|MARSHALL - The Longview Lobos have taken up the foreign car dealer's slogan.
Whereas the salesman boasts, "Get more mileage per gallon," the Longview Lobos chant, "Get more mileage per kick."
The Lobos proved that point Friday night when they thumped the Marshall Mavericks, 9 to 7, in a fingernail-biting type of District 8-AAAA football game at Maverick Stadium before a packed house on a hot fall October evening.
The win for the Lobos gives them a 4-3 season mark and a 1-1mark in district action. The loss for the Mavericks was their second in league play. They are now 4-3 in second action.
Longview's Ronald Cook's toe for gave the Lobos the victory in the fourth quarter of play by grabbing the lead with only 55 seconds remaining in the contest. Cook is Longview's kicking specialist and he truly earned his "Green Helmet" Friday night on his 16-yard boot that gave the Lobo fans something to talk about for months to come.
Marshall tried mightily to give Longview a black "I" here Friday night, the Lobos already had three shiners for the season.
Quarterback James Street, a junior, and a bristling Longview defense combined together to brand Marshall with a convincing defeat.
The Lobos were trusted in the first period by a fumble in the end zone by quarterback James Street which gave the Mavericks their first touchdown of the contest.
After Cook booted the 12-yard field goal with quarterback Street holding, the Lobo fans truly yelled their lungs out. It was a victory that was needed badly by the team.
Those never-say die Longview Lobos today are sure they have convinced a lot of fans that when there is still playing time on the clock, there's always a chance tow in. There will be no greater football game in Maverick Stadium, than that played Friday night.
Longview, flashing awesome power that netted 159 yards. They had 115 rushing and 44 through the airlines. The big 16-yarder by the foot of Cook looked the best because it recorded a three-pointer that was needed to win the ball game.
Longview won the toss and elected to receive. Ronnie Hammers booted the ball off and deep safety Harold Bridges took the pigskin and moved to the 25 before he was given a shoe string tackle by a host of Mavericks.
Sx plays later and one first down, Cook was elected to punt the ball out on the Lobo 40-yard line. He got a bad snap from the center and nearly didn't get the ball off. The ole pigskin went about 15 feet high and landed on the 50-yard line.
Marshall couldn't move the ball and on fourth down on the Lobo 41, Longview took over when fullback Steve Bridger was stopped by a great host of Lobos.
So the Lobos took over on the 41 with less than seven minutes to go in the first quarter. Eight plays later Street sailed the ball in the air and it was intercepted by Gerald Haddock on the 35-yard line.
The Mavs took over on their own 35-yard line. On the first try fullback Bridger carried up the middle to the 39. Then halfback Gerald Haddock went to the 41. So Bridger was elected to carry again to the 45 before he was stopped by Jimmy Molpus.
Marshall was on the 45 with a first and 10. On the first play a Lobo player was called offsides and the Mavericks were given a free five-yarded to the mid-field stripe.
With first and five, quarterback Mike Bean plowed to the 47. Then halfback Tommy Ray moved the ball to the 46. It as fourth down and one yard for a first and 10. Steve Bridgers punted the ball out. The ole pigskin went high and James Street was the deep man.
The ball hit Street (officials say) on the one or two-yard line. A big rush for the ball by the Marshall club came and when the dust was all cleared, end Jimmy Ethridge was on top of the pigskin and the officials gave the Mavericks six points for their effort.
Vernard Grimes' booted the extra point to give Marshall a 7 to 0 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Linebacker Dickle McDaniel intercepted a pass from the arm of quarterback Mike Beane with 7:10 to go in the first quarter to set up Longview's touchdown.
Here is what took place. Now listen. Cook had punted to the Mavericks on fourth down and nine needed for a first. The ball rolled dead on the 25-yard line. Marshall took over on the 25. Halfback Ronnie Clark was the first carrier for the Marshall club and he lost one when Pat Lindsey came through with a blow to the side. Then halfback Tommy Asaff moved the ball to the 28. So on the next play from the 28, Beane went to the airlines. He sailed the ball to McDaniel on the 34-yard line.
Nine plays later, fullback Glen Cobb went over from left tackle from the two for the touchdown and the Lobo fans went wild. We won't say how wild but it was wild. Cobb's two-point try failed as he was tackled near the goal line on the left side.
In the touchdown march the big gainer was wingback Rusty Musser. The talented runner on a hand-off from Street sprinted to the left side from the 21 to the 9-yard stripe before the Mavericks could put their arms around him.
On the next play on the nine, Street rolled to the left to the three for a six yard gain. Street again turned to his left and went to the two. Then Mr. Cobb went over for the touchdown.
With 2:30 remaining in the third period, the Lobos were "fired" up to play more ball. The Mavericks didn't let up. They continued to hit, block and tackle.
Jim Bennett punt the ball on the five-yard line on third down with 13 needed for a first with 4:23 to go in the game.
On the 47-yard line, quarterback Street rolled to his right and sailed the ball down field. The receiver was to be wingback Rusty Musser. However, he was held by Ben McBridge, according to the officials, and interference was called on the Mavericks.The pass was good for 18 yards on the 15-yard line.
With a first and 10, Longview needed to get the ball in field goal range if they couldn't score. On the first try Cobb went off left guard to the 11. Then Cook carried to the seven. Cobb came through and carried to the three.
Then on the next play Cobb went off left tackle into the end zone for the touchdown. However, a penalty was called against the Lobos for backfield in motion and the ball was pushed back to the six-yard line.
Marshall's defense got tough. Street on the first try carried to the five. Then again Street on a keeper was stopped for no gain. It was fourth down and five for a touchdown. So Coach Bain elected to have Cook try for a field goal with 1:01 on the clock.
The field goal accuracy of specialist Cook provided the difference in a wild, bet-everything high school football game. The ball sailed through the middle of the uprights with no trouble at all.