TYLER - John Tyler's defense kept Longview bottled up in its own backfield most of the night while the Lion offense struck for two long touchdowns to gain a 14-0 victory over the Lobos in a District 8-AAAA contest played before approximately 8,000 fans in Rose Stadium.
The win pushed John Tyler's 8-AAAA record to 2-1 and kept its title hopes alive. Longview now stands 2-2 in league combat and 5-4 overall. The victory was the eighth in nine games for John Tyler, playing its last home game of the season.
Longview could never gets it offense rolling, and didn't cross midfield until late in the fourth quarter. The Lobos managed only five first downs and 86 yards offensively against a tough Lion defense.
John Tyler posted its first score with 2:07 left before halftime when fullback Maxie Clark broke off tackle then cut to the right and scampered 52 yards to pay dirt. A kick by barefooted Jake Wills for the PAT sailed off to the left. The Lions had taken over on their own 48 following a Longview punt and Clark's stunning touchdown run was the first play from scrimmage.
The Lions took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards for their second touchdown. The score came with 9:36 remaining int he their quarter when quarterback Danny Palmer rifled a pass to wingback Jimmy Wells. The pass-run play covered 47 yards. Palmer hit end Doug Wyatt with a pass for the two-point conversion.
Longview had a touchdown nullified because of a clipping penalty with only 57 seconds left in the game. Quarterback James Street hit back Rusty Musser with a screen pass and fleet-footed Musser ran by the entire Lion team to the goal line 80 yards away. The Lobo penalty, however, brought the pigskin back to the Longview 37-yard line.
The Lobos, having the ball for just four offensive plays at a time most of the night, were not able to cross the midfield stripe until a 15-yard John Tyler illegal use of the hands penalty gave Longview a first down at the Lion 46 with only minutes left in the game.
John Tyler threatened several other times during the game but were able to punch across another touchdown. The Lions took the opening kickoff and marched fro their own 19 to the Longview nine-yard line where a field goal attempt by Doug Wyatt went off to the right with 4:17 left in the period.
In the second quarter, the Lions drove from their own 37 to the Lobo 16-yard line but a fourth down and one situation, Clark was thrown for a yard loss by an alert Longview defense.
John Tyler marched down to the Longview 25 in the third quarter but a Palmer pass was intercepted by Edward Harbour. The Lions went from their 44 to the Lobo 13 in the fourth stanza but a field goal by Wyatt failed to find the mark with 9:45 left in the game.
John Tyler's offense was sparked by the running of Clark, who gained 127 yards on 20 carries. Palmer, more accurate than any other time this season, completed eight of 12 passes for 100 yards.