|LONGVIEW - Underdog Longview turned loose one of the most blazing offenses the Lobos have displays in many years by going on a last half scoring spree to upset the Arkansas High Razorbacks of Texarkana, runners-up in the Arkansas state schoolboy race last season, at Lobo Stadium here Friday night, 41 to 7.
The Lobos struck for a touchdown the first time they got the ball, clung to a slender lead of 6 to 0 at halftime and then went on a rampage to push across two touchdowns in the third quarter and three more in the fourth as they bewildered the capable but outclassed Razorbacks at every turn.
A pair of high-stepping little halfback, Tony Rothrock and Roy Taylor, each weighting 143 pounds, scored all six Longview touchdowns as Rothrock accounted for four and Taylor two while quarterback Bobby Randel booted four extra points and tackle Jim Reid converted once.
Randel, who was outstanding for the Lobos with his slick ball handling under the I-formation, had a hand in all but one of Longview's six touchdowns as he paced for two, handed off on a deceptive bit of trickery for another and completed fancy pitchouts for two others.
The crisp, jarring blocking of the Longview forward repeatedly shook the speedy Lobo backs loose for long gains while great waves of interference downfield frequently escorted Taylor and Rothrock across the goal line without the Razorbacks laying a hand on the scintillating little halfback.
It was Longview's first victory in two games this season, while the defeat was the first for the Razorbacks after a pair of convincing wins over Hot Springs, Arkansas and Norman, Oklahoma.
The Razorbacks picked up 18 first downs to 15 for Longview, but the Lobos out gained Arkansas High on the ground 288 to 237, and in the air 197 to 53.
Randel's passes consistently riddled the defense of the Razorbacks as he fired to his receivers with machine-like precision. The husky field general, who completed nine out of 17 attempts last week, hit for six more in 10 tries and Sophomore James Wood, who replaced Randel at quarterback in the fourth quarter, completed another to give Longview seven completions in 11 attempts.
The Lobos struck for all their touchdowns on dazzling long runs or passes with their shortest scoring play being a 17-yard scamper.
Rothrock tailed on the 17-yard jaunt in the first quarter, Taylor scored in the second half on a 66-yard pass play from Randel and Rothrock hit pay dirt again in the same period on a 48-yard scamper around end. Taylor went 60 yards for another touchdown in the fourth quarter and before the game was over a pass play from Randel to Rothrock was good for 50 yards and another touchdown and finally another pass from Wood to Rothrock accounted for 63 yards and the final touchdown of the contest.
Flashing a sharp running attack featuring Philip Duvall, Bob Studebaker and Kenneth Vanderslice, the Razorbacks took the opening kickoff and started off as if they intended to run the Lobos right out of their own stadium.
In 15 plays, all of them on the ground, the Arkansas team marched 66 yards to Longview's 10-yard stripe before the Lobos staged a rugged goal line stand to hold for downs and take over deep in their own territory after Tommy Rodriguez and Weldon Davis stopped Duvall's fourth down plunge short of a first down.
Then the Lobos started the fireworks to smash 90 yards for a touchdown in only 11 plays. Only once during the drive did Longview take to the air, when Randel flipped a 12-yard pass to Taylor as the Lobos ate up the rest of the distance in slashes off tackle and around ends.
After Longview held for downs on its own 10 to halt Arkansas High's first scoring bid, Taylor got the Lobos out of a hole in one roaring blast as he broke loose over right tackle for 25 yards on a quick-opening play. He was clear and headed for a touchdown, but dropped the ball on Longview's 35 and had to stop and recover.
The reprieve, however, was only temporary and the Lobos kept rolling until Rothrock climaxed the drive by taking a pitchout from Randel and scooting 17 yards around right end to score. Randel's placement kick on the try for extra point was wide.
Neither team threatened seriously in the second quarter and the half ended with Longview still holding its one-touchdown margin.
The offensive circle of the Lobos lost no time in getting into the action in the third quarter, however. On the second play after the kickoff, Randel fired an 11-yard pass to Taylor who breezed 59 yards more untouched to score. Randel converted from placement.
Midway in the third period, the Lobos struck again when Rothrock raced 58 yards around right end after a pitchout from Randel for Longview's third touchdown and Randel again booted the extra point to put the Lobos in front, 20 to 0.
The Razorbacks made their second threat late in the third period, but the drive stalled on Longview's 14-yard stripe when Rothrorck and Pat Sisk stopped quarterback Ray Landes on a fourth down line plunge.
From there it took Longview only five plays to hit for another touchdown with Taylor racing 60 yards over left tackle which Randel converted to put the Lobos in front, 27 to 0.
The Razorbacks chalked their only touchdown midway through the final period. Vanderslice took Randel's punt 28 yards to Longview's 26-yard stripe and a interference penalty gave Arkansas High a first down at the Lobo's 11. Studebaker made another first down on the one. The Lobos almost held the Razorbacks again, stopping he Razorbacks two plays before Landes went over on third down. Billy Sherman passed toward Roy Lynn for the extra point.
The Razorbacks tried an onside kick on the following kickoff, but center John (?) recovered the ball on the 50. On the next play Randel passed five yards to Rothrock who then went 45 yards more for a touchdown. Reid converted to put the Lobos in front, 34 to 7.
With only 58 seconds left to play, the Lobos put the final touches on their sensational offensive show when Wood threw a 22-yard pass to Rothrock who sprinted 45 yards more for the final touchdown and Randel completed the scoring by kicking the extra point.