|MARSHALL - The Longview Lobos, bouncing back from a 6-6 tie in the Grand Prairie mud last week, unleashed an awesome ground attack and a dazzling aerial game here Friday night to roll up seven touchdowns in the first three quarters and smother Fort Worth Polytechnic, 50-8.
The tremendous Lobo offense held down by wet weather for three straight weeks, rolled up a ponderous 532 yards on the ground and in the air; and the always great green defense kept the Parrots in their own end of the field nearly all night. It was not until late in the fourth quarter, with the Lobo lineup made up mostly of kids who have been gathering splinters in their posteriors all season from sitting on the bench, that the visitors were able to move the ball inside the 50 yard line.
The Wolves kicked off to the Parrots and the visitors started to move, but a holding penalty nullified it and they had to punt. The Wolves took the kick on a fair catch on the Longview 36 and marched 64 yards to score. Steady gains from seven to 10 yards each moved the ball to the Parrot 10 from which Mac Thomas powered over on a cutback off left tackle.
Doug Bruner fumbled a pitchout on the conversion try but it dribbled into the end zone and he fell on it for the two-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
Near the end of the first period the Lobos scored again. Pete Mobbs intercepted a Holliday pass on the Lobo 46 to fire things up. On second down Abney flipped a 22 harder to Bill Coley on the Poly 35. Thomas chipped in with a 13-yard run and Abney on a keeper added another 10 to the 25. A penalty set the Wolves back to the 30 from where Abney shot a beauty to Larry Boswell, who drove over the goal line almost on all fours, but the officials ruled a knee touched the one-yard line. Abney on a sneak went down the middle for the score.
Abney swept left end for another two-pointer and a 16-0 lead.
In the second period the teams got into a little punt exchange and Longview took one of them on the Lobos 43. On third down, Abney passed to Clark for 14 and a first down on the Parrot 42. On the next play Bruner cracked left tackle, picked up two key blocks around the 40 and went all the way.
Abney tried to kick an extra point and missed and the score was 22-0.
Another touchdown was added in the late minutes of the half after a Holliday punt went out on the Parrot 30. A 15-yard penalty set the Wolves back to the 45 and Abney pitched an incomplete pass. Then, on a rollout, Abney faked another pass, kept the ball and ran 45 yards to score. Abney then kicked the only extra point the Wolves have succeeded in booting this year, 29-0.
Halfway through the third period the Lobos tallied again. A short Holliday punt was returned to the Parrot 19. On the third play Coley took a pitchout and went over fro the six. Abney kicked another and it was 36-0.
A Parrot fumble was turned into another touchdown a few minutes later, Abney hit Boswell with a bullet-like heave on the 15 and he went the rest of the way. Abney kicked another one and it was 43-0.
The shock troops, led by smooth Kim Flint at quarterback scored next. Another Parrot fumble was smothered by George Willige on the Fort Worth 18. Three plays later Flint hit Willige on the six. Then he handed off to Willard Wright who slashed off let tackle and angled into the end zone to score. Abney kicked another, and it was a nice, round 50 to 0.
With a minute and 10 seconds remaining and the Lobos' youngsters all in the lineup, the Parrots struck softly for their lone tally. Taking over on downs on the Poly 48, Holliday lofted a beautiful shaft to Billy Telford for 47 yards on the 15. Faking a pass beautifully on the next play, Holliday kept it and breezed inside left end for 15 and the score. Holliday passed to Larry Thompson for the extra points to end the scoring.
It was another case of superior blocking, sure tackling and fine running and passing combining to overpower an outgunned foe. The Wolves rolled up 24 first downs to only five for the visitors and in every department simply outclassed the Parrots.