|LONGVIEW - The Longview Lobos piled up an early 20-0 lead and then hung on grimly in the fading minutes of play to defeat the South Oak Cliff Golden Bears of Dallas in the opening game of the season before a crowd of 6,500 fans at Lobo Stadium here Friday night, 20-14.
With halfback Harry Moore and fullback Pete Burks repeatedly crashing through for one long gain after another, the Lobos took command early and at one time it looked like they might turn it into a rout. But the Bears gamely fought back and before it was over the Longview eleven was forced to call upon every resource at its disposal to turn the tide.
Moore scored one touchdown for Longview and Burks tallied the other two, one of them on a 56-yard gallop and the other on a 53-yard scamper while Bob Abney, Sophomore quarterback, converted two extra points in three attempts for the Lobos.
Both of South Oak Cliff's touchdown came on spectacular runs, one of them for 94 yards by fullback Bradley Hartwyck on a return of the kickoff following Longview's third touchdown late in the third quarter and the other on a 62-yard burst over tackle by halfback Buddy Phillips early in the final period.
Burks twice was forced out of the contest with a leg injury, although it did not appear serious and he left under his own power both times.
Moore, a stocky little junior speed merchant, turned in a tremendous offensive performance as the Lobos used their speed to outmaneuver the heavier Bruins, who held a hopping weight advantage in the line of 18 pounds per man.
The superior weight of the Dallas eleven apparently began to take its toll on the Lobos in the latter stages of the battle and they twice were called upon to halt scoring threats of the Golden Bears late in the fourth quarter.
With Longview clinging to scant six-point lead and less than two minutes left to play, the Bears reached the eight-yard line of the Lobos in a determined attempt to push across a third touchdown that would have given them at least a tie and perhaps a win, but the gallant Lobos turned back the bid when a fourth down plunge by Phillips lacked only inches of making a first down.
Even then Longview needed to recover a South Oak Cliff fumble on a punt in over to keep the Bears from making another scoring bid. After gaining the ball on their own eight, the locals tried to run out the clock but couldn't quite do it and were forced to punt. Quarterback James Wood's kick was short and reached only to Longview's 25-yard stripe. There, however, the ball bounced up and hit a South Oak Cliff player and Longview promptly recovered. This time the Lobos weren't able to get off a play before the final whistle sounded.
Longview received fine quarterbacking from both Wood and junior Bill Bolger, a position that had been looked upon as something of a question mark in the line. Tackles Gene Pierce and Ed Buckner and end Rex King turned in outstanding defensive performances The blocking of Pierce and King was highly instrumental in two of Longview's touchdown.
The Lobos barely missed a touchdown in the first quarter when they drove to South Oak Cliff's one-foot line before losing the ball on downs and late in the second period they had another touchdown called back by a holding penalty after Bolger had tossed a 21-yard pass to halfback Bill Coley in the end zone.
The Golden Bears took the opening kickoff, but were unable to move and punted to Longview's 22-yard line. Three plays later the visitors recovered a fumble on the Lobos' 32-yard stripe to present the first scoring opportunity of the game.
David Pickitt picked up three yards on a line smash but Dub Thomas threw Ronnie Mabra for a three-yard loss and on the next play he lost three more on a fumble, forcing the Bears to kick and the Lobos gained possession on their own 20.
From there Longview turned loose the first real offensive fireworks of the opening period as they marched for five straight first downs on the dazzling running of Moore and picked up 30 yards but without scoring. In two smashes Thomas made a first down and Moore broke over left tackle for 17 yards and a noter first down on the Longview 48-yard stripe. Two plays later Moore was off again, this time for 14 yards and a first down on the South Oak Cliff 22.
The Lobos drew a five-yard penalty for delay of game, setting them back to the Bears' 27 but Moore took a pitchout to the left from Wood and sailed 22 yards around left end for a first down on the Dallas eleven's five. Wood showed fine faking on the play as he first feinted to Thomas, then to Burks and finally whipped the ball to Moore.
There the big South Oak Cliff forward wall stiffened and in four plays the Lobos were able to reach only to the Bears' one-foot line, where the ball went over and the first quarter ended two plays later.
The Golden Bruins barely missed a touchdown early int he second period when Pickitt slipped behind the Longview secondary and Hartwyck fired a beautiful pass to him but Pickitt couldn't quite hold on and the ball dropped harmlessly to the ground.
Marbra set Longview back in a hole a few minutes later when he ripped off a booming 63-yard kick to the seven-yard stripe of the Lobos. The locals didn't stay in the hole long, however, for Moore immediately took a pitchout and blazed his way 28 yards around left end to move out of danger.
That was the spark the Lobos needed to drive on to a touchdown. Coley picked up five yards and Wood, on a keeper, spanked guard for 12 https://lobohistory.com. Then Bolger whipped a 26-yard pass to Coley for a first down on the South oak Cliff 26. Bolger went over right tackle for seven and then, on a pitchout, Moore ripped around left end for 19 yards and a touchdown with Pierce throwing a jarring block to take out the last South Oak Cliff defender.
There was some fine faking by Bolger on this play as he pulled the South Oak Cliff tacklers in before finally pitching to Moore who raced into the end zone without a hand being laid on him. Bolger held the ball and Abney kicked the extra point to put Longview in front 7-0.
Just before the end of the half the Lobos had another touchdown nullified by a penalty Taking possession of the ball on their own 40 after Mabra's punt, the Lobos went 60 yards in three plays. Bolger tossed a 32-yard pass to Moore and Eddy Cooper picked up seven more. Then Bolger dropped back and calmly flipped a 21-yard pass to Coley in the end zone, but the Lobos were guilty of holding and were set back to their own 40 to stymie the scoring bid and the half ended with Longview still leading 7-0.
It took Longview just four plays after the second half kickoff to score its second touchdown. This time Burks took a pitchout from Bolger, ripped around left end and sailed 56 yards to score. The Golden Bears almost over hauled Burks on their five-yard stripe, but King threw a fine block there to shake Burks loose and he jogged on across unmolested. Abney again placed kicked the extra point.
A few minutes later the Lobos blazed 77 yards in five plays for their third touchdown, which Burks scored when he took another pitchout from Bolger and ripped 53 yards to pay dirt after it appeared he had been bottled up just beyond the line of scrimmage. He shook free of two tacklers and when he gained his footing he quickly outdistanced the South Oak Cliff tacklers. This time Abney's placement kick on the try for extra point was wide and low, leaving Longview with a 20-0 lead with a minute and 37 seconds left in the third quarter.
Hartwyck gave the Oak Cliff eleven its first touchdown on the succeeding kickoff when he took Abney's boot on his own six and with a great burst of speed, raced 94 yards down the east sideline to score. Mabra kicked the extra point to whittle Longview's lead to 20-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Continuing their blazing comeback, the Golden Bears struck again on the second play of the third quarter when Phillips broke over right tackle and romped 62 yards for the Dallas eleven's second touchdown. Mabra again converted to cut Longview's lead to 20-14.
Twice int he fading minutes of the contest the Golden Bears threatened without being able to cash in as the stubborn Lobos kept fighting back and succeeded in stemming the tide. Once the visitors got down to Longview's 26-yard stripe midway through the final period but fumbled and guard David Tutt recovered for the Lobos.
With a minute and 19 seconds remaining in the game, the visitors marched to Longview's eight, only to see the battling Lobos brace to hold for downs and take over when Phillips lacked a foot of making a first down over a plunge over tackle.