|LONGVIEW - Longview's power-laden 8-AAAA Lobos punched out a 22-6 victory over Arlington Heights of Fort Worth at Lobo Stadium Friday night after breaking the Yellow Jacket spirit with an untieing touchdown in the third quarter.
The win was a third mile stone on Longview's non-district road this year following a slugging 32-21 victory over Sunset of Dallas in the first week of play and an easy 26-8 steal last week over Fort Worth's North Side.
All wasn't strawberries and shortcake in the Arlington Heights battle, though. The Lobos slammed through a first touchdown in the first quarter after a stiff offensive and defensive display from both sides of the battle line followed in the second quarter by a tying Arlington Heights score which held throughout the first half.
The second half went to Longview hands down as they picked up a second touchdown in the third period and a fourth just before the gun sounded ending the struggle.
The Lobo offense strength lacked the sparkle displayed against Sunset and North Side due to a soggy field. Short stabs by halfback Pete Mobbs, Douglas Bruner and Ray Chancelor and fullback Larry Shoemaker made up the difference in turf speed.
Line strength, on offense an defense, clicked better than usual, with injured guard Jerry Earnhardt and Ronald Lancaster taking turns about in that slot. Tackle Buddy Cochran and end Larry Seale sparkled on offense.
Quarterback Kim Flint, held out of practice all week due to minor illness, proved running ability with his first touchdown scamper of the season. He accounted for three scores on passes during the first two games.
Fullback Willard Wright, filling in for Shoemaker several times, also got touchdown fever and picked the Lobo's third score Friday night. It was his first.
Bruner upped his season touchdown record to three, catching up with Mobbs and Shoemaker.
Arlington Heights doggedly held the hustling Lobos during most of the first period of play, keeping them mired down on two series of plays.
That wasn't for keeps, though, with the Lobos proving their power on a third possession of the ball.
Chancelor got Longview off the stumbling block with a smooth recovery of a Yellow Jacket fumble on the Arlington Heights 42 yard line. Flint pitched out to Bruner to pick up a first down, and four plays later hit him with a 14-yard pass for another first down. That set the Lobos on their first launching pad of the game. Then, Shoemaker picked up five yards, Bruner repeating for five, Bruner repeating for five and Shoemaker moved it to the 4.
Flint slammed over from the 4 through center for the first touchdown of the game. Chancelor took a pitchout on point-after try but was stopped short. The score came nine and half minutes into the first quarter, on a 54-yard drive.
Arlington Heights fought back, with quarterback Dwain Heath, fullback Mike O'Grady and halfback Homer Price punching out three first downs and picking up 56 yards, only to give up possession on downs on the Lobo 24.
Lobo halfback Mobbs took a hand off and picked up two yards on the first play, followed by a pass from Flint to Bruner for 13 yards and a first down. But, the Yellow Jackets nipped the drive when Price intercepted a pass meant for Mobbs and went over standing up for Arlington Heights lone score of the game.
A conversion pass try from Heath to end Tom Magoffin fell short, tying the score at 6-6 with six and a half minutes left in the half.
The Lobos tried to get out of the hole with a series of four first downs, picking up 80 yards on the go and moving to the Yellow Jacket 5. A Lobo fumble was recovered by Arlington Heights seconds before the half ended.
Longview took the kickoff after the half and didn't turn lose of the ball until they blasted a straight path to pay dirt on a 44-yard drive. They slammed out five first downs on the way.
Bruner and Shoemaker stabbed through on five line plays to set the ball on Arlington Heights' 1-yard line and Bruner spurted through center over final ground. Mobbs hit Bruner on a short pass for 2 points, rolling the score clock to 14-6. The touchdown came with a lucky 7:11 left in the third period.
Arlington Heights bucked hard against a stout Lobo defense, keeping play on Longview's end of the field for remainder of the third quarter.
The fourth period was some more of the same hard driving but no serious gains until only three minutes remained.
After taking a fourth down punt from Yellow Jacket fullback O'Grady, the Lobos punched out a third and final touchdown on six plays from 35 yards out.
Wright, replacing Shoemaker picked up two yards on first down, and Mobbs wriggled downfield on a 24-yard broken field run scamper that paved the way for the score. He was stopped on the 9, but took over to pick up eight yards on three tries.
That put the chip right on Arlington Height's holder, with them battling back from their own 1.
Wright pulled the cork with a dash for the final yard and third Lobo touchdown with only 8 seconds left in the game.
Mobbs unlimbered on a short pass, hitting Bruner for extra points, rolling the Longview victory to a final 22-6.