LONGVIEW VS MARSHALL
TEAMS
1ST
2ND
3RD
4TH
FINAL
LONGVIEW
0
0
7
6
13
GLADEWATER
0
12
0
0
12
INFORMATION
Bear Stadium
Gladewater, Texas
Friday, October 16th, 1953
District 4-3A
SCORING SUMMARY
TEAM
QUARTER
PLAYER
YARDS
TYPE
Gladewater
2nd
Donald Audas
2
Pass (Miss PAT)
Gladewater
2nd
Rance Carr
1
Run (Miss PAT)
Longview
3rd
George Myers
1
Run
Longview
4th
Billy Snipp
9
Pass (Miss PAT)
GAME STATISTICS
STATISTIC
LONGVIEW
GLADEWATER
First Downs
13
9
Rushing Yards
100
45
Passing Yards
278
162
Passes
9-/-3
11-/-6
Punts
4-31.5
5-21.2
Fumbles/Lost
/-3
/-0
Penalties
6-35
4-40
LONGVIEW EDGES GLADEWATER, 13-12
GLADEWATER - A calm citizen whose hart must pump ice water instead of the other stuff stood behind an inspired and rock-like line and pitched the Longview Lobos out of a 12-point hole and into their second straight victory tonight as they shaded the Gladewater Bears 13-12 in their conference tilt.

Frank Merriwell couldn't have stood the strain of the situation when George Myers found himself in late in the ball game, but if the Lobo quarterback was perturbed he didn't show it. With his mates giving him magnificent protection and his receivers managing to hang onto long heaves when they needed most to hang onto them, Myers led the Wolves through a garrison finish in the final three minutes to score the touchdown that brought them their victory.

Myers capped a 45-yard drive in the final four minutes of the play with a pass into the end zone to Billy Snipp, standing by himself way out in the flat; and the touchdown was all the Lobos needed for the win.

It took the Bears awhile to get started but shortly after the second quarter opener they unleashed the power which scored them a couple of quick touchdowns.

Near the end of the scoreless first period, the Bears started a drive which carried to the Lobo 32 as the quarter ended. But Jimmy McMinn, 155-pound, sharp-shooter, hit Harry Stracener with a 28-yard heave that carried to the Lobo four before the receiver was bounced out of bounds. Gene Blakenship made two inside the Lobo left end and on the next play, McMinn flipped a short one to Donald Audas in the end zone for the score. McMinn's conversion attempt was wide.

The next Bruin score came not too many minutes later and started on a 50-yard punt return down the sideline to the Lobo 38. McMinn hit Horn with an 11-yarder a moment later for a first down on the Longview 24, and on third down Donald went through left guard for 14 and a first down on the Lobo two. A try at the middle of the line by Audas produced only one yard so McMinn went overhead with a short one to Rance Carr in the end zone for the touchdown. Horn tried the conversion and missed.

In the third period, the Wolves came to life and moved nearly 40 yards to score. The Bears kicked to Shipp near the Gladewater 40 and he returned to the Bruin 28. Gerald Moore ripped of 23 yards down the middle to the five and, after an attempt to sweep lost six yards to the 11, Myers hit Noble with a rifle shot to the one. Then on a quarterback sneak, Myers scored. His conversion ran the count to 12-7 and provided the point which ultimate won the game.

It was a dog-eat-dog fourth quarter, and the boys battled each other as if the fate of the human race depended on their winning. The Wolves took an out-of-bounds kick on their own 10 and moved the ball to the Gladewater 23, chiefly on a pass which Myers rifled to Shipp for a 68-yard gain.

Audas recovered a Lobo fumble to end that threat, but McMinn gambled on a passing game deep in his own end of the field and up came a big Double Six. One of his looping heaves was gathered in by Billy Shipp on the Gladewater 35, but the Lobos returned the compliment a moment later when one of Myers' shots was intercepted by Darwin Webb on the Bruin 28.

McMinn hit two receivers for first downs and Audas moved the ball to the Lobo 48, but McMinn gambled on another aerial and this time it was Snakeyes. He lobbed one that John Zeigler intercepted on the Longview 43.

Myers had another pass intercepted a few minutes later. Audas taking it in on the Bear 46. Two plays later, McMinn threw another intercepted pass, this one being gathered in by Myers.

This time the Lobo T-man was a little more careful. With the clock ticking off the final three minutes, he threw three passes which fell incomplete. Then, from a long punt formation on fourth down, Myers faked a kick and shot on downfield which John Boyd, a fleet 138-pound end caught on a dead run and carried on to the Bear 16 for a 46-yard gain.

Myers then faked a pass and handed the ball off to Gerald Moore who tore through right guard for eight yards. Myers lost a yard on a running play and then calmly flipped a short one to Shipp in the end zone for the touchdown.

It didn't matter to anybody in the ball park that Myers missed the second conversion try, because the count was 13-12 and there were only two minutes and 40 seconds left.

The Bears got to throw three incomplete passes before yielding the ball on downs, and the Lobos ran the clock out with line plays.

It was hard to pick a standout player on the Lobo team, because after slow starts both the offensive and defensive teams performed to perfection. The aggressive forwards bottled up the Bear attack in the second half and rendered it all but helpless while the pass-receivers shook off their first-half lethargy and hung onto Myers' heaves when the blue chips were in the pot. Shipp and Boyd came up with fine catches when they were needed most.

McMinn and Horn formed formidable passing combo, and Donald Audas was a potent runner on offense and a terror on defense.

But in the end, Myer's passing and the fine protection his linemen gave him were the difference.

It was a thriller all the way. With the Bears leading in the first half 12-0, the Wolves let a player get loose on the last play of the first half and the Bruins recovered on the Lobo one. But the clock ran out before the Bruins were able to run a play.