TYLER - The Tyler Lions completed a remarkable recovery from a poor early season start by winning the district 8-AAAA championship here Friday night with a 34-7 victory over the Longview Lobos.
The Lions and the brilliant running of fullback Newell McCallum and halfback Harold Carter to jump into a three touchdown lead in the first quarter and the Lobos were never in contention. Carter scored three touchdowns, McCallum one and quarterback Daryl Keeling the other to overpower the Lobos right from the very start. Jimmy Wright kicked four extra points for Tyler.
Halfback Richard Cobb scored Longview's only touchdown in the third period and quarterback Bob Abney converted.
Tyler piled up a net of 350 yards rushing - most of it by McCallum and Carter - although the Lobos collected 20 first downs to 16 for the Lions.
The new district champions rolled to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and were ahead at the half 27-0 as they completely outclassed the Lobos who made most of their yardage against the Tyler reserves. McCallum set the pattern of the contest when he raced 42 yards to score on the first play from scrimmage. Carter romped 55 yards for a touchdown before the first quarter was over and set another when he slipped around end for 60 yards in third quarter.
It was Tyler's third district win in as many starts and clinched the title for the Lions regardless of how they far in their final game next week against Marshall.
Tyler did not lose any time in breaking into scoring column. McCallum returned the opening kickoff 58 yards to Longview's 42 yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage ehe took a handoff from D. Keeling and raced 42 yards over right tackle for a touchdown as the Lions cover 100 yards in two plays. Wring kicked the extra point to put Tyler up 7-0.
The first time Longview got the ball the Lobos picked up three first downs before they were forced to punt to Tyler's 30-yard stripe. From there it took the Lions just four plays tons core again with Carter blasting over tackle and scampering 55 yards into the end zone. Wright again booted the extra point.
Tyler drove 57 yards for its third touchdown before the end of the first quarter. A 25-yard scamper by McCallum and another for 22 by Carter enabled the Lions to reach the Longview four from where D. Keeling rammed over center to score. Wright again converted to give Tyler a 21-0 lead at the end of the first period. Jack Stringer recovered a Longview fumble to set up Tyler's fourth quarterback.
After the recovery, a 46-yard pass from D feeling to Carter reached deep into Longview's territory and a 15-yard penalty against the Lobos helped the Lions advance to the eight with Cater going over from the one. Wright's kick on the try for conversion was wide leaving Tyler ahead at the half, 27-0.
The Lobos turned a Tyler fumble into their only touchdown midway through the third period. Tackle Gene Pierce recovered a Tyler bobble on the Lions 42-yard line and Longview moved the needed distance in eight plays. A 14-yard pass from Abney to David Duncan and two ten yard jaunts by Cobb pushed down to Tyler's four with Cobb ripping over left tackle for the score. Abney kicked the extra point.
Tyler's final touchdown came after Phil Holiday recovered a Longview fumble on Tyler's 39-yard line to stop a promising drive by the Lobos to the fourth quarter. On the first play after the recovery Carter romped 60 yards around right end before he was knocked out of bounds by Bill Bolger on Longview's one-yard line. Carter then plowed over left tackle for the touchdown and Wright again converted to end the scoring.
Tyler will meet Wichita Falls, the state's number two team, in the bi-district round of the playoff. The date and site of the game will be set later.