left side and Marshall had its second touchdown. This time Smith's boot slit the uprights and Marshall had a 13-7 lead with 8:22 left in the second quarter.
Another Longview fumble by Jerry Bland on the 22 set up the final Marshall score in the first half the Lobo 22.
After Gray tried a pass that fell harmlessly to the ground and Jones smashed for three, Smith got behind the Lobo safety and Gray's pass found him in the end zone. Smith booted the conversion for his ninth point of the evening and the Mavericks had a comfortable 20-7 halftime margin.
In the third quarter, the locals knocked at the door several times but a couple of fumbles and intercepted aerials barred their entrance to pay dirt.
However in the fourth period, the Mavs put together their longest sustained drive of the evening to roll 57-yards.
That man Smith again gave the Mavs possession of the ball as he intercepted a Matthews pass on his own 43.
Gray put the Mavs in high gear as he hit Gene Liston with a jump pass on the Mavs 46 where Liston ran nicely to the Longview 46. Hall slashed into the middle for five, and Jones racked his way for six to move the oval to the 35.
Gray fakes a pitchout and a handoff to Jones in the middle, then pitched out to Hall around the right side for nine.
Jones took over from here and ran for 11 yards with at least three Lobos having a chance at him before finally bringing him down to the 20. An offsides penalty and a four-yard gain by Hall moved the ball to the 11.
Gray on a sneak up the middle picked up five, and Jones one-yarder gave Marshall a first down on Longview's five. After Hall on Jone were halted for no gain, Gray rifled a pass to Liston into the end zone for the touchdown. Smith boot was perfect and Marshall ended its scoring for the evening and led, 27-7.
The Lobos scored their final touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. With the Mavs second and third stringers in operation, Matthews passed to Jackie Alston and Ronnie Lemmons to move to the Mavs seven.
Here Huff got behind Billy Varner and Matthews hit him with the touchdown pass. Tommy Bruyer's conversion was sure and Marshall's margin was sheared to 27-14.
Mullikin took the kickoff and returned to the Lobo 45. On the next play, however, Nash intercepted Gray's aerial and Longview took over on their own 32. Three plays later, the game ended.